chess_in_new_york.jpgOnce upon a time a city could measure its worth by the friendliness of its streets and parks. Outdoor spaces were meeting points for playing games and having picnics. One of the defining memories I have of New York City are seeing people meet, talk, play, argue, and laugh around the numerous board game tables that line its parks.

Apparently those days are gone. According to The Villager, “No Loitering” signs now dot the parks, and the police will send you home if you are not quote playing Chess or Checkers unquote. No waiting for opponents. No discussing the game or philosophy. I don’t even want to know if you’re allowed to play other games on the chess boards, such as Arimaa.