Nestled within Boston’s bustling financial district, of business suits and heels tripping over cobblestones, is the compact, but impeccably groomed, Norman B. Leventhal Park. However, as this grassy urban oasis is located within Post Office Square, the public space is often referred to as “Post Office Square Park.” The square, located at the intersection of Milk, Congress, Pearl and Water Streets, was named in 1874 after the post office that fronted it, which has since been replaced by the John W. McCormack Post Office and Court House. Norman B. Leventhal Park also has a unique “Park Above/Park Below” business model – as the lush grass above was built atop a parking garage below. And there’s not much better than combining convenience with wordplay. It’s comprised of large lawn, promenade, fountains, and over 125 plant species.
I first stumbled upon the park at Post Office Square whilst working in one of the many financial district high-rises the park is cushioned amongst. However, whether you’re looking for a retreat from the hum of cubicle life, or just a place to relax, Post Office Square Park has plenty to offer.
In addition to free seat cushions visitors are encouraged to borrow, the park also hosts its own four-seasons café, with all the typical soup, salads, and sandwiches-type cuisine.