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Madison Square Park

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Madison Ave (btwn E 23rd & E 26th St), New York, NY 10010, United States
Hours:
Open until Midnight (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 6:00 AM–Midnight
Credit Cards:
Yes
Wi-Fi:
Free

Madison Square Park, a seven-acre urban oasis, is located in the heart of Manhattan’s Flatiron District. The Madison Square Park Conservancy raises the funds that support lush and brilliant horticulture, park maintenance, park security and a variety of free cultural programs.

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    Daniel L.
    "If you love squirrels then you'll love it here."(26 Tips)
    Gordon M.
    "views of neighboring Flatiron Building to the south"(13 Tips)
    chrissy s.
    "Lovely during the summer to walk through and people watch."(9 Tips)
    Justin B.
    "Amazing views of the Empire State Building!"(16 Tips)
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  • Nas B.
    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.
    Nas Benali · October 20, 2014
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  • High Quality Tours H.
    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
    High Quality Tours HQT · September 8, 2015
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  • Julio I.
    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.
    Julio Ibarra · May 29, 2013
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  • Alice Z.
    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
    Alice Zuliani · November 24, 2014
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  • Gordon M.
    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.
    Gordon Mei · July 25, 2014
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  • B&H Photo Video
    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!
    B&H Photo Video · January 4, 2012
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  • NYC Parks
    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
    NYC Parks · July 16, 2013
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  • MJ DIEHL
    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!
    MJ DIEHL · July 31, 2013
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  • 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.
    Affinia Hotel Collection · June 13, 2014
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  • Kevin R.
    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.
    Kevin Rubin · August 26, 2011
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  • EchoDA
    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
    EchoDA · February 15, 2012
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  • 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
    Romancing Manhattan Tours · August 15, 2012
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  • EchoDA
    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
    EchoDA · November 17, 2011
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  • Laura W.
    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.
    Laura W · September 22, 2011
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  • 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!
    Romancing Manhattan Tours · January 21, 2012
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  • Barbara G.
    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
    Barbara Gorman · November 6, 2011
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  • Elegran
    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
    Elegran · June 13, 2012
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  • MetroFocus
    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
    MetroFocus · November 9, 2011
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  • Justin B.
    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.
    Justin Breton · April 10, 2015
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  • Shane H.
    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
    Shane Hankins · June 5, 2012
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  • Evan H.
    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!
    Evan Hilton · November 8, 2014
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  • 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.
    Windows Live Photo Gallery · October 29, 2010
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  • Resumelance
    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.
    Resumelance · October 28, 2011
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  • Synergy Events
    Things we like about Madison Square Park events: It's not a commercial space, so no competing with other brands. It's also a destination not a thoroughfare, so consumers are willing to stop & engage.
    Synergy Events · October 12, 2011
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  • Jeffrey Z.
    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.
    Jeffrey Zeldman · December 26, 2011
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  • High Quality Tours H.
    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
    High Quality Tours HQT · August 28, 2015
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  • Felicia Z.
    The central location makes this a park a good meeting or resting place. Overall I find this park lacking the personality that many other NYC parks have (e.g. Wash Sq, Tompkins, even Riverside).
    Felicia Z. · July 30, 2011
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  • douglas
    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.
    douglas · August 13, 2013
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  • Bum Bum J.
    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.
    Bum Bum Jones · July 24, 2013
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  • AFAR Media
    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
    AFAR Media · August 12, 2014
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  • Mitchell K.
    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.
    Mitchell Kaplan · July 21, 2015
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  • Eric F.
    After 10am, watch the crackheads and/or pillheads gather by the benches on 23rd street side - their pathetic and meaningless conversations can be quite entertaining at times
    Eric F · November 2, 2011
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  • Carmen d.
    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 :)
    Carmen da Silva · June 7, 2011
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  • Onur A.
    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.
    Onur Avcı · December 19, 2014
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  • New York Habitat
    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.
    New York Habitat · November 2, 2011
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  • Nadia I.
    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.
    Nadia IssaBella · December 14, 2015
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  • The Corcoran Group
    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.
    The Corcoran Group · January 6, 2012
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  • G W.
    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.
    G Wong · March 22, 2012
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  • Miguel d.
    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
    Miguel de Leon · November 3, 2014
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  • transiTALK Transportation Media Group
    This is one of the best areas to express bus watch for New York bus fans. At Rush Hour you will not be able to blink! Hope your camera batteries are charged!
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  • Jessica J.
    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
    Jessica Jung · July 21, 2015
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  • Honghui Y.
    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.
    Honghui Yu · November 2, 2014
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  • Jack Rogers
    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
    Jack Rogers · June 23, 2011
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  • Willamis B.
    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!
    Willamis Batista · August 20, 2014
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  • Claude N.
    The Shake Shack is over-rated and not worth the wait on the ridiculously long line. Just before lunch and late in the evening are the best time to go.
    Claude Norvez · November 28, 2011
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  • Price P.
    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.
    Price Padgett · July 30, 2012
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  • Lucius K.
    Look for the bronze man statues. Then look up at the skyline for the same statues on the roof lines of surrounding buildings There are 3 around the park, 10 on the ground, and 31 all together.
    Lucius Kwok · March 21, 2010
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  • Gothamist
    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
    Gothamist · March 12, 2015
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  • Afi Y.
    Grab a seat, grab some Shake Shack, and stick around for the cool sculptures. Don't forget to look up!
    Afi Yellow-Duke · June 23, 2015
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  • Shonda S.
    There is always something interesting going on in this well kept park. Free wifi, live events, sculpture displays, pretty flowers & fall foliage.
    Shonda Smalls · October 19, 2010
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