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Paley Park, New York City

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Paley Park is a pocket park located at 3 East 53rd Street in Midtown Manhattan on the former site of the Stork Club. Designed by the landscape architectural firm of Zion & Breen, it opened May 23, 1967. Paley Park is often cited as one of the finest urban spaces in the United States.Measuring 4200sqft, the park offers a quiet urban oasis in the midst of the bustling city by the careful use of falling water, airy trees, lightweight furniture and simple spatial organization.Key to its success is a 20ft high waterfall spanning the entire back of the park. The waterfall creates a backdrop of grey noise to mask the sounds of the city. The park is surrounded by walls on three sides and is open to the street (with an ornamental gate) on the fourth side, facing the street. The walls are covered in ivy, and the overhead canopy formed by honey locust trees adds a degree of serenity to the park.A privately owned public space, Paley Park was financed by the William S. Paley Foundation and was named by Paley for his father, Samuel Paley. A plaque near the entrance reads: This park is set aside in memory of Samuel Paley, 1875–1963, for the enjoyment of the public.Social interaction in the park was analyzed in the film The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces by William H. Whyte.Paley Park served as the inspiration for a similarly sized urban park in Charleston, South Carolina, that opened in June 2015 and is known as Theodora Park.
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  • Paley Park was an innovation when it opened in 1968. A vest pocket park, an oasis of calm in the middle of a bustling, hustling city. The waterfall at its northern end masks the relentless sounds of t...  more »
  • This cute little pocket park now exists where there once was a vacant lot. The waterfall is especially nice. We stopped by last week while walking in the area. A nice place to take a break, as we did.  more »
  • It is a finding in the middle of the city. It serves to take a break. You can eat and have a drink. The wall of water gives you a special climate.
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  • Love Paley Park, the only public park in NYC that you're allowed to smoke in (they even have ashtrays and places to dispose of them). It's a pretty small lot between two buildings in midtown east. It has cobblestone and a few steps to get into it (not wheelchair accessible). In the back is a small perpetual waterfall that drown out the noise of the city the further into the space you move. This makes it ideal for private/discrete conversations. There's also a small food stand on the inside that is operational during the day. This is a good spot to come through for a rest, a cig break, or even to eat your lunch if you're a local worker.
  • This is one of my low-key favorite places in the city. It's right off 5th Avenue, but not really known by tourists. There's a waterfall towards the back that blocks off the noise of the city, which creates a really nice ambience. Great little spot to have a meal
  • This is one place I never miss visiting. Waterfall sound has a calming effect on you. While you do that enjoy a quick meal from food Bella,a small but efficient corner cafe.
  • A beautiful place! Refreshments are available too! Wish someone would apply a “no smoking policy” here !
  • Beautiful 'hole in the wall' public space featuring a voluminous waterfall, lots of seating, and a small food vendor. As of August 2017, construction platforms over half the park are an eye sore, but once complete, it'll be a perfect little oasis in Midtown.

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