Paley Park

I stopped by Paley Park after visiting the Museum of Modern Art a couple of weeks ago. This is one of my favorite places in Manhattan. Probably one of the most tranquil places in Manhattan too, especially when it’s empty in early evening.

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It’s on 53rd Street, between Madison Avenue and 5th.

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I posted on Paley Park in 2011, on my old Blogger blog (now discontinued but still online). You can look there for details on its history, or just do a quick Internet search.

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The sounds of the falling water completely eliminate all street noise.

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Stretching upward for light, the Honey locusts (Gleditsia triacanthos) have become sculpture.

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The park was built in 1967.

 

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14 thoughts on “Paley Park

  1. If I remember correctly, these Gleditsia inspired you to use some in the Brooklyn garden? Do you envision yours growing so tall, or do you want a lower canopy?

    1. Yes, Emily, you’re right. The Brooklyn garden was inspired by Paley Park, though it looks very different. I intend to keep the trees much lower. Mine get more light, so I expect them to have broader canopies. I’m also thinking abou simplifying the plantings in Brooklyn for a more minimalist, Zen-atmosphere. For me, that will take courage and determination. I’m wrestling with internal conflict right now.

  2. May I use one of the images in a lecture about the uses of water in the garden? Thank you Christina, I also echo Diana’s request for a post about your Brooklyn garden

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