The Lotus Garden
Credit: Shanna Forlano

Sun, October 23rd, 2022

9:00am — 1:00pm

Designed by Carrie Maher and Mark Greenwald in 1984 and perched atop the salmon-brick Columbia condo tower’s parking garage, this oasis in the sky features varied flowers, fruit trees, shrubs, and lotus ponds inhabited by schools of fish. The 1/6th-acre paradise, with three feet of dirt underfoot and multiple birds’ nests tucked overhead, is among the city’s oldest rooftop gardens. The Lotus Garden wows people who climb the short flight of stairs with its colorful and fragrant abundance surprisingly wedged between apartment buildings.

Visitors must go up one flight of stairs to access the garden. The garden paths are mulched and may be uneven. Access is limited to 40 people at a time.


South side of West 97th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue
New York, NY 10025