There are 196 listed parks in Manhattan on the New York City Parks Department website, a compilation they admit is “not entirely exhaustive.” We went through the whole Manhattan list to highlight the 10 smallest parks in the borough. While they may be small in size, each has a rich history. Of note, the Parks Department list of parks include triangles, malls, playgrounds, dog runs, and some buildings, like public pools, The Public Theater, Merchant’s House Museum. Here, from a space barely large enough to fit two people to triangles honoring New York City residents are the 10 smallest parks by acreage in Manhattan:
1. McNally Plaza
McNally Plaza. Photo via Nextextihistory
McNally Plaza is so small, it doesn’t even have a size listed, unlike most of the other parks on the Parks Department website. The plaza consists of a stone marker surrounded by a gate, situated in Washington Heights on a small sliver of land just off the entrance ramp to the Washington Bridge that crosses the Harlem River.
The park is named for Richard J. McNally, a Washington Heights resident who lived at 392 Fort Washington Avenue. He served as a corporal in World War I in Company M of the 107th Infantry and was killed on September 29th, 1918. The honorary marker was placed by the Richard J. McNally Post 263 of the American Legion, and is for all those who “gave their lives for their country in the World War and who at the time of their enlistment resided in the territory covered by this post.”