Here is some footage of a blizzard near Madison Square Park in 1902. You can see them pan across thee park about midway through.
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The Wall Street Journal just published a profile piece on the resurgence of Madison Square Park from its falling into disrepair, prostitutes and drug dealers in the 1980′-90′s, a far cry from its glory of the 1800′s and early 1900′s when the park was “the centerpiece of one of New York’s grandest neighborhoods, an area that hosted visiting presidents and famous families.”
One thing from the story was new to us, which is that reportedly restauranteur Danny Meyer became interested in Madison Squarer Park after reading the book The Alienist, which we are going to have to read now.
Read the full Wall Street Journal profile here, and check out a video they produced as part of the story below.
Apparently Madison Square Park is the site of post -alien devastation in a new video game called Crysis 2, according to GameSpot. “You awaken in a shallow pond in Madison Square Park amidst colossal piles of rubble and destroyed infrastructure.”
Ironically, one piece of New York City debris that finds itself in Madison Square Park is the Statue of Liberty torch, which was first showcased in the park in 1876. (See photo pictured right)
Check out this street scene filmed by the Flatiron building in 1903. What’s interesting is you can get a feel for daily life in the neighborhood, what people wore, the streetcars and horse-drawn carriages, etc. Very cool footage: Related Posts: Graffiti artists spray paint the Flatiron building, sort of Flatiron building office space for rent […]
If you ever wanted a closer look at the financials behind a public park, with thorough reference to our own Madison Square Park, check out the article “The High Cost of Free Parks” in the summer issue of Next American City.