Take a stroll past wildflowers and through grasses, enjoy a nosh from a food cart, and relax at a screening of an outdoor film.
A local resident who's committed to growth in NoMad.
Keats Myer is the Executive Director of the Madison Square Park Conservancy. But her title doesn’t do justice to the expansive role she plays in NoMad. As the overseer of a vibrant seven-acre park in the heart of an urban neighborhood—one with a world-class art program, a revered music series, a plethora of programs for children, a beloved dog run, and a burger shack that launched a revolution—Keats is the de facto mayor of NoMad. On a sunny afternoon, you’ll likely see her strolling through the park, pausing to enjoy the hydrangeas or to assess the canopy of trees overhead.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MADISON SQUARE PARK CONSERVANCY
union square greenmarket
From Honeycrisp apples to grass-fed beef, from fresh chèvre to loaves of warm sourdough, from cloves of garlic to sea bass caught at dawn, the Union Square Greenmarket is your vendor of choice. On Saturdays during peak season, 85 stands sell their organic produce to the approximately 400,000 people who pass through.
Greenmarket farmers introduced fingerling potatoes, tri-star strawberries, and ramps to New York City.
madison square park
In 1686, the park was designated as a public space in the first New York City Charter. The park is an official American Public Garden. It has a unique collections of camellias, hydrangeas, witch hazel, redbuds, and daffodils. Since 2004, the park has offered an arts program with specially commissioned installations by world-class artists including Ursula von Rydingsvard, Martin Puryear, and Josiah McElheny. The park is home to 198 trees.
“The park is like a snow globe with its green canopy of trees—a place to step away from the hustle.”
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the high line
Freight trains once rumbled down these elevated tracks overlooking the Hudson River. Today, it’s one of the world’s most innovative urban spaces: a place for a long walk with a view, an artisanal ice cream sandwich, and a viewing of a contemporary art installation.