Photo by myself on Prospect Park West, in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
A couple kids hanging out on the sidewalk.
Behind them, a typical stoop to an apartment building. Most people don't have yards, so kids spend their time in the streets or public parks.
The streets in Park Slope are lined with trees and charming brownstones. It's really not so bleak as it looks.
Speaking of children, it's the last gasp of summer but you can still help out with the Fresh Air Fund.
Host families are still needed to help kids have a break from city life. Families in nearby suburbs and towns can host children for a mini-summer vacation. Children are selected from the toughest New York City neighborhoods, where a vacation from the asphalt and pavement is unheard of.
If you can't host a child, you can contribute in other ways. The Fresh Air Fund runs five summer camps in upstate New York that help 3,000 kids each summer. Kids go hiking, swim, learn arts and crafts and make friends. I'm sure for most of these kids, it's a life-changing experience.
For more about the Fresh Air Fund and to donate online, click here.
Related posts: A Kid's Life, in Brooklyn, Playing Ball in the Public Courts and The Carousel, Bryant Park.