Tavern on The Green bites the dust while the problem is studied

Tavern on the Green
Tavern on the Green

I get weepy whenever I think that the famed Tavern on the Green in New York's Central Park will be serving its last mediocre meal on New Year's Eve. Quality of food and service aside, going to "the Green" is a cherished childhood memory for me. My favorite aunt from Arizona made her annual trek to New Jersey around the holidays and took me -- her special niece -- each year to the holiday show at Radio City Music Hall followed by lunch at the magical Tavern on the Green. I remember the snow on the ground, the little twinkly white lights in the trees, the horse-drawn carriages lined up waiting their turn to take little girls and their aunts on rides fit for a princess through the park.