NoMad (North of Madison Square Park) is a historic neighborhood in Manhattan, between Chelsea and Kips Bay. NoMad begins at the park and extends to West 30th Street. Like most NYC neighborhoods, NoMad is very pedestrian-friendly with easy access to the subway, cabs, and buses. This small neighborhood is packed with restaurants, shops, entertainment venues, nightclubs, and hotels. The historic district contains nearly 100 buildings, many dating back to around 1870.
Madison Square Park became a public space in 1686. It served as a potter’s field (a common grave for the poor) during the 1700s. In the 1800s, it was used as an arsenal for the US Army. Finally, in 1847, it became a park and was named for President James Madison. In 1832, the first Madison Square Garden was built at the corner of 26th Street and Madison Avenue. Before it moved uptown, it was the site of Ringling Brothers circuses, theatrical performances, and the site of the 1924 Democratic National Convention.