Sunday, January 14, 2007

Greeley Square

Greeley Square is a small plot of triangular concrete space sandwiched between two intersecting avenues (Broadway and Sixth) and 32nd Street. It has a twin square, better known as Herald Square on the north end, and together the two squares form a bowtie configuration of public space.

Greeley Square was named after Horace Greeley, an influential editor of The New York Tribune in the mid-1890s, who ran unsuccessfully as a presidential candidate against Ulysses S. Grant in 1872 under the new Liberal Republican Party.

Greeley and Herald Squares are situated above one of the busiest subway stations in the city and are neighhors to the famous Macy's departmental store, Penn Station and Madison Square Garden. The squares, especially Greeley Square, offer a tiny oasis of tranquility and relaxation right in the middle of midtown madness. Retail kiosks on Greeley Square sells coffee, snacks and newspapers to commuters who are constantly passing by on their way to and from work. It is definitely an ideal place for people watching.




9 comments:

Olivier said...

c'est dans ce parc (ou je confonds avec l'Herald Square) qu'il y a une superbe horloge (on peut faire de tres belle photo le soir avec l'ESB illuminé derriere)

it is in this park (or I confuse with Herald Square) that there is a superb clock (one can make very beautiful photograph the evening with the ESB illuminated behind)

ruth said...

This looks like a charming square. That's what's so great about wonderful big cities, there are surprises around every corner.

Dsole said...

It looks really peacefully.. Love this places in the middle of the city chaos where you can stop and forget about everything for a while :)

Annie said...

Pretty photo of an oasis in the big city.

Ming_the_Merciless said...

olivier - I think the clock is on Herald Square. I will go and check it out some time this week.

ruth, dsole & annie - I was surpised by the charm and tranquility of the square too. The potted trees bordering the park make it feel isolated.

Curly said...

You can see that a great effort was put in to create traditional Christmas spirit in this small oasis amongst the hustle and bustle of the great City.

Curly's Photoshop

Keropok Man said...

if ever i visit NYC, i shall sit here and remember this post!

Lavender Lady said...

I love the outline of the bare tree right behind the lamp post. Very nice!

tigerfish said...

i like this night scene. pretty yet quiet. and it must be rather cold.

i can't find your morimoto pix in your blog...