25 New York Design Hot Spots: #12-16 Parks
Deborah Wilk -- Interior Design, 9/1/2012 5:20:00 PM
|"It's obvious but there is nothing like it in the city. How the project was started by a group of local
supporters and to see it come to fruition over the years is amazing. It is an iconic urban park, a
rehabilitation of an unused structure, a path for transit, a place to
exercise, and so many different things to so many different people."|
-Jun Aizaki, prinicipal, Crème Design
13. Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park
Designer: Louis I. Kahn
Location: under construction on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island; opens October 24
|"This park is simply the most remarkable piece of architecture the city
has seen this millennium, and it was designed in the 1970's. Legend has
it the drawings were rolled up under Louis Kahn's arm when he died in
Penn Station. It looks so inscrutable in drawings, but the genius of
place is palpable on site. It allows you to see New York in an entirely
new way, which is something we can say about very few pieces of
-James Biber, principal, Biber Architects
14. The Bridge Comes Alive
Artist: Baji Lives!
Location: Williamsburg Bridge bike and running path, Brooklyn
"The idea to lend color and fun to our built environment, to bring art to the everyday pedestrian or bicyclist, strikes me as sweet and full of heart. An impulse that has, at its core, a wish to save the city and to save art by engaging each with the other."
15. Paley Park
Designer: Zion and Breen
Location: 3 East 53rd Street
"It's a space of repose that truly let's you appreciate being in Midtown Manhattan."
16. Stuyvesant Square Park
Location: 2nd Avenue between 17th and 19th Streets, Manhattan
|"A hidden gem that is a flower-laden respite surrounded by beautiful
19th-century buildings. You have to walk into it to even know it is
there as it is not visible from the street."|
-Joan Blumenfeld, interior design director, Perkins + Will, New York
Photography from top: Iwan Baan; amiaga.com; courtesy of Baji Lives!; AEB Producer Lou Giansante/nybeyondsight.org; Daniel Avila/NYC Parks & Recreation
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