Socrates Sculpture Park is the principal outdoor site for contemporary sculpture in New York City. Set on a small cove off the East River, the 4.5-acre park consists of a large open space encircled by rock gardens, specially built walls, walkways and areas of wild grasses and boulders lining the waterfront. The sculpture has the dramatic Manhattan skyline as a backdrop.
Providing a view of the Hudson River, this circular memorial, modeled on a Greek temple, honors the Civil War's dead.
The park was built in 1906 and designed by Samuel Parsons Jr., a one-time parks commissioner and associate of Calvert Vaux. The park stretches from West 128th Street to West 141st Street and connects St. Nicholas Terrace, Edgecombe and St. Nicholas Avenues.
This center is operated by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. It holds special events as well as regularly scheduled activities for children, teens, seniors and adults.
The Swedish Cottage was brought to the United States as part of the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876. Since 1939, it has served as a puppet theater.