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Madison Square Park

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  • Nas B.
    Nas BenaliOctober 20, 2014
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • douglas
    douglasAugust 13, 2013
    Been here 25+ 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.
  • Laura W.
    Laura WSeptember 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • funky f.
    funky flavorFebruary 2
    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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • EchoDA
    EchoDANovember 17, 2011
    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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 :)
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Madison Square P.
    Madison Square ParkAugust 20, 2013
    Wondering how the 100,000 pounds of rope was shipped to the park? Learn this and more about Genger’s Red, Yellow and Blue a FREE public art tour tomorrow at 2 & 6pm! - http://goo.gl/IuGO99
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica Wickham3 weeks ago
    Beautiful spot, especially in spring with all the trees in blossom. Great for people and dog watching!
  • Synergy Events
    Synergy EventsOctober 12, 2011
    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.
  • 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.
  • Lisa G.
    Lisa GanskyJune 15, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Great views of the Empire State Building for your shutterbug friends. There are also some gorgeous flower displays in the warmer months.
  • Compass
    CompassMay 16, 2014
    Madison Square Park offers the famous burger joint Shake Shack, a projection screen during the summer, and various art installations.
  • Michael F.
    Michael Fox-RabinovitzFebruary 12
    Been here 25+ times
    One of the nicest parks in the city, small but well maintained, plenty of activities and festivities in all weather
  • Eric F.
    Eric FNovember 2, 2011
    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
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MeehanJune 2, 2013
    Madison Square Park is beautiful on its own account, but there are two other perks to visiting: the famed Flatiron Building and Shake Shack!
  • ✨#IamRomdelacrème✨
    ✨#IamRomdelacrème✨February 21, 2012
    One of my favorite parks in NYC. Come here, sit, enjoy the view and relax. If you are hungry, Shake Shack is around the corner.
  • Sia S.
    Sia ShinNovember 27, 2012
    during the fall and spring outdoor food festival, madison square park eats, you'll find treats from @hkstreetcart and decor from @marimekkousa: Read more
  • Kirsten A.
    Kirsten AlanaAugust 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Visit for Shake Shack, stay for the revolving art collection that always features something new.
  • IrmaZandl T.
    Such a great spot to chill out. Leafy greenness, art installations, shake shack!!
  • 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
  • Paul K.
    Paul KardousJune 5, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Always a nice art installation. Plus there's Shake Shack and tons of festivals, including Big Apple Barbecue in June.
  • Felicia Z.
    Felicia Z.July 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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).
  • Jeanette W.
    Jeanette WongDecember 16, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    amazing park to go for during your lunch break or dinner- Shake Shack in the park is a must do on a bucket list.
  • Cultivora
    CultivoraMay 16, 2012
    If you're in Madison Square Park, check out Mad Sq Eats across the street in front of the Flatiron building. A dozen food vendors are stationed there through June 1.
  • Tugce U.
    Tugce UluurgunAugust 26, 2014
    One of my fav. spots in Nyc. With the long Shake Shack queue, Flatiron view and dog people, you'll feel good
  • Paige C.
    Paige CJanuary 11, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    I love walking around this park, particularly in the fall and spring. Great views and surroundings.
  • margot lane S.
    the orly genger sculptures are great to see before they leave after 8 September. The flatiron views aren't shabby either....
  • Corinne
    CorinneJuly 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the Shake Shack website for the live feed of the park to get an idea of the wait!
  • drew t.
    drew tarvinMay 19, 2015
    Not to be confused with Madison Square Garden, this park has rotating exhibits that are cool to see. Plus a Shake Shack.
  • Mike Bloomberg
    Mike BloombergMay 1, 2013
    Today, I was here to unveil "Red, Yellow and Blue" by NYC-based artist Orly Genger. The exhibit runs through September 8, 2013.
  • F-Factor N.
    F-Factor NutritionSeptember 19, 2012
    Great spot to enjoy lunch outdoors! Be sure to bring your own though so you're not tempted by Shake Shack ;)
  • Jin M.
    Jin MoonOctober 29, 2016
    Nice park. It's more of a communal Park for native New Yorkers and less touristy. Kind of silly that they have public restroom but you have to pay 25 cents to use and it closes at night.
  • David Z.
    David ZhangJanuary 2
    Been here 25+ times
    What's not to love? Art, music, grass, shake shack, playgrounds!
  • 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!
  • Yera H.
    Yera HaNovember 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pick up your lunch, sit here, enjoy the people watching. Just be careful of flying birds who may decide your food is their toilet.
  • Juliana B.
    There's a perfect spot for babies and toddlers next to 5th Av. a friendly vibe goes around in here.
  • Claude N.
    Claude NorvezNovember 28, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • KristiaMarie P.
    KristiaMarie Pastor BalatbatJuly 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great for walking through or sitting at a bench for a bit. Playground has lots of seating for parents/caretakers.
  • Bing
    BingJuly 6, 2012
    For one weekend in June it’s home to the Big Apple BBQ, featuring pit masters from all over the country grilling around the park.
  • James J.
