A visit to Untermyer Park and Gardens. Picturesque Victorian gardens with beautifully decorated fountains and slowly decaying pillars at this 43-acre historic park just minutes north of NYC. A dope spot not many New York city dwellers know about.
Untermyer Gardens is located in Yonkers NY, only around 30 minutes north of midtown Manhattan. The property was originally a part of a larger estate known as “Greystone” in 1864 and was later purchased by lawyer and civic leader, Samuel Untermyer and established in 1912. For the next 40 years, Untermyer transformed the gardens and greenhouses in the 150-acre estate into some of the most celebrated gardens in America. After his death in 1940, the park gradually fell into disrepair. The City of Yonkers eventually acquired the core 43 acres of the property while the rest were reclaimed by nature. Currently, the non-profit Untermyer Gardens Conservancy is dedicated to the restoration of Samuel Untermyer’s gardens and has ambitious plans to revitalize Untermyer’s once great gardens.
Alongside the park’s garden features and ancient structures, the park has dramatic views of the Hudson River and the Palisades.
Some of the memorable sections of the park is a rock and water feature called the “Temple of Love” and a “Vista” staircase that overlooks the Hudson River.
If you’re a New Yorker looking for a quick getaway from the concrete jungle or even a visitor looking to see more of New York’s historical beauty, definitely check out Untermyer Park and Gardens.
Here is the Conservancy’s website for more info: Untermyer Gardens Conservancy.
All the photos I took in full resolution can be found on my Flickr page here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeprox718/albums/72157662324331088