With the intention of adding some natural flavor to the sprawling metropolis, pop-up parks are materializing across Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York city.
After decades of untempered construction and expansion, the urban planners of today are desperately trying to undo the toil of their for-bearers. Glass and metal edifices stretch on for miles across the tiny island of Manhattan, but a recent beautification project hopes to change some of that. By appropriating a single parking space, the pop-up parks are a small reminder of the natural world and its wonder. Pedestrians are invited by the city's municipality to take a load off, sit back and maybe even read a book beneath the shade.
Although residents have broadcast fears of crowds and noise, the pop-up parks have managed to avoid attracting too much attention and, indeed, strike the perfect balance between city-living and serenity.