NYC - East Village: George Hecht Viewing Gardens - compass
George Hecht Viewing Gardens, two triangles formed by the intersections of E. 9th Street with 3rd Ave. & Stuyvesant St., sits at what was the front entrance to Peter Stuyvesant's bouwerie, or farm. The transformation of the area into an urban neighborhood began in the late 18th century when Petrus Stuyvesant, the great grandson of the Dutch governor, began to divide the land into building lots.
The gardens allude to the vegetation of said farm, and the compass that sits within the wrought iron fence refers to the true east/west orientation of Stuyvesant Place (the only such street in New York City).
The garden is named after George Hecht, who paid for its creation. Hecht was an electronics manufacturer and a supporter of Cooper Union.
George Hecht Viewing Gardens sits within the Saint Mark's Historic District, as designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1969.