GOODBYE GIANT YELLOW BEAR
The giant yellow bear that has plopped down on Park Avenue for several months has spent its last day here. This eye-catching oddity was created by Swiss artist Urs Fischer, and reportedly weighs 35,000 pounds. For my daughter Sophia, the yellow bear has become a regular sight on her morning walks. Today we had to say goodbye to yellow bear and the security guards that we've befriended these last few months: Dennis, Rasheed, and Carmelo. It's amazing how weird Seagram Plaza feels without these individuals - and without the giant bright yellow sculpture. For decades the Plaza was defined by open concrete space, flanked by two fountain depots. But in just a few short months, the bear and those guarding him have come to be a normal, even welcome sight. At least from Sophia's perspective.