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Untermyer Park and Gardens

Untermyer Park and Gardens are a historic 43-acre (17 acres (17.7 ha) city-owned park within Yonkers, New York, located in Westchester County, just north of New York City. The park is the remnant of the 150-acre (61 ha) estate “Greystone.” The park is located on the sloping land that extends from the eastern bank of the Hudson River to the bluff over it. The park is home to a Walled Garden inspired by ancient Indo-Persian gardens. It also has a small open-air amphitheater in the Grecian style with two sphynxes facing each other, which are supported by high Ionic columns and a classic pavilion, loggias and stores, an encasement of water and rocks called “The Temple of Love,” and an extensive staircase that leads starting from to the Walled Garden to an Overlook with views of the river and the Palisades. EZ Yonkers Junk Removal

The gardens were designed in 1916 and were designed by Untermyer, a prominent attorney and civic figure. They were created by landscape architect and architect design William W. Bosworth, featuring fountains designed by Charles Wellford Leavitt and sculptures created by Paul Manship and other artists. The gardens were frequently open to the public and hosted shows by famous actors, dancers, and musicians. They were thought to be among the most beautiful landscapes in the United States.

When Untermyer passed away in 1940, the plan was to donate his entire estate to the United States, the State of New York, or at the very least, to Yonkers, the City of Yonkers. In the end, Yonkers was able to accept a part of the estate. The land was the heart of the gardens and has been expanded since then and renamed the Untermyer Park and Gardens in his honor. This was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Walled Garden

This Walled Garden surrounds a crenelated wall that has Octagonal towers – it is based on the Indo-Persian garden in antiquity, also known as Paradise Gardens or Charges. As with the earlier gardens, this one can be divided into quadrilateral parts by waterways, a notion that is based on four garden areas of Paradise or Eden, which are mentioned in the Qur’an and the Bible. In the Bible, four rivers flowed through Eden, including the Pison, the Gihon, the Tigris, and the Euphrates and the Euphrates, and both trees have been named the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge, Good and Evil. Paradise (Jannah) had four rivers in Islamic texts: water, honey, wine, milk, and The Tree of Life. The four waterways in the gardens of Untermyer are clockwise from the entrance to the park that is the South, West, North, and East Canals, which meet in a pool in the center.


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