The Upper West Side was gentrified years ago, but a sudden proliferation of harp-playing seems to indicate that the gentrification has entered a new phase. Two people lugged harps (one of them is a hammered dulcimer, but that counts) to Central Park on Thursday afternoon to play medieval songs for the lords and ladies. The dulcimer player looked vaguely like French actor Gerard Depardieu (see photo and video below).
In this next phase of gentrification, we will return to a feudal system of land ownership, and each year pay tribute to the kings and queens by sacrificing an animal.
Photos by Avi. (this post initially said that the hammered dulcimer was a harp, but we were corrected by a reader. we deeply regret the error. clearly we were not raised right.)