Best West Village parks to read in
Revel in the elegant green spaces of the West Village including James J. Walker Park and the Gardens at St. Luke in the Fields while relaxing with a good book.
Wed Aug 14 2013
This is one of those places where you can experience nature while still appreciating the city’s presence. The triangular park feels like a hub for the rest of the Village, with three arched entrances as a convergence of diagonal streets emanating in all directions. It’s the kind of park more common to Paris than New York, and that European feel extends to the park’s classical decorations. The centerpiece is a majestic three-tiered fountain in black cast iron, companion to three similarly designed black planters in each corner, looking like oversize washstands swimming with flowers. Benches lounge within the square’s interior but are even more plentiful along the perimeter greenery. Glance at the nameplates of the plants and you’ll be surprised by such titles as “Ambition,” “Success” and “Displacement,” part of an installation by Kenneth Pietrobono that offers a social commentary on the city’s divergent forces. In that spirit, consider a couple of books that reveal the hunger, perils and excesses of New York life. Jay McInerney’s popular ’80s novel, Bright Lights, Big City, showcases the work-hard/play-hard world of self-indulgence and burnout through an unconventional second-person narrator. Michael Lewis’s Liar’s Poker is a nonfiction narrative that provides an entertaining and informative account of some of the players, traders and personalities that made a ton of money on Wall Street, and then lost it. Horatio St between Eighth Ave and Greenwich Ave