At the junction of the Flatiron, Chelsea, NoMad and Gramercy neighborhoods, Madison Square Park is a place to take a lunch break, walk a dog, or view one of the art exhibitions displayed within. Perhaps even more so, the park is simply a thoroughfare to get from one destination to another.

History (and a little internet research) proves that this park is so much more, though. Since it was first used as public space in 1686 (thatโ€™s 329 years ago!), it has also served as:

-a hunting ground
-a potterโ€™s field (mass grave of unknowns)
-a military training area
-home of the NY Knickerbocker Baseball Club (one of the first pro baseball teams)
-a display platform for the arm and torch of the Statue of Liberty before the statue was finalized

This park is a true representation of New York City: ever changing and adaptive. What we see today is merely a layer that, if stripped away, would reveal another time, a layer that will eventually be buried by our future.

Historical tidbits via the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

Contemporary view of Madison Square Park brought to you by Keith Lavit.