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June 13, 2016 #2

On Thursday night I rode through the park after 10PM. As I approached the Bethesda Fountain area I gasped from the suffocating stench hanging in the air from the aftermath of the fireworks display.
I saw thick white smoke like it was snowing around the Mall and Bandshell. There were many FDNY vehicles and personnel around the Carriage Turnaround area.
I stopped to speak to a group of firemen who sat on the wooden guardrails along the Transverse. It was a pointless conversation but one I felt compelled to conduct just so it may register somewhere in the Universe.
Why after all the already destructive things put in place to create the event of the Philharmonic performing in the park was it necessary to explode toxic chemicals into the air as some sort of crescendo? Was the music that unimpressive that it needed this mindless event to cap off the performance?
I couldn’t help imagine the people behind the organization of the event at now some VIP party drinking Champagne and having celebratory chit chat with each other. I never stopped thinking of what all the park’s animals went through during the explosions and I wondered why power always seem to end up in the hands of the most uncaring and ruthless human beings.
For now, all I can do is wonder.

More from Monday June 13, 2016.

I have written to the NYC Parks Commissioner to have a memorial erected in the Ramble in honor of Manuel Sobral who was killed during the landscape project earlier this year.
If you would like to support this effort here is the Commissioner's contact:

Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver

Dear Sir:

Please consider erecting a memorial of some sort dedicated to Manuel Alexandre Carvalho Sobral, 56, of Union, NJ.

Mr Sobral was killed on Monday, February 22, 2016 in the Ramble, Central Park. He was born in Vila Flor, Tras-Os-Montes, Portugal.

Mr Sobral's Obituary:

NY Post story of his accident:

I believe that this man deserves a memorial for the heavy price he paid during his work for the Central Park Conservancy. Too often we pay homage to the rich and famous and neglect to acknowledge the many lesser known men and women that contribute to making this park a beautiful place. Recently the Ramble was opened up to the public after several months of closing for the landscape work that Mr Sobral was instrumental in making happen.

I am sure his family will be honored if they were consulted for this small token of appreciation for his work and the ultimate price he paid for this landscaping project. I am also certain that all his fellow workers will be honored to know that though they were paid for their hard laborious work, we appreciate the toll it sometimes takes on them. The memorial may also serve to remind many of us who visit the Ramble, that more than money is sometimes spent to make accessible all the beauty and solace that special place offers.

Thank you,

Lincoln Karim