Where were they now

The sun fails to deliver; looking west from 57th street.


If you happened to be in Manhattan last night, as I was, this is what you would not have seen. Not even a little.

Maybe you and a friend would have even raced across town from a restaurant in Chinatown (so so good!), taken the D train to the 7 (the 7!) to the 5 and ended up at East 57th Street, which Neil deGrasse Tyson noted was one of the “clear cross streets” for seeing this gorgeous celestial event. And maybe you would then immediately hear from other friends that the night before (when the full sun was on the grid) was apparently amazing, but for some reason, you had been convinced that this would be the better night and had put all your (proverbial) money on it.

And there as you stood in the dead center of the street each time the light changed, looking down the length of 57th Street, you might have thought that what you were seeing was somewhat beautiful in its own way, but not in any way involving the sun, which was thoughtlessly hiding behind the clouds. And so your final opportunity to see Manhattanhenge 2012 (what kismet had brought you to the city that very week!) would be over.

And then you and your dejected friends would go to a gelato place near Columbus Circle, which would turn out to be the most fantastic gelato you’d ever had in your life. And you’d realize, as you always realize when returning to your hometown, that unexpected events in life are worth paying attention to, even when you’re trying to pay attention to other things.

And then you and your friend, the one you’d raced across town with, would get back on another train and head home.

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