Pittsburgh Pocket Green Restored, Reopened To Public
PITTSBURGH PA – A small urban park that closed after it became a makeshift campground and a symbol of the differences between “haves” and “have-nots” is again available to visitors.
BNY Mellon Green is a pocket park that serves as one of the downtown entrances to the towering BNY Center, 500 Grant St., one of the tallest buildings in Pittsburgh’s skyline. The park is open to the public during daylight hours, and features a sculpture with a water fountain, well-tended flowers and landscaping, trees and trimmed lawns, and benches for seating.
The green is privately owned by banking giant BNY Mellon, and adjacent to an entrance for the Pittsburgh light rail transportation system. During late 2011 and early 2012, it was the site of an encampment by Occupy Pittsburgh, a component of a larger, national group of protesters who sought to make a statement about financial disparity in the United States.