The ideas expressed by Lelyveld in the Pershing Square narrative are indicative of a life lived in the vibrant past because of a historical asset that has now since become devoid of the emotional feeling it once sparked within others. For example, the “America’s Sweetheart” description that eloquently is used to describe the park has become the forlorn depiction of what was once the truth about a place that bore the fruit of NYC and entertained many by dazzling inhabitants with dark shady trees and many park benches.
The fact the park is viewed upon as an eyesore spectacle induces the vision of a Pershing Square that is not only way past its prime, but a park that is now the antithesis of what a park is supposed to be, an area for rest and relaxation. Although the responses by the patrons of the park that call for another renovation is indicative of the current level of pessimism surrounding the park but the level of ambition behind creating anew for those who seek refuge from a bustling city must be more empowering to make the dream a reality.
The idea of patrons wanting a real park to visit and to have a good time at is ostensibly the same vision desired by the author. The idea for renovating the park into a more inhabitable residence is important to everyone. The previous renovation left much to be desired since the renovation did more to detract from the park than add to it. Without the proper scope of vision to create the proper landscape that will be of desire to park goers, Pershing Square is indirectly depicted to become a ghost park that will inhabit less people year after year until it’s a sun-drenched yet gloomy barrier blocked vacant space in the city.
The thought of the park going abandoned and falling into disarray is the beckoning call to drive the lovers of the park to do more to save and renovate the park. By exhibiting desire for renovation, the park can perhaps relive some of its glory days. However, the notion that such renovation is merely a trend and the attentiveness of patrons to want to attend the park is likely a fleeting desire that will one day become, regardless of what renovations occur, as empty and lifeless as the park is described by the author and patrons.