The New York Times recently published a great article titled "This Tiny West Village Garden Is Public Space. But You Can’t Go In." in which they uncover the history behind Sheridan Square Viewing Garden in the West Village, a completely fenced in public park that is only about 4,200 square feet.
A fragrant mound of rose bushes, thyme beds, and magnolia and crab apple trees rises on a former roadway reclaimed for open space. Except that it is not actually open. Instead, it sits behind a locked, wrought-iron gate in the heart of the West Village. It has no benches and no visiting hours. Called the Sheridan Square Viewing Garden, it is, as its name suggests, just for looking.
Check out the full article for an interesting read on New York City's semi-public parks and gardens.
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