After a thrilling visit to the Guggenheim for a Kandinsky retrospective, I headed back to my bed on the Upper West Side. On the sidewalk by Central Park, I could see Tavern on the Green fully-lit, and couldn’t resist the retro appeal of the venerable restaurant at night.

Tavern on the Green lanterns at night
Japanese lanterns at Tavern on the Green, where great romances begin and end in front of strangers.

As I inched closer to get a good shot of the Japanese lanterns, I saw a desperate woman grasping on to a clearly uncomfortable man:

“It’s just… that… I don’t know how to give you what you want…”

There is probably nothing worse than overhearing an horrific, prolonged break up. Especially when you have sufficient life experience in the field of breakups. Since I am not a crazy person or resident New Yorker, I had no business walking up and settling this matter, New Yorker-style. I took the polite, Canadian approach. While appearing to snap away pictures of the beautiful Japanese lanterns a mere 15 feet away, I whispered, “Tough love… tough love…”

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