I'm not sure what kind of bird this is...
Just kidding. Obviously it's a Lesser Thick-kneed Babblecatcher, very common in Central Park this time of year.
It's true, and somewhat embarrassing, that until I started paying attention to birds in the early part of this century, I had never seen a cardinal -- this despite years of living on the East Coast by then, and countless excursions to Central Park and other wooded areas (and the fact that they are occasional visitors to the trees and fire escape outside my bedroom window.)
I've always been someone who walked around with my head in the clouds and I've written before about how taking up photography forced me to pay more attention to the world around me, but seriously -- not to notice these very conspicuous creatures? That is some heavy-duty mindlessness.