Drifting in Daylight: A Magical Moment along the Harlem Meer

Harlem Meer

The S.S. Hangover floating along a peaceful Harlem Meer. Photo: C. Nelson, 2015.

The Harlem Meer is one of my favorite places — not only in New York but the whole world. It’s a calming oasis to escape the noise and grit of the Manhattan grid where tourists rarely venture and locals cherish as their own backyard. Creative Time, a groundbreaking arts organization started in 1973, has recently launched a six-week outdoor exhibition called Drifting in Daylight featuring everything from sunset-flavored ice cream (for free) to dance performances on the Great Hill. My favorite part is the roving boat named S.S. Hangover that circles the meer playing hauntingly beautiful brass music. The video doesn’t do it justice. You have to experience it in person to feel the fresh air against your skin as you take in the beautiful sounds. This work of art by Ragnar Kjartansson makes this urban retreat even more special.

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About Craig Nelson

Exploring, cooking, drinking, riding the subway, bowling...a writer and editor based in New York. I'm a city lover who edits the blog for EuroCheapo, writes for NewYork.com, tweets for NFT, explores for Spotted By Locals and has worked at various small companies like Google (for a gig at Zagat and Google Maps). In my free time, I like to create projects like this: Chinatown Chow Down NYC. Feel free to drop a line at across106thstreet@gmail.com or on twitter at @across106th.
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