This letter is based on “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens, which is a story concerned with privilege and inequality. The Village of Irvington has two riverfront parks. The first is Matthiessen Park, which is now undergoing major renovations that will make it more inviting and, with open access to everyone — hopefully, it will be free of politics. Now, a little south of Matthiessen, on River Road, is Scenic Hudson Park. It’s free of politics because it’s open to all, and to borrow from Dickens, it’s been open to all in the best of times and the worst of times. It’s the perfect place for fantastic views of New York City (day or night), morning walks, picnics, playground games, pick-up baseball or soccer games on one of the fields. There are lots of shade trees here. There is even a basketball court, and there are flowers, benches, and places to play and lay in the grass. But most importantly, Scenic Hudson Park offers something Dickens never had to worry writing about — free parking.

Daniel Rush


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