PHOTOS: Inside A Quirky New York Park Where Flowers Bloom In The Middle Of Winter

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What would you do if you had a 4,500 square foot space with 16-foot-high ceilings and it was really cold out? For the folks at Openhouse Gallery, the answer was simple…build a park.Park Here is an indoor “pop-up park” created by Openhouse, an event space, pop-up organiser, and art gallery in Nolita. It isn’t exactly like a real park, which raises some pros and cons. It isn’t freezing cold or wet, but the faux grass and flowers, while very cool, aren’t quite like the real thing. But overall, if you are missing an afternoon in the park or just want to check out a cool space, Park Here is worth a visit. 

The space is free and open to the public from 12-6pm until February 15th (though rumour has it they might keep it up for a couple extra days) and in the evenings there are all kinds of events going on. When we stopped by, the nerd gathering Nerd Nite had moved from their usual location to spend an night in the park.

The Openhouse Gallery is at 201 Mulberry St., between Spring St. and Kenmare St.

No quirky park would be complete without some mini-golf presence and a fountain.

The walls are covered with faux ivy.

And the turf on the ground from NewGrass is still actually quite soft.

In the back is a bigger area. There were a lot of people in tonight for Nerd Nite trivia.

Around the corner is another quieter room. People were doing work, just like in a regular park...but here they don't have to worry about battery life.

There is some cool lawn art, like this elephant statue.

And doors are covered in camouflage.

Street signs are used for sponsors.

After our walk through the park we check out Nerd Nite.

It is run by Matt Wasowski, the Boss of Nerd Nite.

Groups discuss the answers to his questions.

Some people got thirsty; luckily different drink and food vendors also occupy the park.

Tonight Lizzmonade was in town.

It is run by Lizzette Pagan and Lamar McCloud.They have some awesome beverage options, including a watermelon and mint drink and one that incorporates cucumber.

Unlike an outdoor park, you can bring your own alcohol if you want.

But most groups were busy looking for answers to the trivia questions.

There were plenty of couples there as well.

All trying to get some free stuff.

Or just enjoy flowers that are always in bloom.

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