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Wave Hill

Bronx

NY

USA

Contributed by 
Sarah Stern
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
April 13, 2004
December 14, 2017

Wave Hill is a public garden and cultural center.

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

Wave Hill is a spectacular 28-acre public garden and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades in the northwest Bronx. One of New York City's best kept secrets, this must-see botanical gem offers programs in Horticulture, Environmental Education, Woodland Management, and the visual, literary, and performing arts, for visitors of all ages. At the weekend Family Art Project, children explore the gardens with artist Noah Baen and naturalist Martha Barrero, and then create paintings, collages or constructions inspired by what they see.

Access & Linkages

People visit Wave Hill from the surrounding neighborhood as well as the tri-state area. There are clearly marked paved and unpaved paths throughout Wave Hill. The paths are visually accessible and offer beautiful views of the Palisades.

Comfort & Image

Wave Hill offers a stunning first impression. The view of the Palisades in all seasons makes first-time visitors stop and relish the vista. Both men and women visit Wave Hill. There are plenty of seats around Wave Hill and opportunities for quiet contemplation. The grounds are clean, safe and security is present. No public vehicles are allowed on the property.

Uses & Activities

People of all ages visit Wave Hill year around. Wave Hill offers programs in the visual, literary and performing arts. Wave Hill also has a cafe on its grounds, which offers a lovely menu.

Sociability

Wave Hill offers a quiet, peaceful space where visitors can connect with nature. People come in groups or as singles and are pleasant and respectful to each other. Riverdale and New York City takes great pride in Wave Hill.

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