When you’re sightseeing in New York, it’s easy to schedule a full day of monument, museum and neighborhood tours. In a city that’s known both for its celebrated history as well as its constantly evolving cultural landscape, there is plenty to discover. That’s why taking a break isn’t always on the itinerary for first time visitors.
Luckily, just around the corner from The Wagner at the Battery is a space perfectly suited for taking a break: the Garden of Stones. As a permanent installment of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, this small garden is both peaceful and poignant, and one of our favorite nearby spots for taking a respite from an otherwise exciting and busy touristing schedule.
The Garden of Stones at the Museum of Jewish Heritage is a living memorial garden of trees growing from stones. Created in 2003, the artist Andy Goldsworthy invited Holocaust survivors and their families to plant trees in the garden that would eventually be visible from nearly every floor in the museum. The trees first planted by survivors and their families serve as a reminder to all visitors about the human relationship to nature and our shared responsibility as a community.
With views overlooking the water, the Garden of Stones offers a serene escape from the bustling city. And while there are plenty of larger green spaces in the city, this garden’s emphasis on reflection and contemplation is completely unique.