Sunday, September 13, 2009

New Green Spaces in the City:- Big Apple to Big Taco.....

Everyone is familiar with the green delights of Central Park and Prospect Park, Brooklyn in New York City as havens to escape from the hustle and bustle of the Big Bad Apple....

Whether it be chilling, picnicing, reading, relaxing, working out or jogging, all city dwellers know the importance of these oases of green....

So it is always cause for celebration when new green spaces open up in the city, and this summer saw the opening of the first stage of the Highline down in Chelsea, New York. The old elevated train tracks are being converted into green spaces for walking, reading and just sitting. The new space is characterised by beautiful wild gardens, and the actual tracks and iron railway sleepers have been incorporated into the overall design......

Here in Mexico City, visitors are often surprised by just how many green spaces already exist in the densely populated urban heart of the Big Taco from the delightfully expansive Chapultepec Park....


to simple local street gardens such as the ones that exist just up the road from my centrally located apartment...

but this summer also saw the opening of a new green space downtown in the cramped and crowded Centro Historico, namely the Jardin Radial created by Jeronimo Hagerman in the courtyard of the Templo San Francisco on the newly pedestrianised calle Madero...

This garden may be a temporary art installation, but look at how quickly DF residents have taken to lying back and enjoying themselves...

What new green spaces have opened up in your city?? For more windows on the world check out the my world tuesday postings by clicking here....

17 comments:

Dianne said...

the shadows on the road near your apartment are so very beautiful!

Fly Girl said...

Wow. These spaces look so refreshing. Chicago's Millennium Park is the newest green space that we have, although it's not all green. Besides the park, there are sculptures, a waterfall, a theater and restaurants.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Beautiful greens and shadows! Everything looks so lush and wonderful. Easy to see why you'd want to spend time there.
Karla & Karrie

Catherine said...

Fly Girl - will have to check out the new park on my next visit to Chicago
Dianne and summer - thanks for the comments but the Shadow Shot Sunday is the post before...

BBE said...

As someone who is in the garden business, it is wonderful to see people enjoying the islands of greenery, amongst all the concrete of the cities.

BBE

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I must admit I'm surprised there's so much green in Mexico City.

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous shots, beautiful parks! Wonderful to see so many different ones and how popular they are!

Great post!
Have a great week!

Sylvia

magiceye said...

oh wow
these lungs are so essential in urban areas!

J Bar said...

Great montages.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Wolynski said...

Sadly, very little green (or otherwise) space in Vegas. Love your photos of the Mexican gardens.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful collages, I love all the green parks and so happy to see there is more of it.

Coffeedoff said...

Lovely to see poth New York and Mexico city's green spaces!

storyteller said...

What a MARVELOUS series of beautiful mosaics filled with lovely photos from Central Park! Thanks so much for visiting Small Reflections.
Hugs and blessings,

J said...

I love the photo collages you've done - makes me want to be eating ice cream in a park on a hot day!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

That is very interesting. I was in Mexico City years ago and I loved Chapultapec park.

Gaelyn said...

Nice green space. I like the idea of potted grass to lay down on and watch the sky. Nice post.

A Cuban In London said...

What I love the most about these photos is that one of my brother-in-law just came back from the States, NY to be more precise and we were all talking about how the city looked familiar to them without having ever been to it. And it is the movies, the photography, the artwork. NY is a source of inspiration for many artists.

So, you went to see Rubencito? Wow, I hope the concert was good.

Many thanks for the photos and commentary.

Greetings from London.