No sense in overselling this, but it is a quick change of scenery in Kendall Square: a humble, six-story lift into a big bubble of fresh air over one of MIT's main drags.
I liked Steph J.'s Yelp review. She's not easily impressed, and she got it about right.
One thing this garden always had going for it: surprise. It was hard to find, and unexpected. You had to wind your way through a few anonymous lobbies, and out into a parking garage, the whole time saying to yourselves, "Are we sure we've got this right?"
I always expected someone to stop me, especially since it's located just outside Google's Cambridge office. "Sorry. Not for the general public."
But it is public, negotiated during a recent building boom. The designer tells the story.
And it's no longer secret. Just follow these new signs from the street:
Once you're up there, it's... a garden.
The surrounding buildings are drab; the height is not impressive; and it's no longer secret.
It also doesn't have any shade, so either the time has to be right (morning or late afternoon/early evening) or the day has to be cloudy.
Lunch in the garden seems like a good idea, particularly with a Clover just below, on street level. But, again, if it's a bright, sunny, and noonish -- might not be that great.
So why am I recommending this? Not sure. Maybe I'm still living in its "secret" past.
Or just putting it out there, for that late afternoon/early evening when it just perfectly fits the bill.
Yeah, that's it.
It's open from dawn to dusk.