Almost as soon as they arrived, the Gates of Central Park are coming down. This is the final weekend to see them, as everything will be dismantled on February 27.
From an artistic point of view, the Gates are more of a gimmick than a breakthrough. But from a "community happening" point of view, they have been wonderful. Normally people treat Central Park as their solitary preserve, and retreat into books or IPods. But the Gates have stimulated the friendlier side of human nature. That's a gift at any time, and especially in the middle of winter.