Pocket Parks of NYC
Thank you to Seeking Sanctuary at world's End blog for the lovely post about the book.
When I was a young actress in New York City, I frequently ducked into a pocket park in between work or auditions. I have always loved the concept of public space, little more than the space between buildings sometimes, with seating, greenery and the occasional waterfall or art installation. It took me three years of research and site visits to find, photograph and catalogue the pocket parks and public spaces that would be included in my guide, BEST Pocket Parks of NYC. On one of my site visits, I took my then 12-year-old son with me. It was an excellent decision that led to a day of discovery.
We headed into Manhattan on Metro North. Our first stop was actually an indoor pocket park located directly across the street from Grand Central Terminal. In fact, the Philip Morris Atrium was the first pocket park I ever visited when a friend took me there during my first weeks in the city. I was gratified to see that my son was as in awe as I was many years ago. We entered on the Park Avenue side right past 42nd Street where you get the best view of the space from the top of the stairs. He loved the built-in granite seating and four stories of glass on two sides, and thought the sculptures and art were interesting. They, in fact, are rotated in from the Whitney Museum’s permanent collection.
Next, we took the subway to Chinatown to grab an early lunch before the crowds. Jing Fong Restaurant at 20 Elizabeth Street is a favorite restaurant of my family. It’s a large banquet room at the top of an escalator and serves the best dumplings. Our entire family has stuffed ourselves there for under $35. The servers come around with steam carts from which you pick your favorites. We don’t always know what we’re eating, but we choose and take our chances and it is always delicious.
Next I'll take you downtown into Chinatown and the Wall Street area.