Shake Shack, in Madison Square Park, has become one of the most popular spots in Manhattan to grab a burger, fries or frozen custard – the lines are so long that you’re well advised to check the Shack’s webcam before you set out. On the other hand, if it’s a nice day, there are certainly worse places to spend time in Manhattan than this leafy oasis in the shadow of the Flatiron Building. (Visiting New York in winter? Bear in mind that the Shake Shack closes during the coldest weather months, although the exact time it closes and opens for the season varies from year-to-year.) In 2003, the Madison Square Park Conservancy launched a new initiative to bring a high-quality food kiosk to the park. In less than a year, the Conservancy financed and built the $750,000 Shake Shack, the new zinc-clad, ivy-covered “green” building designed by renowned architect James Wines of SITE Environmental design, built by Kullman Industries, and operated by the Union Square Hospitality Group. An instant classic, the Shake Shack’s overhanging roof is a throwback to the old roadside stand –while the angles of the Shake Shack are a tribute to the neighboring Flatiron Building. Since Shake Shack’s opening in 2004, it has exceeded all expectations – and not just because a portion of each purchase benefits park maintenance and programs. From opening day, Shake Shack has made the southern end of the Park a destination for dining. Customers are lured by the tasty menu featuring frozen custard, shakes, concretes, Shack Burgers®, Chicago hotdogs, ‘Shroom Burgers, and more. Shake Shack is also available for special events with proceeds benefiting park programs. To learn more, just follow the link below.