Spring Break Ghost Town

Ghost Town

Each morning, I push my son and daughter in a double-stroller to their preschool, before hopping on the train to Manhattan.

We usually dodge dozens, sometimes hundreds of kids, along with parents and dogs accompanying them to school. Our fast-moving chariot often forces them off the sidewalk (sorry about that).

But this week was different.

Our town of Pelham, New York was a ghost town.

It was spring break.

With an estimated 50% to 75% of households having kids in public school, it seemed most residents deserted Pelham with their kids.

I noticed it on the train station platform, where foot traffic was down probably 50%.

And you know what? I really liked it. It was both surreal and peaceful. 

While I acknowledged spring break solitude this year more than any other, this year will be the last one for some time.

Next year, we’ll have one kid in elementary school, and another the year after.

That likely means my family will join all the others in deserting Pelham for some exotic spring break getaway.

Goodbye to an era.

(Photo: Camerons Personal Page)

Published by Max Kalehoff

Father, sailor and marketing executive.

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