    James JSeptember 4, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Excellent place to find a spot and read a book. Big Apple BBQ fest in June is a must.
  • Sevgi S.
    Sevgi SairogluJune 27, 2015
    Relaxing, joyful and beautiful 👌 grab a shake&shack custard and enjoy it at the park 🍦
  • Isabel Z.
    Isabel ZhongSeptember 11, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Perfect spot for lunch under the sun,in the grass.Dog lovers would love what they see in this park too
  • Alexander F.
    Alexander ForsénAugust 6, 2013
    The GuestWIFI only provides 10 minutes surfing sessions, try the attwifi at the north side of the park.
  • Nicole D.
    Nicole DJuly 8, 2014
    Sit. Relax. Take it all in. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings and life this park offers. Oh and grab a frozen custard at the Shake Shack. No lines after 1030 pm :)
  • ash d.
    ash dApril 6, 2012
    See if you can find the people that check-in in the park. Then say hello and start an awkward conversation about how strange the Internet is.
  • Ren W.
    Ren WAugust 7, 2014
    Several times here. Especially nice in the afternoon with frequently changing sculpture and exhibitions.
  • Anthony G.
    Anthony GalanteDecember 25, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    One of my favorite places to sit on a nice Spring/Summer day for lunch. Watch out for the Steak Shack line!
  • Desirable 4.
    Desirable 4youDecember 23, 2015
    Nice place to relax and enjoy the view. Always something interesting and exciting happening in this park.
  • VisitLauderdale
    VisitLauderdaleJune 29, 2014
    Come out and get a free pair of #HelloSunny sunglasses as the Greater Fort Lauderdale Beach Mobile shares the sunny along the #nycpride parade route down 5th Ave.
  • NYC Parks
    NYC ParksJanuary 27, 2012
    Enjoy world-class outdoor art in this historic park right in the heart of Manhattan.
  • Alexia M.
    Alexia MavrakesAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't sit too close to the dog park if you're eat ism lunch. It can get a lil' stinky over there. 😁😷😲💩👎
  • Bryant B.
    Bryant BalatbatFebruary 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Come here for a great view of the Flatiron Building and a glimpse of Empire State Building.
  • Tom B.
    Tom BingoMay 21, 2013
    A fantastic place to visit, I recommend taking a camera, as the views are breath taking
  • Shonda S.
    Shonda SmallsOctober 19, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    There is always something interesting going on in this well kept park. Free wifi, live events, sculpture displays, pretty flowers & fall foliage.
  • H&M M.
    H&M ManagerAugust 16, 2012
    Have you seen David Beckham for H&M? Head to the Pedestrian Island in Flat Iron on 23rd and 5th ave. for a #HMBeckham surprise (happening now until 8/19/12)! Read more
  • Lenny G.
    Lenny GalloAugust 6, 2015
    Love this city Park. Never too crowded and always a shaded tree to sit under.
  • Margaret W.
    Margaret WangJune 24, 2016
    Shake shack, open benches, fountains, trees. All of the features of a great park.
  • Gary D.
    Gary DiazMarch 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to relax and take in the nice weather, architecture as well. Shake shack being 30 feet away is also a plus.
  • Gennady P.
    Gennady PritskerSeptember 9, 2011
    The landscaping is beautiful, the squirrels are bold, and everyone else is bold and beautiful. Oh, and there is enough quiet to study—if you can stop your head from swiveling...
  • Carl G.
    Carl GriffinDecember 25, 2015
    Lovely little green space amongst all the concrete and noise of the city.
  • Jason R.
    Jason RoblesJuly 25, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Awesome place to relax, chill on the lawn and still be in the mix of things. Say hello to the big head while your there. Read more
  • Adad J.
    Adad JosephJune 30, 2016
    Great looking park and not alot of crowds so its a great spot to sit down and chill
  • Parisian Geek
    Parisian GeekOctober 26, 2013
    Au pied du Flatiron Building, le Madison Square Park est un parc très agréable. Vous pouvez profiter des bancs pour vous détendre et prendre un burger au Shake Shack du parc.
  • Enrique M.
    Enrique MarínJuly 20, 2015
    Las míticas hamburguesas Shake Shack empezaron en este parque, y aquí siguen, prueben la sencilla con salsa especial de la casa, es la que los volvió famosos.
  • Douglas S.
    Douglas SouzaDecember 10, 2014
    Ótimo lugar para fotos com esquilos. Possui ainda a unidade mais agradável da lanchonete Shake-Shack, wi-fi gratuito e está ao lado da Eataly!
  • Ульяна О.
    Очень красиво!!! Рядом красивое здание FlatIron, много белок, красивые деревья, счастливые люди) все супер!
  • Bárbara C.
    Bárbara CaparrozAugust 10, 2014
    Uma das praças mais bonitas e agradáveis de NYC. Da para perder um bom tempo observando os cachorros brincando.
  • Natalia C.
    Natalia CruzMay 1, 2015
    A really quite place, beautiful and so lovely/ Un lugar muy tranquilo y hermoso en medio del caos. Está hermoso.
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