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What’s Happening in the Park

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.

April 11, 2021 | Art, Press

Maya Lin’s “Ghost Forest” Installation Brings Dead Trees From Pine Barrens To Madison Square Park (Gothamist)

Designer and architect Maya Lin is getting ready to unveil a new art project in May called Ghost Forest, a tree installation about the effects of climate change in Madison Square Park.

April 1, 2021 | Sustainability

What is iNaturalist?

iNaturalist is a free nature app used to identify the plants and animals around you. Scientists from around the world use the iNaturalist database to better understand…

March 31, 2021 | Sustainability

Ecology at Madison Square Park

Many people flock to Madison Square Park to experience the lush greenspace and respite from city life. Not only is it a backyard and playspace for our community,…

March 17, 2021 | Art, Press

For Maya Lin, a Victory Lap Gives Way to Mourning (The New York Times)

“Ghost Forest,” an installation dramatizing climate change, is set to open in New York City’s Madison Square Park in May.

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March 16, 2021 | Hello From..., Support

Hello, From Nick Combemale at The Montessori Flatiron

Hello, my name is Nick Combemale and I am the Head of School at The Montessori at Flatiron and The Montessori in SoHo. The Montessori at Flatiron has been a part…

March 2, 2021 | Horticulture, Sustainability

Scavenger Hunt

Native plants and animals have lived in Madison Square Park for decades, becoming a vital part of our ecosystem. Join us in exploring the park’s plants and wildlife…

February 24, 2021 | Community, Dogs

Meet Willow

Introducing Willow!The lovable Pembrooke Welsh Corgi ofMad. Friends David and Alexandra. 1. Introduce us to Willow.   Willow is our almost three-year-old Pembroke…

February 23, 2021 | Horticulture

State of Our Trees

Each year, our team completes a thorough tree inspection and assessment to determine the health of our trees. This allows us to identify which trees need extra…

February 16, 2021 | Hello From..., Support

Hello, From Daniel Humm at Eleven Madison Park

Hello, my name is Daniel Humm, and I am the chef and owner of Eleven Madison Park. Madison Square Park means so much to me: not only does our dining room overlook…

Tree Arboretum 2
February 16, 2021 | Horticulture

Caring for an Arboretum

Since 2018, Madison Square Park has been an arboretum. Caring for an arboretum is no small feat. Our seven-acre park, housing over 300 trees, requires special attention…

Maya Lin Photo
February 9, 2021 | Art, Press

Maya Lin’s ‘Ghost Forest’ Will Rise in Madison Square Park This Spring (The Art Newspaper)

The installation about climate change was postponed for a year due to the pandemic.

January 12, 2021 | Hello From..., Support

Hello, from Linda Armyn at Bethpage Federal Credit Union

Hello, I’m Linda Armyn, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Bethpage Federal Credit Union. For the last 75 years, Bethpage has met the needs of our members,…

January 11, 2021 | Community

Community Safety Meeting

Madison Square Park Conservancy and the Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership met to address public health and safety concerns in the neighborhood. Joined by City Council…

December 15, 2020 | Hello From..., Support

Hello, from Marco Oppedisano at Eataly NYC Flatiron

Hello, my name is Marco Oppedisano and I am the Store Director of Eataly NYC Flatiron. Ever since we opened our doors in August of 2010 at 200 Fifth Avenue, we…

December 14, 2020 | Horticulture

Wildlife: A Cooper’s Hawk Hunt

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)It seems like not too long ago, spring was just beginning to sprout from the frozen winter earth. Now, at the tail end of…

December 7, 2020 | Community, Dogs, Park

More Puppies, More Space

Over the last eight months, our Mad. Sq. Dog community has grown and Jemmy’s Dog Run has had many new furry friends.  The Conservancy has heard your comments…

November 23, 2020 | Horticulture, Park

Leaving the Leaves

Traditional urban horticulture once saw fallen leaves as an unsightly place where harmful fungi, pests, and other nuisances would reside. Today, we understand that…

October 26, 2020 | Sustainability

2020 Creepy Crawlers 

As a managed green space, Madison Square Park is a vital source of food and shelter for native and migrating fauna throughout the year. As the spookiest season…

October 19, 2020 | Community, Dogs

Howl-o-ween Photo Contest

Congrats to the winner Olive!This year, in lieu of our annual “Howl-o-ween” Mad. Sq. Dogs event, we hosted a virtual fall photo contest to celebrate…

October 19, 2020 | Horticulture

Greening the Knot Garden

In the early 2000s a new garden bed was introduced in the Park by renowned garden designer Lynden Miller. This new bed located in front of Shake Shack featured…

October 6, 2020 | Hello From..., Support

Hello, from Simon at Cote Korean Steakhouse

Hello, my name is Simon Kim and I’m the proprietor of Cote Korean Steakhouse, the world’s first Michelin-starred Korean steakhouse, located at 16 West 22nd Street. …

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