The British Garden at Hanover Square in Manhattan

The British Garden at Hanover Square in Manhattan

The British Garden at Hanover Square is a new park in lower Manhattan that commemorates the British lives lost during the attacks of 9/11 and celebrates British and American “ties of friendship and unity.” Its motto is “Reflect, Remember, Rebuild…” and the space is appropriately contemplative and somber.

I’m a fan of small green spaces that are tucked into neighborhoods, like Imagination Alley in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine. This park is a shady repose among the tall buildings of the Financial District. The benches in the park all feature anti-skateboarding design elements.

The British Garden at Hanover Square in Manhattan

The British Garden at Hanover Square in Manhattan

The British Garden at Hanover Square in Manhattan

The British Garden at Hanover Square in Manhattan

This typographic element slithers through the space like a snake. The text is really difficult to read and, given this context of distorted, embossed type on the ground, I would have preferred simpler letters. Unless, of course, this text isn’t all that important — I don’t know, since I only examined it long enough to admire the beautiful letterforms.

The British Garden at Hanover Square in Manhattan

The British Garden at Hanover Square in Manhattan

For more information, check out the official park site. Queen Elizabeth II even visited it this summer!

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3 thoughts on “The British Garden at Hanover Square in Manhattan

  1. Someone really needs to rethink the anit-skateboard technology. There has to be a but way design wise to do this. Indents maybe, hell the skateboard marks are better looking than those things. And if the park is so little used the skaters take over at least there is life there.

  2. Schwartz, I generally side with the skaters, and I appreciate the ways in which they enliven dead public spaces. This particular park [photographed late on a Saturday afternoon, so it was fairly empty] is more like a meditation garden. It’s a quiet, somber space, so the anti-skating elements seem appropriate.

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