Madison Square Park is a gem. I have always enjoyed its Victorian-reminiscent layout, its well tended trees and foliage and its regular public art instalations- a nod to its location at the border of artsy downtown and all business midtown Manhattan. It is also home to the very first Shake Shack short-order burger restaurant.
On the north side of the park, there is a small round pool. It may once have been a lily pond, and foliage does grow in the water, but that’s not what’s neat about it. The landmark skyscrapers that line the southeast side of the park are visible in the pool’s reflection.
I’ve been fascinated by the pool since I discovered this a year ago. While I don’t believe that you can catch the famous Flatiron Buliding in it, you can get the gold tipped New York Life Building and the tall and thin Credit Suisse tower.
Whenever you’re in the city, stop by MadSq Park as it is locally known: for a rest, a walk, a hamburger or a photograph.