Venture to the northeast corner of West Houston and LaGuardia Place, and you’ll also venture back in time.
A tiny public park called the ‘Time Landscape’ sits on the corner and features plants and trees that existed in that spot – and across the rest of Manhattan – before the Subways, Starbucks and disgruntled millions moved in. It’s a monument to the forests and marshland that blanketed the island for thousands of centuries before the 1600s.
The garden, which can be only admired from the pavement surrounding it, was proposed by landscape artist Alan Sonfist in 1965 and after extensive research of the city’s history and botany, the park was created in 1978.
It now features a mixture of native trees, shrubs, wild grasses, flowers and plants and continues to grow naturally within its snug perimeters.You’re going to have to forgive me because while I spent ages admiring the plants, I can’t tell you what any of them are. (Gimme a tree to ID any day.) But according to New York City’s Parks you can see mugwort, Virginia creeper (I’ve met a few of those), aster, pokeweed, sweetgum, tulip trees and violets, among many others.
Pretty cute, I thought, and a nice reminder of what was here before we all barged in.