- Donald and Barbara Zucker Natural Exploration Area
Nellie’s Lawn in Prospect Park, nr. East Dr.
Alternatives to traditional jungle gyms are slowly cropping up across the city. But none is as fantastical as this Prospect Park oasis, which opened in October on the lawn that Olmsted and Vaux originally dubbed the Children’s Playground in 1868. Today, all of the “equipment”—structures created from trunks and branches—has been sourced from trees that fell during Hurricane Sandy. Toddlers play hide-and-seek in hollowed-out stumps, while older kids balance on long logs and count the rings. Landscape architect Christian Zimmerman designed the structures (he’s also responsible for Lakeside), but Mother Nature twisted the wood into haunting shapes.
From the 2014 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).