Formerly the site of the Stork Club, Paley Park is a hidden oasis in midtown

Hidden amongst the office buildings on East 53rd Street, Paley Park provides a welcome respite from the concrete jungle. Paley Park is located at 3 East 53rd Street and was designed by the landscape  architectural  firm of Zion & Breen. Since it opened on May 23, 1967, the park has been favored by both midtown businessmen and those tourists who happen upon it. A waterfall, trees, and ivy covered walls transport visitors to an oasis and away from the sights and sounds of the city.

Paley Park was named one of the best parks in the world by the Project for Public Spaces. One of their favorite aspects of the park is that it provides “an intimate relationship with the street.” The park appears to be an extension of its midtown surroundings while simultaneously transporting you away from the hustle and bustle. The next time you are in midtown take a break and enjoy Paley Park.

When you visit Paley Park make sure to stop by 520 Madison Avenue

Completed in 1984, and designed by Swanke, Hayden, and Connell, 520 Madison Avenue is an unnamed gem of a pocket park. A 1990 addition to the park on the north side of East 53rd Street, just west of Madison Avenue, included a piece of the Berlin Wall.  The five sections were originally located along the Waldemarstrasse and were decorated by German artists Thierry Noir and Kiddy Citny in 1985.

The five 12 foot high, 5,000 pound sections of the Berlin Wall


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  2. […] of Germany (other segments of the Wall exist in the US, including at the Newseum in DC and at a public park in New York). Acquired in 2009,  the museum has put ten of the segments on display on Wilshire Blvd, so that […]

  3. […] While it does not abut the waterfront, the West Street segment of the Greenway begins one of the widest and most well landscaped portions of the Greenway. The upper left photo shows the bike path and the upper right photo shows the adjoining pedestrian path. Part of this section of the Greenway is still under construction and necessitates a detour through Battery Park City. As you enter Battery Park City, you pass a piece of the Berlin Wall  (another section can be found in Midtown). […]

  4. I was telling somebody about this recently and for the life of me could not remember where it was.There is another smaller section by the Intrepid Museum.

  5. […] Weird and quirky facts also surprise New Yorkers, like the fact that Napoleon’s penis is stored in a basement in New Jersey, that we have a Superhero Supply Store and that part of the Berlin Wall sits in Midtown. […]

  6. Rosemary O'Brien says:

    This is not Paley Park. It’s about two doors East of Paley Park. I, too, originally mistook it for Paley when I first searched for Paley. Check out my blog. I just wrote about it, too. It’s so cool!

  7. Wow, I’ve been in this park before and admired the art on the walls but had no idea it was apart of the Berlin Wall. Fascinating!

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