Washington Square is located in the heart of Greenwich Village. You find people from all backgrounds in Washington Square. At the northern end of the park is a triumphal arch; the Washington arch. The Washington Arch is located at 5th Avenue and Waverly place. Other parts of the park are surrounded by the campus of New York University. The fountain offer cool relief on hot New York summer days. There is also a fenced dog park where the neighborhood’s residents are free to play with their dogs. Washington Square Park it is a beautiful, vibrant place. It’s the perfect spot to take a break from walking.
Washington Square Park is a good place to stop and rest during a marathon walking tour of Grenwich Village. Especially on a warm sunny afternoon you'll see all kinds of people doing all kinds of activities- a music concert, people playing chess, etc.
The arch monument was built to commemorate the centennial of Washington's taking the oath of office, 1889.
Bordering the Square to the East and South is New York University.
Washington Square Park is a public park located within the Manhattan borough of New York City. One of more than 1,700 parks in New York City, Washington Square is, along with Central Park, arguably one of the most well-known parks in New York City.
Because it is surrounded by New York University—indeed, the park doubles as the university's "campus green"—and is a part of Greenwich Village, the park is typically inhabited by a variety of bohemian, intellectual, and non-traditional people. Perhaps because of this bohemianism, the park has developed a reputation for being a drug dealing hotspot, a fact often remarked upon in contemporary fictional accounts.
The two main attractions in the square are the fountain and the Washington arch.
For the Centennial of Washington's inauguration as President of the United States a wooden Memorial Arch was constructed on the Washington Square. The arch, designed by Stanford White was so successful at the celebrations, that a marble version was commissioned.
Washington Square Park is not to be missed. It is about 4 square blocks of stone walkways and pavement, and of course the monumental arch. It's not exactly beautiful, but it is definately New York. And in that I find beauty. I suggest you take a picnic and sit by the fountain. Almost all year long there are all kinds of acts going on. Whether it's a guy singing Dylan songs, or acrobats flying off eachothers shoulders, it's all very amusing. Be careful at night though. After dark the drug dealers trying to rip you off come out, and can get a bit agressive. Especially to obvious out-of-towners. Also, it's best in the summer when everyone is out and the fountain is on.
Most people who come here are the NYU students, as well as some young people who like to juggle some balls in the air, having an experiment haircut from some beauty school students, or just dancing to the music from a stereo. Anything you do is fun, even though you just probably want to sit around and enjoy the day .. that's fine too.
This area is one of those pleasant oases in the midst of an urban storm. Highly recognizable as a symbol of Greenwich Village, the Washington Arch (built 1895) once permitted traffic beneath its span until the early 1960s. Today the sole traffic is pedestrians and skateboarders (and unfortunately a little in the way of the "wrong" traffic). The arch however is the anchor of this wonderful open field which gives tourists and residents alike an ample place to relax and reflect, away from the bustle of Fifth Avenue which terminates at the park's northern edge. Statuary, a large fountain, some green patches and a host of trees make this one of Manhattan's nicer spaces.
If you are in in Nyc, You should definately see Union Square, Washington Square Park and Central Park.
Because the parks in NYC are full of character: chess players, dancers, protesters and crazy public speakers.
Washington Square Park is located in the heart of Greenwich Village and is popular place for students and tourists alike.
The two main attractions in the square are a fountain and the Washington Arch, the latter looking a little like a mini Arc de Triomphe!
It is not the prettiest of parks, but when we wandered through there was a good band playing and we stopped for a while to soak up the jazz.
For the Centennial of Washington's inauguration as President of the United States a wooden Memorial Arch was constructed on the Washington Square. The arch, designed by Stanford White was so successful at the celebrations, that a marble version was commissioned. In may 1895 the final version of the 77 ft Washington Arch was inaugurated. The sculptures of Washington as general and president were designed in 1916 and 1918.
The Gateway is at the base of 5th avenue and traffic actually use to go through it until 1971. Washington Square park is bounded by Waverly Place, 4th street, University Place and MacDougal Street. The Washington Arch is located at 5th Avenue and Waverly place.
The park also has a fountain as its core and there is a lot of local activity in this space such as people putting on performances and whatnot.
we walked from midtown manhattan down to the south tip of New York where the ferries depart for the Staten Island and this was a good place to rest. The Washington Square Park, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, is a very popular and crowded square. It is best known for its bohemian and rebellious character. The park looks seedy, has little green space and attracts vagrants, but people from all backgrounds still flock to the square. The two main attractions in the square are the fountain and the Washington arch.
Before the Washington square was built in 1826, the area was used as a burial ground. The north side was a German cemetery, while the south side was a potter's field (a nameless burial ground). The area was later used as a public gallows and execution ground.
If you have seen the film...'KIDS', this is where the opening of the film starts....The 'Fight Scene' near the pool and seats. If you are lucky there might be a mounted policeman for the kids to see. Mark Twains house is a short walk away on Fifth Avenue to the north of the gardens (N)
Washington Square Park is an eccentric park of town. There are usually a various assortment of street performers, NYU students, aspiring hippies, occasional bums, and a section of chess players and hustlers.
Street chess players set up shop on the park tables. Passerbys can sit and play... for bets usually averaging $5 /game for 3 games. Most are nice people and give an unassuming passerby a $15 lesson. Beware of the occasional hustler who isn't quite as friendly or gets angry when he looses.
You can find both in Washington Square park. I would often get to classes early due to train schedules and find myself the time to go and just sit and read. Or watch the people starting their own day.
Every now and again there are street fairs right here too. Most of the things I wouldnt buy as I am too tight with my money but every once in a while you find a good book or something to help you live just a bit better.
quite a different park than central park! wash sq is more a meeting place than a park. there are always performers there (free) sometimes good, sometimes not so good. it is great to just sit and watch people. there can be many protests there against the war, against corporations, greenpeace etc... it is fun, and definitely a 'downtown' crowd (which is where i live) - this usually means younger, and a bit more eccentric. again best when the weather is nice.
Washington Square Park:
In the middle of Greenwich Village and near the New York University (NYU) campus lies Washington Square Park. Originally built as a wooden monument in 1889 for George Washington's centennial inauguration celebration, it was soon permanently rebuilt out of stone.
In the summertime, the park brings together a mixture of people: tourists, locals and students cooling off in the fountain, street performers, and people dealing with illegal substances. Like all big cities, be aware of your surroundings, develop that NYC attitude and you'll do fine.
Surrounding within a 2-3 blocks south or east of the park (especially on MacDougal Street) are reasonably priced restaurants that cater to those on a "NYU student budget".