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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Contest: Now it's your turn.

We spend a lot of time here at GardenBytes telling you about our favorite parks and gardens in and around NYC...now it's your turn.

It's another contest, but this one's a little different: no photos...only words! We want to hear about your favorite gardens & parks in New York City...in 75 words or less. (We didn't say it was going to be easy.) All suggestions must be in the 5 boros and accessible by public transportation; you get extra points for little known spots. Or little known spots within well known spots, e.g. that corner of the Ramble where the masses of dogtooth violets grow. Tell us why it's special and why you love it; we want to share.

And now for the moment you've all been waiting for: the prize! It's a $25 gift card to Macy's. (I know, right?) This is thanks to Lauren @ Everywhere Media in Atlanta, GA. Apparently you don't have to be from NYC to appreciate NYC.

The judges for this contest are yours truly (the two Ellens) and the deadline is Saturday, 11/27. Please post your entries in our comments section. We'll announce the winner about a week later.

We can't wait to see where you take us!


Frank said...

Ellen, I don't feel too good about being the only one here...but prize or no prize...one of my favorite spots is Gantry Plaza State Park. Silly that it is a state park, but then I don't understand the politics behind that choice. What was novel about it when it was designed and built was that it integrated historic use (rails and ties long before the highline) with garden, wedded intimacy with a grand vista, and most importantly, was, I believe, the first park on the shore line to give visual and physical access to the water below the bulkhead. I also enjoyed the wild style planting, which is much wilder now!

meemsnyc said...

Every year in the spring, I have to make my pilgrimage to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Not to see the cherry blossoms, (although that is nice too) but to go take in the wall of lilac shrubbery. There is one spot around the corner of one of the walkway trails that when you turn the corner, you are surrounded by walls of giant shrubbery with lilacs blooming everywhere. The smell is intoxicating. It's absolutely wonderful!

my croft said...

My neighbor: Seton Falls Park (NE Bronx). The falls has been redirected but there is enough water in Rattlesnake Creek to make the tiny park (27 acres) an official wetlands. The land was part of the estate of the family of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.
There are high rock cliffs, two meadows, remnants of the estate’s apple orchard, and Canadian hemlocks as well as opossum, raccoon, skunk, and scores of resident and migratory bird species.

T.Paine said...

Bowling Green, New York City's oldest park (1733), is a tiny green emerald at the foot of Manhattan. The iron fence surrounding the park (erected in 1771) has jagged edges on some of its fence posts where the royal insignia were removed by patriots in July 1776. At the north end of the park is the enormous bronze sculpture, Charging Bull, loved by millions. (Wall Street could use some more bulls and a lot less bull). Bowling Green is a beautiful spot to read, people watch, and contemplate the City's glorious history.

Georgia said...

Schwartz Plaza is a small, narrow garden/open space owned by NYU between W 4th and W 3rd and LaGuardia Place and Mercer Street. It's refreshing in the summer and gets nice sun on a cold winter morning. Also, the NYU Garden Shop has planted natives in the understorey of lindens.

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