A Contemporary “Song of Songs” Inspires a Walk in and around Riverside Park
Led By Jane Mushabac
We’ll meet at the Schinasi Mansion at 351 Riverside Drive at 107th Street. Award-winning Sephardic writer Jane Mushabac’s short story, “Kantiga” (Song), published in Judeo-Spanish in “Aki Yerushalayim,” is based on the biblical “Song of Songs,” and is set during the spring of 2021 when the beauty of Riverside Park and nearby places was a great solace during the pandemic. The walk will visit several of the places that animate the story, serving both as backdrops for the two young people’s meetings, and as sources for metaphors in their expressions. The nearby places include the Fireman’s Memorial, the Lotus Garden, the Statue of Kossuth, and the Hudson River where Cherry Walk begins. At one stop, there will be a 15- minute reading of the story in English.
The spot where we're meeting, 351 Riverside Drive at 107th St. in Manhattan, may be reached easily by subway or bus. Our route distance is approximately 3 miles, so wear comfortable walking shoes. We’ll be outside almost the entire time. Although our meeting place is accessible, the walk is not, as it includes several staircases.
RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.