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Washington Square on a Snowy Saturday: Park Bustles, Heavy NYPD Presence, Wildlife Abound

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NYPD vans – a huge number – lined Washington Square North on both sides of the street on Saturday. A police officer told me that they are there due to the “large number of demonstrations that have been taking place on weekends” at the park. I asked if the demonstrations had been “peaceful” and the officer replied yes. Seems like a total overreaction and overuse of police in this location for this purpose. Clearly there to send a message.
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Then you enter the park and see this:

Carolers
Carolers

On Friday evening, there was a candlelight vigil for the people of Aleppo, Syria. Signs and candles remained by the fountain.
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Pigeons and fans
Pigeons and fans

The birds and squirrels of the park are very hungry with limited food (bring nuts if you visit and/or bird seed!). A cold, lonely pigeon sitting in park alcove along Washington Square North:
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Southeast view
Southeast view

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NW Entrance
NW Entrance

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Photos: Cathryn

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