The Real Deal New York

A walk through Manhattan’s smallest official park

Septuagesimo Park sits on just 0.04 acres on the UWS

June 29, 2014 12:00PM

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Septuagesimo Park

Septuagesimo Park

WEEKENDEDITION Manhattan is famous for Central Park, which weighs in at an unbelievable 843 acres – although Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx is three times that size. But on the other end of the spectrum, Manhattan is full of absolutely tiny green spaces, parks and gardens. And the smallest of the small is Septuagesimo Park.

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Sitting on just 0.04 acres on the Upper West Side, this official city park is wedged between two brownstones on West 71st Street (hence the name), according to Ephemeral New York.

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By contrast, Central Park has 843 acres, and Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx is three times Central Park’s size.

“New York City acquired this property through condemnation on March 28, 1969,” explains the Parks Department website. “Mayor Lindsay’s vest pocket park initiative supervised the landscaping of the parcel.”

By 1981, it was put under the jurisdiction of the Parks Department, and in 2000, commissioner Henry Stern gave it its striking name. It has since become yet another amenity in the life of an Upper West Sider. [Ephemeral NY]Christopher Cameron

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