Sorry that you may have missed the croissant, magic/puppet show, and movie night in Bryant Park (or perhaps even my gfs "endowments"), but somebody has to make a profit off of train wrecks like this. Our good friends at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld stand to make exactly $6,492,811.71. Money well spent to put a dying steed out of misery. The Park is still free to visit, and this time of year it's quite lovely (nothing quite like the arrival of Fall in New York City).
Wish you all well. Those that tried to tell you it would end this way (in some way or another), tried their best to wake you from your slumber.