New York

“New Perspectives”

Wave Hill

The park, with its gardens, lawns, and arboretums, is the museum of nature, a monumental enclosure of value. Pleasure and education are conjoined in leisurely strolls past botanical specimens in picturesque arrangements while, in the truly successful park, various views unfold. At their best these views are both short, within the park itself, and also stretch to a wider horizon beyond the park boundaries, allowing for a sublime (one hopes) comparison of differences. New York’s Central Park is a masterpiece of this sort, with its carefully planned naturalness framed by the more obvious artifice of city buildings. The park at Wave Hill, in the Bronx, is nowhere near as grand; really quite small, it has only one view, which dominates the property. And this is such an impressive view, of the Hudson River and the New Jersey Palisades beyond, that the park is transcended by it—Wave Hill itself

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