Washington Square Park Blog began in 2008 intending to primarily chronicle New York City’s redesign of Washington Square Park, construction on which had begun a couple of months prior.

What I discovered fairly quickly was that things that happen at Washington Square Park at almost every level seem to act as a microcosm of what’s going on at other parks and public spaces, in the Village, and, of course, New York City at large. Perhaps it’s universal in scope also.

I’m not a fan of the Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his administration’s tactics overall but, in a sense, their decision to redesign this historic park led me to writing this blog. It’s an independent, hyper-local effort covering news and other issues.

Writing this blog about Washington Square Park helped me recall and experience the power of place. Places have special energy and different ones resonate I imagine for different people. I think that energy remains within the space (no matter what crazy plans get enacted).

My very first post was called “The Magical Park” and the tagline on this blog was “the chronicles of a … park and a city government overcome by its own power.”

I continue to cover the redesign of the park but over time expanded the outlook to include – history of the park, events at the park, Greenwich Village, other city issues, other parks, privatization of public space, wildlife in the park, animals in the city, preservation, trees/protection of nature, city agencies (of course, the Parks Department), other blogs, and more!

The decision to redesign this blog – enact my own redesign plan – was because I wanted the site to be a bit broader, more fluid, easier to navigate and view what’s here (there’s a lot – over 900 posts migrated to this site from wordpress.com). I’d like more readers and I wanted this to be a place to engage and that is engaging.

I hope this blog redesign will accomplish all that and more! As always, thanks for stopping by.

WSP Blog Creator & Editor
October 18, 2012

About me:

A former publicist to rock stars, a community organizer on environmental issues, an aromatherapy entrepreneur, and writer (I’m writing a book!), of the things I do and have done, this blog is probably the most representative of me and the least, all at the same time.



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Carreen Heegaard March 15, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Thanks for your efforts, I was just in Washington Square Park this past weekend and will be referencing the sculpture on my blog post. Best of luck on your book- a sense a kindred spirit.


cathryn March 19, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Hi Carreen,

So nice!

Thanks for checking out my blog and your good wishes. Stop by again!

best wishes to you,


Brett Wilcox June 26, 2013 at 7:53 am

Love your March Against Monsanto photos!

Would you be interested in sharing two or three with me for possible inclusion in my upcoming book “We’re Monsanto: Feeding the World . . . Lie After Lie.”

Your photos would definitely empower my son and I as we run across the USA in 2014 promoting global Seed Freedom.

Please let me know!



P.S. Run With Us!


Bose December 18, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Cathryn (you will always be Swanny to me!)….saw an article in the Post recently that mentioned “Cathryn Swan” and I just knew it was you! So great to see this blog and that you are doing well (happy big b-day).

From a Jersey fan,


cathryn December 19, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Bose, so great to hear from you!!

Thanks for finding me and the nice note!



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