Do You Believe in Magic?

“Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.”
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832)

This advice given by Herr Goethe is more fitting to 21st-century America than to his own time and place, 18th-century Frankfurt.

Magic, Greenwich Village, Greenwich Village Walking Tour, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Norman Vincent Peale, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry

“Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic.” — Keith Haring (1958–1990)

This spray-painted message is an example of what I love about Greenwich Village.

I found it on the paving stones around a tree on West Fourth Street near the corner of Perry Street, named for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, hero of the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.

This serendipitous find, on the route of the Greenwich Village Walking Tour, was magical! What magic can we find together? Come along, let’s talk about and walk about New York.

“There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”
—Norman Vincent Peale (1898–1993)

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