Happy *belated* July Fourth, everyone! Hope you all enjoyed quality time with loved ones and barbequed a ton. I had a four-day weekend myself and somehow made no plans. On a regular weekend, I tend to fit in a million tasks (including sending out my weekly fashion roundup and deciding what I want to post about next). Hence, for this long one, I made like Pocahontas and went where the wind took me.
One of my adventures led me to Astoria Park. I’m sad to say that this was my first visit, despite having lived in New York for so many years. And boy have I been missing out. The park is located between RFK Triborough Bridge and Hell Gate Bridge and lined by the east river on one side. Yes, apparently there’s a Hell Gate Bridge. Did any of my fellow New Yorkers know about this? Because I sure as “hell” didn’t. Once I got over my incredibly bad pun, I took a second to admire the families bonding with each other – children with ice cream smeared on their faces, dogs panting in the summer heat and friends throwing around frisbees. It was a perfect summer day.
If you do visit Astoria Park, walk towards the pier and wander underneath the Hell Gate Bridge. The colorful graffiti on the walls will take your breath away. And I’m not talking people’s names etched in cursive. Fittingly, there was a painting of the Statue of Liberty with ‘Freedom’ written next to it. There was also a Bald Eagle with the words ‘Liberty’ and ‘Justice’ surrounding it. In fact, it was an ideal spot for a July Fourth post!
In today’s world, these small words hold tremendous value. I consider myself fortunate to be living in a country where I’m able to enjoy these rights. However, it’s up to us to unite and ensure everyone else can enjoy them as well. After all, they’re not luxuries, they’re basic rights all humans should have access to. These are the principles this wonderful country was based on and I look forward to continue abiding by them.