This photo that I posted on Instagram last week from the Museum Mile Festival is a perfect snapshot of a NYC summer moment. If you’re from here, or have ever visited during the summer months, you may know what I mean. There’s a certain energy and a feeling of endless possibilities in early summer here in NYC – before New Yorkers get tired of the heat and the smells and the humidity, which thankfully, hasn’t descended on us yet. As days stretch longer into the evening hours, that light at dusk lingers and bathes the city all golden. It’s almost a shame to be inside at this hour.
June is also a month of transitions and it always catches me off guard whenever it rolls around because it’s disorienting. No matter how many times we mark the end of the school year, June, with all the end of the year performances and parties always feels like a long, dragged out good bye. I generally don’t like good byes, so emotionally it’s an unsettling month for me. It isn’t until we get settled comfortably into our summer routines that things start to feel balanced again.
I’m surprised that we had never gone to the Museum Mile Festival before this year. It doesn’t start until the evening and it’s a bit of a haul to the upper east side from where we live in Brooklyn, so it’s one of those scenarios where we have to get motivated at the end of the day to get out the door. But I’m so glad that we did because it was one of those magical New York evenings with the perfect weather, the perfect golden hour light, and the perfect energy.
The Museum Mile Festival is basically one big art block party with free entrance to museums. About 20 blocks along 5th Ave, which borders Central Park and intersects with a number of museums, are closed off. There’s something about being able to walk in the middle of a normally congested street of zooming cars that feels liberating and a little bit rebellious. The streets are filled with music and people drawing with chalk, and since this was a day after the horrible Orlando shootings, we saw many message of love, tolerance and peace. It was exactly what we needed after an unspeakable event such as this. In the same way that people are drawn together to hold vigils, it feels good to be with other people, no matter the purpose of the gathering, to restore your faith that there is still hope and positivity in this world.