Someone is listening to you

I wasn’t sure I liked it when it first went up, but after seeing Jaume Plensa’s bright, 40-feet-tall statue Echo again last week, when I went to meet Ashley at Madison Square Eats, I have to admit I really felt differently. Echo, with her long, elegant face seems to be both framed by and mirror the buildings around her–and I loved the way the people enjoying the park interact with her. She seems to reflect some of the peace that New Yorkers can find in our small respites from the city, like on the oval lawn at Madison Square Park. She will be listening to us through August 14 as part of the park’s Conservatory art program. (Remember these?)

If the crowds at Eataly’s beer garden are too much, you could do much worse than a picnic in the park–or taking in a beer and a Shack burger–with this as your scene.

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