19. Fence With Horse Heads, Duane Park

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Duane Park is a small (barely one tenth of an acre) triangle surrounded by Duane Street to the north, south, and west, and Hudson Street to the east. The park was named after James Duane who helped draft the Articles of Confederation and was New York’s first mayor after the Revolutionary War. The land for Duane Park was purchased in 1797 for five dollars from Trinity Church and was the first parcel of land to be acquired by New York City with the intent of being turned into a public park. The park’s fence contains horse heads, whose origins are a mystery.

Yet, Duane Park is not one of the ten smallest parks in Manhattan – check the out here.