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Madison Square Park

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  • New York D.
    "Love the birds and Squirrels :-)"(26 Tips)
    Stephanie M.
    "Great people watching and perfect for seeing the Flatiron Building"(19 Tips)
    chrissy s.
    "Lovely during the summer to walk through and people watch."(15 Tips)
    Justin B.
    "Amazing views of the Empire State Building!"(17 Tips)
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  • Nas B.
    Nas BenaliOctober 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    A wonderful park for a sunny day with plenty of seating and tables. Loved meeting these sweet little guys (the tiny one has 3D-printed legs (wheels) and is famous because of that. Beautiful space.
    Upvoted 3 days ago
  • Julio I.
    Julio IbarraMay 29, 2013
    While you're here enjoy a refreshing beverage and food at the local Shake Shack that's located near to the 23rd street entrance. There is also always something new in the park to see.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Bum Bum J.
    Bum Bum JonesJuly 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Park to visit if you want to relax, but still be steps away from all of the action. Grab a park bench along the 26th street side of the park, and write a poem.
  • Gordon M.
    Gordon MeiJuly 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Home to the original Shake Shack with outdoor seating in the park, views of neighboring Flatiron Building to the south, and Empire State Bldg to the north. If you're here to relax, try the north end.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HMay 11
    Been here 5+ times
    A great spot to bask in Mother Nature’s glory in the middle of the city. Big enough to accommodate many but small enough to still be able to find your own little spot for finding your Zen.
    Upvoted Jun 11
  • B&H Photo Video
    B&H Photo VideoJanuary 4, 2012
    One of the best places for a quick rest in Midtown. The park features large lawns, lots of art work, Shake Shack, and squirrels that come right up to you and eat from your hand. Catch that on camera!
  • NYC Parks
    NYC ParksJuly 16, 2013
    Connect to free wi-fi using "GuestWiFi" at the dog run, playground, bathroom, benches at the Northwest and Eastern side of the park and the statue at the Southwest end, courtesy of Time Warner cable. Read more
  • Alice Z.
    Alice ZulianiNovember 24, 2014
    Everyone visiting NY stops here to try their tasty burgers in the middle of Madison Square Park enjoying the Flat Iron view,so why don't do it? The queue can be long to see but the staff is super fast
  • Justin B.
    Justin BretonApril 10, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing views of the Empire State Building! Also, there's almost always an art exhibit on display here. Check the Madison Square Park website for details.
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RubinAugust 26, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    This is a great place to hang out. The changing artwork in the main lawn is fun to see as well. It's a good place to go with a book and relax for a while, and often gets some light breezes through.
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey ZeldmanJune 23, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    When Central Park is too big, Union Square Park too dirty, Bryant Park too formal, Madison Square Park is just right!
  • Shane H.
    Shane HankinsJune 5, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Other than the pigeons and European tourists who have apparently never seen squirrel before, it is perfect. A great place for a quick walk or bite to eat. I love the constantly changing public art
  • Mitchell K.
    Mitchell KaplanJuly 21, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Usually I just enjoy the park-ness (trees, benches, art) but once a year there's the BBQ Festival, and there's always Shake Shack.
  • Stephanie M.
    Beautiful park. Great people watching and perfect for seeing the Flatiron Building
    Upvoted Jun 11
  • Justin M.
    Justin McKissickJuly 19, 2017
    Beautiful park, plenty of seating, really nice in the evenings. Shake shack always has a line, but it's worth the wait
    Upvoted Jun 11
  • Affinia Hotel Collection
    Madison Square Park is right next to the Flatiron Building, with plenty of benches and a Shake Shack in the center. It’s a nice place to eat or rest and regroup before continuing life in the city.
  • Evan H.
    Evan HiltonNovember 8, 2014
    Very nice park to sit down and relax in. There is some nice modern art through out the park and you can see the flat iron building. The flat iron district is a very neat area!
  • MJ DIEHL
    MJ DIEHLJuly 31, 2013
    Centrally located to everything relevant-- downtown- yet, still a good respite, if you have some kids and need to take a break: music, art, park creative workshops--there's always something going on!
  • Recover Reputation, Online Management G.
    This is a jewel of a mini park. The center piece is usually the Public Art Fund sculpture, but there's a dog run, a children's area, a lawn and Shake Shack--along with benches.
  • High Quality Tours H.
    High Quality Tours HQTAugust 28, 2015
    Check out all of the beautiful instillation art! Learn more about this quaint place to sit and much more from our professional guides on a luxury tour today! #hqt #tournyc #luxurytoursofnyc #iloveny Read more
  • Romancing Manhattan Tours
    Did you know that the arm & torch of the Statue of Liberty was displayed here in this park in the late 1800s before the statue was unveiled in the harbor in 1886? It was used as an observation deck! Read more
  • Elegran
    ElegranJune 13, 2012
    Place of the famous arena until 1925, now this park and the area around are included in the most fashionable of the city. Stroll on the walkways heading south to see Rem Koolhaas unique building Read more
  • funky f.
    funky flavorFebruary 2, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    They always have some great art work here. Ofc cannot ignore the beautiful fauntain in the middle of the park as well.great escape from our concrete jungle out there.
