Mad, Extravagant City

Via 99% Invisible’s “Some Other Sign that People Do Not Totally Regret Life“, I was reminded of the companion passages from Walt Whitman and Frank O’Hara in the fencing of Battery Park City.

“One need never leave the confines of New York to get all the greenery one wishes—I can’t even enjoy a blade of grass unless I know there’s a subway handy, or a record store or some other sign that people do not totally regret life.” — Frank O’Hara

“City of the world! (for all races are here; / All the lands of the earth make contributions here;) / City of the sea! city of hurried and glittering tides! / City whose gleeful tides continually rush or recede, whirling in and out, with eddies and foam! / City of wharves and stores! city of tall façades of marble and iron! / Proud and passionate city! mettlesome, mad, extravagant city!” – Walt Whitman