Madison Square Park is located just few blocks west from the Carlton Arms Hotel, nestled between Flatiron and NoMad neighborhoods. First established as the public space in 1686, became a park officially in 1847. This 6.2 acres urban oasis is surrounded by some historical buildings including Met Life Tower, New York Life Building, Appellate Division Courthouse and the landmark Flatiron building, which upon its completion in 1902 was one of the tallest buildings in NYC.
By the late 1990’s park fell into state of disrepair and in 2000 an effort started to restore it. To help in redevelopment, Madison Square Park Conservancy was created, which still successfully runs the park today.
Our mission is to protect, nurture, and enhance Madison Square Park, a dynamic seven-acre public green space, creating an environment that fosters moments of inspiration. – Madison Square Park Conservancy
Visitors can enjoy live music, kids programs, food festivals, public art exhibitions or stop for a yoga in the park. It is a popular destination among New Yorkers and tourists alike, great place for a morning coffee or afternoon lunch. Shake Shack stand serves hamburgers, hot dogs and shakes offering large sitting area. Trees invite to cool down in the shade and recharge for the rest of the day on one of the open lawns.
Public art program has been going for many years, and currently opened its 33rd exhibition. ‘Big Bling’ by Martin Puryear occupies the centrally located Oval-lawn and will remain on display until January 8, 2017.