Madison Square Park

If you are ever in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, it is worth taking the time to visit Madison Square Park. Surrounded by tall buildings on every side, including the iconic Flatiron Building, the park offers different experiences depending on the day and time: large, leafy shade trees and flowers; bronze monuments; a dog park; public art, concerts, and festivals; and one of the most popular Shake Shack locations in the city.

Currently, this is one of the big attractions in the park. Created by sculptor Martin Puryear, this impressive work is titled “Big Bling.” As the park website explains, “Big Bling is part animal form, part abstract sculpture, and part intellectual meditation.” I learned that the mesh-like substance covering the immense sculpture is chain link fencing, not something I normally expect to see used in a work of art. It’s fascinating to view the piece from different angles throughout the park.

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There’s this statue of William H. Seward, a former governor and senator of New York, who served as U.S. Secretary of State during a critical time in U.S. history, from 1861 to 1869. The tall building behind him, with its distinctive clock tower, is the landmark Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower.

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The park has a lovely fountain, surrounded by large planters with flowers.

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This statue of David Glasgow Farragut seems to be a favorite gathering spot in the park. On one occasion, visitors to the recent Pakistani Festival congregated next to the statue. Most recently, I found a couple of people practicing martial arts.

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Here are some more photos from my explorations of Madison Square Park and nearby Worth Square, which is also managed by the park’s conservancy.

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Chester Alan Arthur, 21st President of the U.S.
Chester Alan Arthur, 21st President of the U.S.

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Flatiron Building
Flatiron Building
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Monument to Major General William Jenkins Worth
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Major General William Jenkins Worth

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It’s easy to get to Madison Square Park. The R and N trains’ 23rd Street Station exits right at the edge of the park. Other 23rd Street Stations are also within a couple of blocks, and are accessible from the 4, 6, F, M, and 1 trains. The park is bordered on the south by 23rd Street and on the north by 26th Street, on the east by Madison Avenue and on the west by 5th Avenue.

28 thoughts on “Madison Square Park

  1. Looks like a lovely park, a nice green escape from the bustling city! That chubby squirrel reminded me of Beatrix Potter’s ‘Squirrel Nutkin’ – looks like he’s eaten enough nuts to see him through the winter!!

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  2. Lots of interesting stories here. Love all your photos, but especially the squirrel with the lantana. I love that you can always find flowers in the City. (In 5th grade I had to memorize all the presidents, in chronological order, including the years they served. That’s the only reason I recognized the name – but had to rearrange it as I memorized it – Chester A. Arthur – before it would fit.)

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  3. Great pictures and article! I haven’t been there in years, but I’m going to check it out this week. Thanks for the inspiration. Manhattan is like 100+ cities in one. It changes from block to block. I read in the book, Time and Again, that the head and torso of the Statue of Liberty spent some time in Madison Square Park before it was joined to the body. It’s fun to imagine it there. Thanks again!

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