Fifth Avenue Vest Pocket Gardens

Yesterday, late afternoon. A walk down Fifth Avenue between a museum visit on 84th Street and a design lecture on 64th Street. Twenty blocks of glorious little gardens. A tiny plot around a street tree. Strips no wider than 9 feet between the edge of building and the beginning of the sidewalk. Inventive layers of color and texture. Gardens designed to survive traffic fumes, pets, and live in a land of doormen, baby carriages, nannies, schoolchildren, dog-walkers, tourists, and business people perhaps too busy to notice.

5 Ave50

5 Ave51

5 Ave61

5 Ave59

5 Ave57

5 Ave562

5 Ave63

5 Ave53

5 Ave56

5 Ave55

5 Ave64

You never know what you’ll see in New York.

5 Ave65

About writedesigner

Graphic designer, writer, and gardener Ellen Shapiro is based in Irvington, New York. A frequent contributor to design blogs and magazines including Print, Imprint,, Communication Arts, and Etapes, she writes about trends, issues and personalities in design, illustration, photography, and visual culture around the world.
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1 Response to Fifth Avenue Vest Pocket Gardens

  1. Prudence K Montgomery says:

    Viva NYC! And viva wonderful writedesigner with an eye!
    xxx, Pru

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