Tuesday, March 29, 2016

What Has The Lawn Been Up To All Winter?

Our lawn was installed on Friday, just in time to soak up some serious rain earlier this week. Underneath the soil, the sod is sending down roots and knitting together to form a strong carpet for all the exciting events and twilight picnics to come this summer.
We haven't seen the lawn since October, so we caught up to see what it's been up to this winter.

BP: Hey Lawn, 'lawng' time no see! Get it?
Lawn: Good one. Never heard that before. 
BP: So how did you spend your winter?
Lawn: Well, first I go visit some of my friends and family from far-off places. I'm part Kentucky Bluegrass, and every year we have a big family reunion in Louisville. We hang out and swap stories of our crazy summer adventures. I like to brag about the running of the lawn on Film Festival Mondays. My folks back home know I'm an NYC celebrity. I try to be modest so they don't feel bad.
BP: That's so considerate of you.


Lawn: Then it's time to power through the stack of mail that accumulates during the summer and fall. A lot of it is fan mail, and I take the time to reply to each and every note, except when folks ask me to send them locks of my hair. That I won't do. I also subscribe to a ton of magazines - New York Magazine, the New Yorker, Better Homes and Gardens. The Reading Room is kind enough to hold my mail for me until I can read it all once winter begins.
BP: I didn't know you could read!
Lawn: Of course! I also have a degree in turf management, and have picked up several languages over the course of my summers at Bryant Park.
BP: Okay, so what's next? Once you've read all those magazines?
Lawn: This might shock you, but I actually love ice skating. I trained with Nancy Kerrigan. I can do some sweet spins. I spend a lot of time here in Bryant Park practicing my moves.
BP: You mean to tell me that you, the Bryant Park lawn, come to The Rink at Bryant Park during the wintertime?
Lawn: Sure. It's free!
BP: How do you make the transition from winter to spring so seamlessly? You look great.
Lawn: It's very important that, each winter, I save time for a little TLC. I get my hair done, get a mud mask, get all my weeds pulled out, and do a macrobiotic cleanse. I do some yoga, go to the chiropractor, and meditate. It's not easy being the largest Manhattan greensward south of Central Park, but someone's got to do it. I figure if I feel good, I'll look good, too.
BP: Thanks for taking the time to talk, Lawn! We learned a lot.
Lawn: Sure thing. Now if you'll excuse me, I have some people-watching to do.
This lawn-gazing chair pair has the right idea - that's some good-lookin' grass.
Illustrations by Bryant Park Corporation staff member Rachel Zurier.

2 comments:

  1. A little bit West of the Northeast corner of the lawn the grass is already brown and dying. This area was brown and dying Last Summer. Just thought you should know.

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  2. A little bit West of the Northeast corner of the lawn the grass is already brown and dying. This area was brown and dying Last Summer. Just thought you should know.

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