April 1, 2011 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
GardenSpace NYC, a cool interactive field guide to Manhattan’s publically accessible parks and gardens, by Brooklyn-based Landscape Design Firm, Green Sky Designs, brings city dwellers closer to their urban ecosystem, bridging the gap between the plugged-in pace of the urban environment and the quiet calm of the garden. GardenSpace NYC brings chlorophyll into the pulse of techy New York urbanites via iPhone, iPad, and iPod.
Click and Explore
Ever found yourself with 45 minutes to kill in upper Manhattan on a beautiful day? Ever needed a quick escape from the bustle of the city on your way home, a place to share a quiet picnic with a friend, or just wanted to explore the spaces created by and appreciated by real New Yorkers? Sparked from their many evening strolls through the secret gardens of New York’s metropolis, GardenSpace NYC evolved from a culmination of years of observation and photography from two of New York’s resident green thumbs. Observing the recent seeding of garden spaces into the dense fabric of urban environments, the app’s developers saw the difficulty in linking wayward city dwellers with their newly accessible pocket parks and urban open green spaces.
Portable pocket guide
Using GPS, GardenSpace NYC maps the location of the nearest publicly accessible gardens–a portable pocket guide for urban explorers, romantics looking for a quick green hideaway, or tourists hunting for the Big Apple’s flowering underbelly. GardenSpace lets users search green spaces by neighborhood, displaying stunning photographs of the gardens, along with a description and history of each space, key information about access and garden vibe, and each garden’s facilities.
GardenSpace NYC offers New Yorkers a handy tool for investigating the in’s and out’s of the city’s greener pastures. The GardenSpace NYC mobile app combines a dedication to linking urban green spaces with community residents and the fast paced information exchange of today’s world–a progressive step, as the developers note, towards understanding the way gardens will be used and perceived by the computer generation.
With GardenSpace NYC in hand, visitors and residents can green-thumb their way through a comprehensive directory of the city’s most desirable outdoor spaces. The developers are working to expand this project to include all of New York’s five boroughs and you can help: Keep your eyes open and send them photos, descriptions, or locations of your local garden hideaways. They feature gardens from a range of spaces, including churches, community gardens, parks, and private spaces that are shared publicly. Download the app, and start spending your spare moments green-thumbing your way through the city!
$1.99 at the iTunes Store.