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Hugh Hayden, preparatory drawing of Brier Patch, 2021
July 27, 2021 | Art

Hugh Hayden’s “Brier Patch” Opens in January 2022

Artist Hugh Hayden (American, b. 1983) will realize Brier Patch, a newly commissioned public art project, opening on January 18, 2022. One-hundred elementary school-style…

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July 26, 2021 | Horticulture

Our London Plane Trees Are Losing Their Bark—Here’s Why

The London plane tree is a large, shade tree and the most common street tree found in New York City. In fact, it was beloved by former NYC Department of Parks &…

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July 19, 2021 | Sustainability

It’s National Moth Week

It’s National Moth Week! This annual event happens at the end of July each year celebrating the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of these creatures.   Moths are…

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July 13, 2021 | Community, Dogs

Jemmy’s Dog Run Reconstruction

Our beloved Jemmy’s Dog Run is getting a makeover. We listened to your feedback and are now in the final stages of fundraising for a complete reconstruction. This…

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July 13, 2021 | Horticulture

Curator’s Commentary Part 2: Designing Plants of the Pine Barrens

Last month, I discussed why I wanted to bring awareness to how a simple action like replacing native plants with ornamentals can have a big impact on our ecosystem. Through…

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July 6, 2021 | Sustainability

The Return of the Cicadas

Every 17 years, Brood X cicadas emerge from the ground. While the arrival of these rather strange looking insects can be alarming and quite loud, have no fear—cicadas…

Ghost Forest by Maya Lin. Photo: Madeline Cass
July 1, 2021 | Art, Press

In Maya Lin’s ‘Ghost Forest,’ the Trees Are Talking Back (The New York Times)

The installation in the heart of Madison Square Park is the artist’s memorial to another war — the one against nature.

June 29, 2021 | Art

This Summer, Music on the Green

In collaboration with Carnegie Hall, Music on the Green is a free concert series inspired by Maya Lin’s Ghost Forest that brings artists from the Hall’s Ensemble…

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June 28, 2021 | Horticulture

Curator’s Commentary: Designing Plants of the Pine Barrens

Meet Steph Lucas, Curator of the Plants of the Pine BarrensLearn why this Horticulture exhibition means so much to her. Hello I’m Gardener Steph and the curator…

Maya Lin, Ghost Forest, 2021. Photo: Andy Romer
June 22, 2021 | Art, Press

Maya Lin on Planting a Ghost Forest in Manhattan (Artforum)

On Earth Day, Maya Lin and I stood in Manhattan’s Madison Square Park surrounded by dead trees. The artist and architect had just completed Ghost Forest, an installation…

June 21, 2021 | Sustainability

Discover our Pollinators 

Calling all citizen scientists! To honor the birds, bees, beetles, and butterflies that keep the park healthy and vibrant, we are taking time to learn as much as…

June 14, 2021 | Sustainability

Bee Homes

Our five bee homes provide a safe place for the park’s native bees to lay their eggs during nesting season. Unlike a honey bee, cavity dwelling bees like our Leafcutter,…

June 14, 2021 | Sustainability

How We Support Our Pollinators 

It’s important to protect the pollinators that keep our park healthy. From what we plant, to how we care for our lawns, we’re taking steps to protect these vital…

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June 14, 2021 | Dogs

Meet Romeo

Introduce us to Romeo. My daddies George and Bill say they always thought that if they ever got a dog, it would be a black, long-haired dachshund with tan markings.  …

June 7, 2021 | Horticulture

The Only Level 2 Arboretum in Manhattan

We are proud to announce that Madison Square Park’s arboretum has been designated a Level 2 Arboretum by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton…

June 7, 2021 | Sustainability

Meet Our Pollinators

When we think of pollinators, we often think of bees, but they are not the only species pollinating the plants in Madison Square Park. Did you know that flies,…

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May 25, 2021 | Art

Maya Lin Conceives a Soundscape for “Ghost Forest”

Artist Maya Lin created Ghost Forest Soundscape, a 13-minute complement to the exhibition’s call to action focused on climate change. The audio program highlights…

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May 22, 2021 | Art, Press

Artist Maya Lin’s Tries to Showcase Different Side of Nature (CBS)

Maya Lin's latest creation won't be around for long, and instead of a tribute to our past, it's a warning about our future. Anthony Mason shows how it all came to be.

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May 18, 2021 | Community

The New York EDITION Reopens

The New York EDITION is happy to announce that they have reopened their doors. Known for their residential-style accommodations, tasteful event spaces, distinctive…

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May 17, 2021 | Horticulture

What is Ecological Horticulture?

When most of us think of gardens, we think of them as areas of nature––they are wild in ways but cultivated for human enjoyment through aesthetic principles. We…

May 12, 2021 | Art, Press

‘I Call Them My Gentle Giants’: How Artist Maya Lin Planted 49 Towering Cedar Trees in the Middle of New York City (Artnet News)

The installation, which Maya Lin said carries a sense of mourning, has taken on added meaning since the death of her husband in January.

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May 10, 2021 | Art, Press

In Maya Lin’s New Installation, a Forest Grows in Manhattan (Vogue)

In a new commission from the artist and architect Maya Lin, the wide, flat lawns of Madison Square Park have been transformed into a forest of cedars, tall and stately.

May 6, 2021 | Art, Press

How a Pandemic Year of Loss Reshaped Maya Lin’s Art and Architecture (Los Angeles Times)

The piece was intended to draw attention to the plight of a native tree that has been decimated by habitat loss, the presence of invasive species and, now, climate change.

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May 5, 2021 | Art, Press

Top Shows to See in New York During Frieze Week (The Art Newspaper)

From Eva Hesse and Hannah Wilke at Acquavella Galleries to Deana Lawson at the Guggenheim.

May 4, 2021 | Horticulture

Why Our Trees Matter

Each Arbor Day, we thank our trees for all of their hard work. They provide clean water, shade on hot summer days, and habitats for our favorite animals. They clean…

April 28, 2021 | Art, Press

Maya Lin Builds a Final Monument to the Climate (Frieze)

With the opening of Ghost Forest at Madison Square Park, the artist and architect discusses memory and ecology with frieze Senior Editor Evan Moffitt.

April 27, 2021 | Horticulture

Are There More Tulips Than Usual This Year? (The New York Times)

At a time of global investment mania, New Yorkers can’t seem to get enough of one of the world’s oldest speculative assets. They’re not buying, though. Just admiring. “Stunned…

April 26, 2021 | Horticulture

Letters to the Trees from Eataly

Our friends at Eataly joined us in celebrating the park’s trees for the Letters to the Trees program. As sponsors of the Sustainability Initiative, Eataly’s…

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April 21, 2021 | Art, Press

Eight Leading Artists Championing Sustainability (Christie’s)

Eight artists who are using their practice to spotlight the environment, tackle the urgency of climate change, and champion sustainability.

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Abigail Deville: Light of Freedom, Narrated by Brooke Kamin Rappoport
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