At 1.5 acres or 65,340 square feet, the Garden provides significant open space in the neighborhood. The Garden is publicly accessible open space in a district -- Community Board 2 -- with "one of the lowest percentages of open space in Manhattan," according to Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer's testimony to the City Planning Commission. Community Board 2 has the second lowest
amount of open space in New York at 0.4 acres per 1,000 residents!
|THE GARDEN, OCTOBER 2011 (source)|
In addition to its size, another distinguishing feature of the Garden is the fact that it is green, vegetated, permeable open space. The vegetated areas of the Garden are unified, largely contiguous, and at grade. The Garden's condition contrasts starkly with the campus quad of patchy, planter-bound, and below-grade vegetation proposed in NYU 2031.
|NYU 2031 PROPOSED REPLACEMENT (source)|
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