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      In Washington Square Park
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  • In Washington Square Park - New York City
      In Washington Square Park
    by toonsarah

Sooner or later, any walk in Greenwich Village is likely to lead you to Washington Square. This open space is perhaps to the Village what Central Park is to upper and midtown Manhattan: at once lungs, meeting place and alfresco entertainment venue. It is dominated by the 77 foot high Washington Arch, built to mark the centennial of the first President's inauguration. (In fact the existing arch was built between 1890 and 1892 to replace the original wooden arch of 1889.) Another notable feature is the large fountain where street entertainers traditionally gather. Around these are paved areas, patches of lawn and a few flower-beds. The park is used by students spilling out of the New York University buildings that surround the square, as well as dog walkers, skateboarders, roller-bladers, musicians, chess players and of course weary tourists.

I had looked forward to revisiting the square as I had happy memories of people-watching here on our previous visit and thought it would be a good place for candid photography. Unfortunately this time round (September 2008) we found much of the park closed for restoration, with only a small section on the eastern side open. This still retained much of the atmosphere we?d remembered, but on a reduced scale, so we only sat for a short while before continuing our wanderings around the Village.

Directions: Bounded by Fifth Avenue, Waverly Place, West 4th and MacDougal Streets. West 4th St / Washington Square subway station is served by seven different lines
Website: http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/washingtonsquarepark

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  • Written Nov 12, 2008
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