Greenacre Pocket Park, New York City

4.8
#29 of 75 in Parks in New York City
Greenacre Park is a privately owned, publicly accessible vest-pocket park located on East 51st Street between Second and Third Avenues in the Turtle Bay neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, designed by Hideo Sasaki, former chairman of Harvard’s Dept. of Landscape Arch., in consultation with architect Harmon Goldstone. The park, which is owned by Greenacre Foundation, was a 1971 gift from Abby Rockefeller Mauzé, the philanthropist, the daughter of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and the granddaughter of John D Rockefeller.
The 6,360-square-foot (591 m2) park was assembled from three lots, which had previously been occupied by a store, a garage, and part of a synagogue. It features a 25-foot (7.6 m) waterfall, a trellis with heat lamps for chilly days, chairs and tables, as well as honey locust trees, azaleas, and pansies, which together attract an average of 700 visitors a day.
In 1980, when a planned building would have blocked the park's sunlight, a campaign was launched to block the construction of the building. Then, in May 2017, a city rezoning plan, which would allow the building of taller buildings nearby the park, caused a controversy when the Greenacre Foundation claimed that the taller buildings would put the park in shadow a great deal of time. A city shadow study indicated that the park would not be adversely affected by the rezoning, but a study commissioned by the Foundation claimed that buildings on six particular sites could put the park completely in the dark; because of this the Foundation called for height limitations on those sites. As of May 2017, their "Fight for Light" campaign is supported by the Municipal Art Society, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, New Yorkers for Parks, and Daniel R. Garodnick, the city councilman in whose district the park is located.
In 2018, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • New York is spoiled for amazing parks but this is a special space. The waterfall makes a calming sound and you can forget for a while that you are in the City. There’s a nice cafe in case you want.....  more »
  • This was one of my favorite discoveries on our recent trip to NYC. It was around the corner from our hotel, and it was the perfect place to have a morning cup of coffee. Lovely!  more »
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  • MY NEW PEACEFUL SPOT. This Park Is So Beautiful And Very CLEAN. This Is The Perfect Place To Sit At If You Want To Take A Break From The City Life, Relax After School And Study or Just Take A Break From Life Itself. Just Sit Back Relax And Listen To The Peaceful Waterfall. There Are Multiple Chairs and Tables Where You Can Sit At And There’s Even A Little Cafe Inside. I Will Definitely Be Coming To This Place More Often.
  • An awesome little park in busy Manhattan. Has a small cafe with prices as high as you would expect. Decent amount of seating. Lots of greenery and good shade. Maybe the best feature is the large waterfall which does an incredible job of drowning out the houses of the city to allow for some peaceful relaxation.

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