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Prospect Park Springs Back to Life 

The first public art installation in Prospect Park since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic calls on viewers to celebrate. The text is from a poem by Lucille Clifton. March 9, 2021. Photo by Norah Hogan

Four months ago, fears of a “long dark winter” loomed over the country and New York. For many, picnics in the park and long walks had been a saving grace during most of the Covid pandemic.  The thought of hunkering down in small New York City apartments during the darkest months of the year without movie theaters, museums, and cozy bars presented a new challenge, an arctic tundra of the mind. Today, New York City reached 64 degrees  and people took to the park to celebrate. With 2,405,191 New Yorkers at least partially vaccinated and the smell of spring in the air, the city turns a new page.

People gather on picnic blankets for a sunny afternoon on the main lawn in Prospect Park. March 9, 2021. Photo by Norah Hogan

A trio plays music for passers-by in front of a baseball field in Prospect Park. March 9, 2021. Photo by Norah Hogan

A neon t-ball bat sits beside a disposal medical mask in the dirt in Prospect Park. March 9, 2021. Photo by Norah Hogan

A child sits on a park bench next to her discarded jacket. March, 9, 2021. Photo by Norah Hogan

Two runners leave Prospect Park. March 9, 2021. Photo by Norah Hogan

A child and a masked adult sit on a tree in Prospect Park. March 9, 2021. Photo by Norah Hogan

Yellow flowers wrapped in colorful string hang as part of a memorial  in Prospect Park. March 9, 2021. Photo by Norah Hogan