Wednesday, October 8

Lehman who? The unmistakable scent of surrender in the air slows social goings-on from a stampede to a timid tiptoe, as uptown ladies bury their diamonds under shrubs in Central Park. Which brings us to today’s outdoorsy schedule: How about a concert in Bryant Park? (Yep, it’s beginning to feel very I Am Legend around here!) Young artists from the Metropolitan Opera regale what’s left of the midtown after-work crowd with soothing opera music from the upcoming Met season, which we hope is more successful than the Mets’ last season at Shea.

[Young Artists from the Met Bryant Park concert, Upper Terrace, 5:30 p.m., www.bryantpark.org]

mbryan@observer.com