  • douglas
    douglasAugust 13, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    My local public park...what is there NOT to like? perfect size, various activity spaces (dog run, fountain, park benches, green lawns, art space, etc.) AND Shake Shack. 'nuff said.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    The park has become a hotbed for foodies, music junkies and art lovers alike, creating a vast array of events and things to see. Read more
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Jeffrey ZeldmanDecember 26, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    A glorious park that is just the right size for the city, ringed by (mostly) great architecture that interacts pleasingly with the park's views of nature. A mini-Centra Park, if you will.
  • Romancing Manhattan Tours
    Did you know that the arm & torch of the Statue of Liberty was displayed here in this park in the late 1800s before the statue was unveiled in the harbor in 1886? It was used as an observation deck!
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 2, 2011
    This is a beautiful park no doubt, but there's a reason it's crowded - Shake Shack. Endure the wait for one of the city's best burgers and chow down in the park for a fun lunch.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJanuary 6, 2012
    Besides the Shake Shack and the lines of people, check out the dog run, the views of the Flatiron, the featured art, the fountain and the Calexico Cart.
  • High Quality Tours H.
    High Quality Tours HQTSeptember 8, 2015
    Was the home of the arm and torch of the Statue of Liberty for six years to raise money for construction! Learn this and so much for on a luxury tour with our professional guides today! #toursofnyc Read more
  • Lola
    LolaSeptember 22, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    the squirrels will eat out of your hand. watch out for the cross-dressing asian man who wears flowered flip flops and rides his bike. get here before 10am to see people doing qi gong near shake shack.
  • Onur A.
    Onur AvcıDecember 19, 2014
    The park is always full of people and plenty of benches for conservation. If you work in the area, the park is a great place to hang out before and after work.
  • Windows Live Photo Gallery
    From inside the park, you can get a great angle on the surrounding buildings for a Panoramic Stitch. Outside the park on the west side, looking south, is a fantastic shot of the Flatiron Building.
  • Miguel d.
    Miguel de LeonNovember 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Shake Shack! But until it comes back you can take in some neat outdoor art, look at small dogs, or wonder how much you're gonna empty your wallet at Eataly
  • MetroFocus
    MetroFocusNovember 9, 2011
    Kate Levin of the NYC department of cultural affairs heralds the streets as an outdoor museum. Check out the various installations of public art here and read more about Kate’s favorites on MetroFocus Read more
  • Price P.
    Price PadgettJuly 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get some European cheeses/meats/bread at Eataly then sit in the park and picnic on a nice day... or save a few $ and hit up Shake Shack. Live Bait nearby has good southern food too.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistMarch 12, 2015
    Home of Danny Meyer's annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, where you shouldn't be distracted by the big names and lines, as good 'cue is to be found at all the stands. Read more
  • Barbara G.
    Barbara GormanNovember 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you are the patient type check out the original Shake Shack here at Madison Square Park. If waiting on long lines in the great outdoors is not your thing check out the Shake Shack on Columbus Ave
  • Honghui Y.
    Honghui YuNovember 2, 2014
    A great place for people- and dog-watching and there's a nice view of the Flatiron Building. Especially nice during the summer because of Shake Shack.
  • Nadia I.
    Nadia IssaBellaDecember 14, 2015
    Make sure you check out the art installations. There's always one going on and it's the best thing in the park, aside from Shake Shack.
  • Willamis B.
    Willamis BatistaAugust 20, 2014
    It's a great place to take a rest after walking around Manhattan, has many shady trees and who is in town passing, has an essential amenity: free WiFi!
  • Allermanger
    AllermangerJuly 21, 2015
    I prefer this park over some of the other bigger parks because it is less crowded! Plus the original Shake shack is here which is always a favourite
  • Afi Y.
    Afi Yellow-DukeJune 23, 2015
    Grab a seat, grab some Shake Shack, and stick around for the cool sculptures. Don't forget to look up!
  • G W.
    G WongMarch 22, 2012
    Whether you're sunbathing or dogwalking or whatever, it is the sight from the park to all the beautiful buildings around it that makes this park so special whenever you go.
  • Jack Rogers
    Jack RogersJune 23, 2011
    When looking for a breath of fresh air any of the Jack Rogers employees can stroll around the corner to Madison Square Park. It's a green haven in the middle of the bustling Flatiron District
  • Carmen d.
    Carmen da SilvaJune 7, 2011
    This is one of those great centrally-located parks where you won't be told to keep off the grass...grab an Italian picnic from nearby Eataly and enjoy a lazy afternoon :)
  • EchoDA
    EchoDAFebruary 15, 2012
    A small park in comparison to Central Park, but it's where EchoDA's office hangs, when they get a moment to breathe! they have the US Open on a big screen, kids, doggy park, Shake Shak and green space
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WickhamApril 29, 2017
    Beautiful spot, especially in spring with all the trees in blossom. Great for people and dog watching!
  • Resumelance
    ResumelanceOctober 28, 2011
    If your stomach goes in knots before interviews, then don't eat anything with cheese until after your interview. I like the Shake Shack because it's in a park, but watch out for the diseased squirrel.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChoiMarch 15, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Grab a blanket, read a book, and inevitably devour something from neighboring Shake Shack because let's be real, the smell is enticing enough.
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