Monday, January 10, 2011
Teri Tynes has posted a delightful vignette about walking through MacDougal Alley and Washington Mews in New York City following the recent snowfall. These preserved horse stable alleys straddle 5th Avenue in New York and illustrate why alleys need not be considered as simply places for trash and services. Many years ago someone in one of the city development offices or more likely, within the community, was thinking ahead when this little enclave was spared the wrecking ball. Alleys like these, humanize the harsh reality that surrounds them. One's heart is warmed strolling through these inner city oases as you think about living in the alley 100 years ago when the horses and their owners struggled with blizzards like this.