It was 40 degrees. And raining.

So we went to the park.

Openhouse Gallery in Nolita has created an indoor pop-up park, called “Park Here”.

Do not adjust your screen. Noah was in perpetual motion so I could barely get a focused picture – he had SO much fun and I wanted to tell you about it right away because it’s closing soon!

So okay –  the “grass” was astroturf and the “trees” and “flowers” were artificial but there was something truly magical about this place. They have warming lamps throughout and giant photo murals covering the walls. Plenty of bean bags, blankets and picnic tables encourage lounging.

Along with some “rocks”, perfect for climbing.

Noah immediately took off his shoes and socks and began running and climbing on everything. He eventually settled on a blanket to listen to some live music and shake some shakers.

There were other whimsical touches too, like an elephant and giraffe, and a hammock that proved no end of entertainment for Noah. He had a great time climbing on it, having me “swing” him and just kicking back.

At around noon the place cleared out – it was just Noah and me and a few people who had strolled in during their lunch break.

We had lunch on a bench on the upper level (overlooking a fountain and the giraffe) and headed back out to the grim reality of our cold, gray January day.

Park Here is only open till February 15th, so try to make it down there if you can. There are great scheduled events for families,  or you can just do like we did – come in, run around barefoot, eat a picnic lunch and count the days till summer.








  1. Hotly Spiced on January 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    That looks like a great place to go to escape the cold. Noah seems to have enjoyed himself immensely. What a shame it’s soon closing down.

    • sheri silver on January 17, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      I know – it was a truly unique experience – we’re going to try to squeeze in another visit!

  2. Jennifer Scala on January 18, 2012 at 11:44 am

    This looks like so much fun. What a great way to chase away the winter blues!

    • sheri silver on January 18, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Oh it was great – winter was forgotten, if only for a few hours!! 🙂

  3. Kate (Embarrassment of Riches) on January 23, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Park Here is such a treat! I’m so glad it’s back; we bopped in a lot last year. (It has a clean restroom – a rare commodity in downtown NYC!)

    • sheri silver on January 23, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      Ha! I agree about the restroom – esp in that neighborhood! We loved it – hopiing to fit in at least one more visit before it closes!