5. Harlem Art Park

Harlem Art Park

The Harlem Art Park, located in East Harlem, is a small park with a number of notable sculptures. The park was originally the proposed site of a public bath, but the space was turned into a park for a nearby senior citizen housing development. Today, the public park is nestled between the Harlem Courthouse and Casabe Houses.

The park is best known for the sculpture “Growth” by artist Jorge Rodriguez. According to Rodriguez, the former is a 15-foot-tall red sculpture that may portray a seed sprouting from the ground, an insect becoming a flower, or a bird transforming into a tree. The work is designed as an inspiration for the community to seek the kind of metaphorical growth depicted by the sculpture.