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“Lovely place in the middle of the big city”

Washington Square Park
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Greenwich Village Musical Theatre & Piano Bar Tour
Ranked #81 of 1,196 things to do in New York City
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Owner description: A 9.75-acre city park in Greenwich Village, characterized by its large, central fountain, and known as a major center of community activity for the neighborhood residents.
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

I went to the NYU University and business center, just turning around you can enter this beautiful, quiet, relaxing green space. Pigeons are there just flying, birds are chirping. You can have a relaxing walk across the park, stare at people taking pics or just have a moment for yourself

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Reviewed 29 March 2018

We explored a lot the Greenwich Village area. It's a big neighborhood with not so many tourist sites, but ordinary NYC living. Many residential blocks, art galleries, cafes, small cozy restaurants,....
At the end we had our takeaway coffee in Washington Sq park sitting on one of many benches and enjoying live local band performing between the Arch and the fountain. Many people with their pets and kids playing around. I felt like a citizen of this great city. The only pity was the fountain was off due to winter time.

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Reviewed 28 March 2018

As with many of our stops on our recent first trip to NYC, we wish we'd had more time here. That said, we got multiple nice pictures of the arch, and there was a talented pianist playing outdoors when we walked through - delightful!

Thank pudman43
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

This is a nice park and while we wouldn't make it a destination, we would make it a point to spend some time here when in the area again. We were here a few summers ago and sat for quite a while and enjoyed the beautiful trees and many people passing by. This visit was a different experience, cold, windy and slushy. It wasn't quite as enjoyable, but still very pretty. The history of the park was fascinating and a bit morbid.

Thank dragonflytw65
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

We visited on a cold day in March. Probably not the best time to go as there were no street performers and it was cold. And the fountain was not running. It was worth the visit to see the Arch and to experience NYC living. The streets are lined with beautiful residential buildings. Take time to really look at the Arch. The sculptures and detail are wonderful. Walk around the park to see the other monuments. Head deeper into the Village and experience the unique shops and restaurants.

Some interesting facts about Washington Square:

>The park is named after George Washington (First President of the US)
>The city used it as "Potter's Field” and for public executions, giving rise to the legend of the "Hangman’s Elm" in the park's northwest corner.
>Used as the Washington Military Parade Ground
>The park hosted the first public demonstration of the telegraph by Samuel F.B. Morse.
> The Arch was erected in 1890 and commemorates the 100 year anniversary of George Washington's presidency
>Other monuments in this park are: Statue of Italian-nationalist leader Giuseppe Garibald; Bust of steel innovator Alexander Lyman Holley; A flagpole that is commemorated to World War I, and the central fountain (moved from Fifth Avenue and 59th Street)

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