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November 23, 2021 | Art

The trees of “Ghost Forest”

As Maya Lin’s Ghost Forest exhibition was coming to a close, we began to think about the Ghost Forest trees and what would happen next. How could we best repurpose…

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November 23, 2021 | Art, Press

Wood from Madison Square Park art installation donated to Bronx-based organization working to empower youth (AMNY)

Below a hill in Hunts Point, the Bronx River glistens, offering an escape from the city. Herons and egrets glide above the water and the air is fresh. A 20-foot…

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November 22, 2021 | Horticulture

A Sneak Peek into 2022

Spring is a very special time at our Park. Imagine walking into the park and seeing beautiful bright blooms that welcome you into warmer days. These displays don’t…

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November 9, 2021 | Art

Maya Lin Artist Statement

Ghost ForestMay 10 – November 14, 2021Madison Square Park, New YorkThroughout the world, climate change is causing vast tracts of forested lands to die off. …

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November 8, 2021 | Sustainability

Leaves for Healthy Gardens

Fall is a beautiful time in Madison Square Park. There is a special crispness in the air and the leaves begin to change color. Our tree canopy becomes a beautiful…

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November 1, 2021 | Art, Press

Maya Lin Keeps Breaking New Ground (The Wall Street Journal)

“This is the squirrel condo,” Maya Lin says, pointing to an English elm tree pocked with holes, a ring of almond shells tossed like so many used takeout containers…

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October 25, 2021 | Food & Waste, Sustainability

Composting 101

It’s safe to say that New Yorkers love food, but as a city, we waste a lot of it! In fact, food makes up nearly 18% of all waste collected in the city. As a popular…

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October 18, 2021 | Dogs

Meet Walter

Introduce us to Walter. Hello! My name is Walter (or Walt or Walty for short). I’m an 8 year old Shorkie (Shih-Tzu and Yorkie mix), who gets mistaken for a puppy…

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October 6, 2021 | Horticulture

What Can We Learn from the Pine Barrens?

This summer, the park’s gardens transported visitors to the Pine Barrens, a unique regional ecosystem in New York and New Jersey. As the horticulture exhibition…

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September 21, 2021 | Art

Inspiring Reflection and Climate Action Through Public Art

With public art, the private act of looking becomes a shared, civic experience. Since Maya Lin’s Ghost Forest opened, parkgoers have gathered under the cedars,…

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September 20, 2021 | Sustainability

The UN Climate Report Released: What it Means for Our Park

In August 2021, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its Sixth Assessment Report. In this report, hundreds of scientists confirm…

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September 14, 2021 | Art

Plant Trees in NYC Local Parks

In collaboration with Natural Areas Conservancy and accompanying Ghost Forest, Madison Square Park Conservancy and Maya Lin will coordinate the planting of 1,000…

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September 7, 2021 | Sustainability

Become a Citizen Scientist

The park’s delicate ecosystem is rapidly changing. With the help of our community, we can monitor how these changes impact the species living in our park.  In recent…

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August 30, 2021 | Horticulture

The Reflecting Pool Blooms

The Reflecting Pool at the northern end of Madison Square Park features a seasonal native water garden. White and blue flowers are nestled within the reflective…

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August 23, 2021 | Horticulture

Summer Annuals

Our summer annuals are in full bloom! Located in front of Seward and Conkling Monuments, this display showcases a colorful display of flowers that are favorites…

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August 23, 2021 | Art, Press

Reconnecting to the Natural World: Maya Lin on How Art Can Lead Us to a Sustainable Future (ARTnews)

So many of us live in cities, and are so removed from nature. I grew up in Athens, Ohio, surrounded by woods. Behind our house were three forested ridges separated…

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August 17, 2021 | Art

A Dialogue on the Pine Barrens

Tom Reidy, the Conservancy’s Deputy Director of Finance and Special Projects, had the unique opportunity to speak with both Forester Bob Williams of Pine Creek…

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August 16, 2021 | Horticulture

Why Native Plants Matter

Native plants have gained the reputation for looking messy or weedy and ornamental plants are known for their aesthetic appeal. However, what some people don’t…

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August 9, 2021 | Horticulture

The Trees That Keep Us Cool

It has been a hot summer in New York City. While many of us see hot days as a time to relax in the park, extreme heat temperatures can cause people to experience…

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August 9, 2021 | Art, Community

The Conservancy Participates in “NYC Homecoming”

Madison Square Park Conservancy will participate in “NYC Homecoming,” a citywide cultural celebration running from August 14–22. Featuring live concerts, movie…

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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…

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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.

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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…


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