Penn South panorama

Amazing little patch of freshly mowed grass

Panorama of freshly mowed grass and street at Penn South.  

Panorama of freshly mowed grass and street at Penn South.  

It is very interesting to observe the contrast between the greenery on one side of the street and the asphalt and concrete on the other. I am an avid reader of Jane Jacob's views on urban development. She would consider the decorative lawns spaces that are dead zones, empty spaces that make people feel isolated and unsafe. In the 60's and 70's when they city had many dead zones, these lawns seemed foreboding. Now, there are so few unused spaces in Manhattan, the lawns provide a rare expanse of greenery. Hardly unused, the lawns provide space for a myriad of birds and serve as an expanse for people to sit on benches and enjoy.