This column is a culmination of many events. Where to begin? First and foremost, I’d like to thank the thirty or so Walloon families that settled what would become present day New York City on the shores of the Hudson River around 1624. Way to go. Lets also give it up to Dutch settler Peter Minuit, who created New Amsterdam when he bought Manhattan Island from the Algonquin Indians for some glass beads, a mirror, and a Dwight Evans rookie card. Good looking out dude.

I’d also like to thank the civic-minded members of the old merchant aristocracy who pressed for a public park in 1857. The result of an open design competition, Central Park became the first landscaped park in an American city. Nice job, old merchant aristocracy. That park is pretty cool.

Last but not least, I’d like to thank The Big Guy. Just for being You (pointing skywards).