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What’s Happening in the Park

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October 31, 2023 | Community, Park

A Conversation with Ami McKay, author of ‘The Witches Of New York’

In preparation for the spooky season, we connected with Ami McKay, author of The Witches Of New York, to discuss why she chose to set her enchanted Gilded Age tale in and around historic Madison Square Park.

October 26, 2023 | Community, Dogs

Meet Radley!

Radley is the 4-year-old Brussels Griffon of Mad. Friends Carol “Cookie” and Mike Woltz. Discover why Radley loves Madison Square Park!

October 4, 2023 | Community

Sukkot in Madison Square Park

Our team met with Rabbi Levi Shmotkin, Director at Chabad for Young Professionals to discuss the sukkah in Madison Square Park.

September 28, 2023 | Horticulture, Plant Collections

Horticulture Spotlight – Hibiscus

The bright red saucers of Cranberry Crush eastern rosemallow (Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Cranberry Crush’) have been stunning this season.

August 29, 2023

Street Trees and Resilient Understory Plantings

The bareness of the soil in the tree wells of our city is caused by many factors, including soil compaction, soils with high pH levels & calcium contents, and, most notably, excrement from our four-legged friends. 

August 7, 2023 | Horticulture, Plant Collections

Cultural Ties to Gardens

New York is a city of small shared gardens, many often found in reclaimed spaces. Private gardens adorn balconies and backyards, while some gardens remain hidden from view on rooftops.

July 13, 2023 | Community, Sustainability

Plastic Free July

As we begin our campaign here in the park, our staff, partners, and volunteers will raise awareness about reducing single-use and other plastic waste by reusing, donating, and more.

July 12, 2023 | Dogs

Meet Bailey

Bailey is the 2 ½-year-old Mini Australian Labradoodle of Park Friend Marisa Saccone.

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July 4, 2023

Reenvisioning a Traditional Garden

The combination of summer drought, a warm winter, and extreme fluctuations in temperature stressed plants to the point of death. With extreme weather events becoming more and more common, the Horticulture Team was left to ponder long-term solutions.

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July 1, 2023 | Community, Sustainability

Have a Plastic Free Park Day this July!

Before your next park day, review these tips for reducing single-use waste, and challenge your friends, family, and co-workers to make every visit plastic-free. 

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June 7, 2023 | Horticulture

Climate Effects in the Garden

Climate change is happening now, and the effects are being seen locally in our park. If we don't confront the causes of climate change today, we will see worsening effects of this unexpected weather year after year.

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May 23, 2023 | Horticulture

Thank You Madison Square Park Conservancy Volunteers

Since last May, Madison Square Park Conservancy volunteers have spent 225 hours working in the Park’s gardens! Our horticulture team is so grateful for this dedicated group of individuals who give their time to our urban green space.

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May 16, 2023 | Horticulture

Go Public Gardens Week

For Go Public Gardens Week gardens will be opening their doors for visitors across America.

April 28, 2023 | Horticulture

Celebrating Arbor Day 2023

This Arbor Day, planting a tree may be more important than ever. This summer, on a hot day, take the time to sit under the shade of a tree and consider all of the benefits trees give us. Trees give us shade and oxygen to breathe, clean our water, actively store carbon, and make us feel good. 

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April 24, 2023 | Horticulture, Plant Collections

Celebrating Redbuds

Redbuds usher in springtime around the city in a subtle yet striking way.

April 18, 2023 | Horticulture, Plant Collections

Hyacinth Frenzy

This spring, Madison Square Park is sporting a rather hyacinth-focused display. Around the fountain, hyacinths in many colors dazzle in Fibonacci-inspired patterns.

April 12, 2023 | Dogs

Meet Milo

Milo is a vivacious Australian labradoodle!

April 11, 2023

Shahzia Sikander and “Havah…” See Continued Recognition in the Press

Shahzia Sikander’s work continues to see earned praise and attention in the media, and was recently featured in the AMP, and online publication created by the Asian American Arts Alliance. 

April 4, 2023 | Art, News

Art on Tour

One of the questions we often hear at Madison Square Park Conservancy is “what happens to the commissioned works of art following their stay in the park?” The answer lies in an informal network of nonprofit institutions — museums with campuses, sculpture parks, public gardens, and public art programs.

April 4, 2023 | Horticulture, Press

While Early Bloom Brings Joy, the Presence May Signal “A Cascading Effect” (TimeOut New York)

Spring blooms are occurring earlier in the city's parks, and though they're a welcome sight after a gray season, it's also a little unsettling. Our Horticulture team spoke with TimeOut New York to explain why its problematic.

March 14, 2023 | Community

Bat-Lieve It or Not

A year-long study of bat activity in Madison Square Park is now complete.  The purpose of this study was to fill knowledge gaps about bats in Madison Square Park…

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March 14, 2023 | Community, Horticulture

Pi Day

This spring, the horticulture team is celebrating all things math! Fibonacci was the guiding inspiration for the Geometry of Flowers exhibition. Our friend Fibonacci…

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March 13, 2023 | Art

Proposal to Park: Artist Shahzia Sikander

Proposal to Park is a series focused on documenting the progression of project artists’ proposals into exhibitions for Madison Square Park’s public art program. …

March 8, 2023 | Horticulture

Letters to the Trees

For the past three years visitors have submitted their letters in celebration of Madison Square Park trees. These handwritten notes each have their own individual…

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March 6, 2023 | Community

Longtime Conservancy Trustee and Neighbor: Leslie Spira Lopez

This year’s gala will honor someone very important to all of us at Madison Square Park Conservancy. Leslie Spira Lopez has been a pillar of the NoMad neighborhood…

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March 6, 2023 | Community

Daniel R. Garodnick, Chair of the City Planning Commission and Director of the NYC Department of City Planning

Madison Square Park Conservancy is proud to honor Daniel R. Garodnick, Chair of the City Planning Commission and Director of the New York City Department of City…

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February 28, 2023 | Community

Party in the Park: A Longstanding Tradition

Party in the Park, a longstanding tradition, is Madison Square Park Conservancy's annual fundraiser. This event gathers friends and neighbors for a celebratory evening honoring many of our community members, longstanding supporters, and beloved artists.

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February 27, 2023 | Horticulture

A Behind The Scenes Look at “The Geometry of Flowers” Horticulture Exhibition

On November 23rd, Fibonacci Day, the 11th horticulture exhibition was announced! Read on the learn about the planning process. It will be in full bloom for all to see in less than a month!

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February 22, 2023 | Art

Sikander’s “Apparition” is the Park’s First AR Experience

Shahzia Sikander has long brought innovation and experimentation to her work, conceptually, philosophically, and through materials. In her exhibition Havah…to breathe,…

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February 21, 2023

Pathway Construction Update

The NYC Department of Parks & Recreation continue their year-long reconstruction of Madison Square Park’s pavers at the southern end of the park. To date, their…

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