At the foot of The World Trade Center buildings, The World Financial Center
area was in the neighborhood of my apartment. So I often visited there for a walk. Especially a glass covered atrium
"Winter Garden" was my favorite place. The atrium was fully air
conditioned. So it's totally kept away from rain, snow, death heat in Summer
or damn cold wind in Winter. However as the name described, I loved the
atrium of winter.
Palm trees were lined in the hall. Benches and Tables were placed here
and there. There were offices, restaurants and small shopping mall around
the hall. In the sky light from the roof, office workers had lunch or read
book. Meanwhile on the weekend, families came up. People took a time for
reading the article on the thick Sunday paper drinking coffee. The atrium
was also popular for Asian just-married couple as the location of bridal
photo session. Winter Garden also had a variety of entertainment like a
concert, a play or an exhibition. Elaborate events sponsored by big company
were held almost every week. Because it's in the business center.
On the day, I was reading the news paper on the bench. A woman looked like
in her short break came up and sat down on the next bench. In the soft
ambient light of winter, she took a greeting card from the pink colored
envelope. She had been putting something on the card for a while. She checked
the message once again and smiled. Then she put it back to the envelope.
The most loving thing to me, it must be watching the people who spent their
own time in the Winter Garden rather than the garden itself.
I went outside through the revolving door. At the yacht harbor of South Cove, removed snow was highly piled up, and
wind from the Hudson river was freezingly cold. It's still long way from Spring in New York.
"Envelope" NYC, New York, USA 1992