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.


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


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.


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


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


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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