Let’s Travel to Madison Square Park!

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Let’s Travel to Madison Square Park!

This week Libby takes us on a photographic tour of one of her local spots. Have you been to Madison Square Park yet? Let’s dive in and see what it offers.

Originally designated as a public urban space in 1686 and officially opened as a public park in 1847, Madison Square Park has been offering New Yorkers a place to escape the surrounding city traffic for hundreds of years.


Located between the Flatiron Building to the south, the M and the Empire State Building to the north, this urban park is a great spot to walk your dog, take your kids to the playground, soak up some vitamin D with the sunbathers on the lawn or simply do some people watching while snacking on delicious eats from the original Shake Shack, which started as cart in the summers from 2001 to 2003 and officially became a permanent food kiosk at the park’s southern end in the summer of 2004. Since then, Shake Shack has grown to include locations far beyond the borders or NYC, but you can still enjoy juicy burgers, crispy fries and their famous frozen custard shakes at the place where it all started.


If burgers aren’t your thing, head across the street to Eataly, where you can pick up all the fixings for your favorite Italian meal, or leave the cooking to the pros and dine at one of the many restaurants or pick up a hearty picnic to go from one of the takeout food stalls inside.


Did you know that the first public Christmas tree in the United States was displayed at Madison Square Park? Be sure to stop by in the winter to see how this tradition is carried on to this day.


Lee Altpeter