It was 2017.
We were celebrating our second year as full-time housesitters in Europe with a “treat” trip to New York on our way to visit folk in NZ for a few weeks. Autumn was starting to take effect in New York, with bracing temperatures that made us walk faster than usual for miles on end to explore and keep warm.
Sometimes when I get tired, I do tend to stare down, with my feet still surprisingly marching along even though my brain is screaming, “For goodness sake have a break”. Of course, I didn’t listen and we kept going. One certain wet afternoon we stumbled upon quite a few pavement plaques. It ignited our interest so much so that our energy levels were magically restored.
The Pavement Art I am referring to is the ambitious LeFevre project which lines East 41st Street between Fifth and Park Avenues. Bronze plaques sculptured by Mr LeFevre, all 96 of them, bear quotations from famous writers: Mark Twain, Langston Hughes, Albert Camus, Dylan Thomas, José Martí, to name a few.
Artwork illustrates their words.
As you can imagine we only managed less than half of them, as it was starting to get more crowded on that sidewalk with office dwellers streaming out of their offices.
Library Way’s location was thoughtfully created as the street leads straight to the main entrance of New York Public Library’s historic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
Here are a few I did capture as people rushed past me not bothering to look down.
We did manage to have a coffee break and a sit down in between reading and reflecting.
To read more inspiring quotes on the streets of New York Library-way
Isn’t it so refreshing in this dense and sometimes overwhelming city that visitors and locals can see things that make them pause and reflect? I do, as these are the moments that made our time in New York magical.