One of the most special spots for a picnic, quick lunch, or romantic dinner in the city is Paley Park. Surrounded by midtown buildings, this space is known as a “vest-pocket park” because of its small size (only 4,200 feet). Dotted with trees, it features two side brick walls that are covered with English ivy and a picturesque 20-foot waterfall that drowns out much of the street noise and looks even more beautiful in the evening when it’s lit up from the back. Opened in 1967, the park, designed by Robert Zion, has tables and chairs for the general public as well as a food kiosk near the entrance. And if you listen closely, you might just hear the ghosts of Ethel Merman, Ernest Hemingway, and other patrons of the legendary Stork Club, which stood here until it was demolished to make way for the park.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 16, 2013