New York City public gardens are yet another thing that makes me love New York City. I discovered them when I was researching my book, BEST Pocket Parks of NYC, and had the idea to include them in my book. I decided against it after discovering Grace Tankersley’s book, Community Gardens of the East Village. She listed 39 gardens in the East Village alone and then told me there are probably hundreds throughout Greenwich Village alone. With over 530 POPS to explore already, I figured I would leave the gardens to her. Finding her book, however, put these little public gardens on my radar.
In December 2015, 596 Acres , a group dedicated to preserving and protecting public gardens in New York City, announced that gardens slated for development by New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) had been transferred New York City Parks Department to be officially preserved as public gardens. That’s 36 gardens with 27 of them in Brooklyn alone!
While I encourage you to pick up my book and explore the NYC POPS this spring, I think a great companion would be Tankersley’s book or use this online map to find your favorite public gardens in
New York City.