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Paley Park, New York City

Elements of surprise, refuge, nature, and social interaction offer the user a place uniquely located in Midtown Manhattan. It is directly located off the street so that people attracted to look can easily enter. It is less than 500m2 but yet one of the most visited spaces in New York City. Opposite of the street is a dramatic wall of water cascading from 6 meters above, and the space is covered by 17 thinly foliaged Honey Locust trees that soften the quality of light into the space. Users find here solace and refuge in a busy urban setting. Quiet, restful, and introspective, it offers balance to the speed of the city.

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