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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 is a 390m2 pocket park in Midtown Manhattan designed by Zion Breen Richardson Associates in 1967. This little oasis in the heart of the bustling city is often cited as one of the finest urb...  more »
  • Nice place to stop and sit. Enjoy the water feature and a moment of peace. This is a private park space that is open to the public.  more »
  • This is a great little spot away from the hustle and bustle of the city and is perfect for having a quick meal or relaxing  more »
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  • Easy to get to and usually can find a seat even during lunch hours. Food is also available to order for a good price. Taquitos are tasty.
  • One of the greatest parks of NYC. It may be small, it may be surrounded by buildings but somehow this place has everything you want from a public space. Have a seat while moving the furniture as you need, have a rest under the shade and isolate yourself from the city noise with the cascade sound. Enjoy a bite from the coffee shop next to it.
  • Move little nook for a rest out lunch. Nice break from a crowded sidewalk. But it was really advertised on Pinterest as a more exciting and must see place when it's just a small hole. I wouldn't go out of my way to see out but would definitely stop if I passed and needed a rest
  • Too many people smoking cigars. At leas five people smoking in that little space. Otherwise, the place is really nice
  • A historic landmark gem of public space. Oasis of tranquility worth seeking out.