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Bryant Park, New York City

Bryant Park is one of the signature examples of New York City's revival in the 1990s. Essentially crime-free, the park is filled with office workers on sunny weekdays, city visitors on the weekends, and revelers during the holidays. Daily attendance counts often exceed 800 people per acre, making it the most densely occupied urban park in the world. In 1995, an article about midtown office workers who had found the newly ...more »

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Washington Square Park, NYC

Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, this historic park is characterized by its large, central fountain, proximity to New York University and triumphal stone arch.

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Herald Square, New York City

Herald Square itself is the north end of the square between West 34th Street and West 35th Street. The 34SP provides sanitary and security services, maintains a horticultural program that includes trees, gardens, and planters, and produces events, product launches, and photo shoots. 34SP also added movable chairs, tables, and umbrellas, to the parks. In 1999, the parks were completely renovated by 34SP. Since 2008, each ...more »

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Chelsea Triangle, New York City

In 2009, the DOT dedicated part of the existing roadbed of Ninth Avenue to a new triangular public plaza. The space is maintained and programmed by CIC. Visitors to the Triangle can enjoy high quality movable furniture, including chairs, tables, and umbrellas- as well as large planters teeming with seasonal varietals that soften the space for relaxation. Each spring and summer, CIC activates the space with a variety ...more »

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Greely Square, New York City

Greeley Square lies between West 32nd Street and West 33rd Street and between Broadway and Sixth Avenue, and is taken up almost entirely by a triangular park.[1] It is named after Horace Greeley, who was the publisher of the New York Tribune, the Herald's rival newspaper. (The two papers later merged to form the New York Herald Tribune.) [2][3] There is a statue of Greeley inside the park, created in 1890 by Alexander ...more »

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