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Weekend Washington Square | Plus Some of the Latest

Weekend Washington Square | Plus Some of the Latest

April 13, 2015

The park was packed over the weekend. Many of the lawns were closed due to re-seeding of the grass. This made it seem extremely crowded. This picture was supposed to show the fountain area but actually showcases how out of place those two NYU buildings, Bobst Library and Kimmel Center, are bordering the park on […]

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Shakespeare in the Square Today at Washington Square’s Garibaldi Plaza 12 and 4 p.m.

Shakespeare in the Square Today at Washington Square’s Garibaldi Plaza 12 and 4 p.m.

April 5, 2015

Today at 12 noon and 4 p.m. the annual Shakespeare in the Square at Washington Sq Park’s Garibaldi Plaza, east of the Fountain. From Untapped Cities: Today, Sunday, April 5th Celebrate Spring with Shakespeare in the Square in NYU’s production of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. The event is free and open to the […]

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In the News: Pillow Fight Day Returning Yet Again to Washington Square, Caffe Dante Closed, Larry WSP "Birdman" & more

In the News: Pillow Fight Day Returning Yet Again to Washington Square, Caffe Dante Closed, Larry WSP “Birdman” & more

March 26, 2015

Meet Larry, Ex-Con “Birdman” of Washington Square, via a series called “No Your City” at Break.com. Larry has an intense story, for sure. He has loads of personality and flocks of friends, feathered and humans alike, at Washington Square. These friendships at the park changed his life. Oh Dear. The Pillow Fight is Returning April […]

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Washington Square Park - The Latest: Updates Coming Next

Washington Square Park – The Latest: Updates Coming Next

February 6, 2015

This blog is almost seven years old. The seventh anniversary is February 26th. That is hard to imagine! I have been revisiting some of the earlier posts. This photo (at right) is from early on during Washington Square Park Phase I construction. The report-backs from Wednesday’s Community Board meeting about the park will be staggered […]

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Washington Square Christmas Tree 2014 At Night - And An Idea for Next Year

Washington Square Christmas Tree 2014 At Night – And An Idea for Next Year

December 20, 2014

Updated Next year, I think the Christmas/holiday tree should be planted IN the park as they did in 1924 versus a disposable tree that is transplanted from Vermont and just gets “chipped.” No reason why not. It could possibly be planted to the west, a bit south of the Arch and then that could be […]

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Washington Square Park Christmas Tree Arrives Early Monday; 90th Tree Lighting Ceremony Takes Place Wednesday, December 10th

Washington Square Park Christmas Tree Arrives Early Monday; 90th Tree Lighting Ceremony Takes Place Wednesday, December 10th

November 30, 2014

This year will mark the 90th year of tree lighting ceremonies at Washington Square Park. This means the tradition is older than Rockefeller Center’s! The tree arrives from Vermont at 4 a.m. tomorrow, Monday morning, unadorned. It will be lit at a ceremony on Wednesday, December 10th at 5 6 p.m. (Be prompt ! – they […]

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Walk Through Washington Square with Self-Guided Tour of Park Trees' Fall Foliage (Before it's too late!)

Walk Through Washington Square with Self-Guided Tour of Park Trees’ Fall Foliage (Before it’s too late!)

November 21, 2014

You have just a bit longer to see Washington Square Park’s panorama of magnificent colorful trees in action. And now, as you stroll through the park, you can identify the trees and learn all about them via a wonderful walking tour put together by Local Ecology identifying the park’s fall foliage. The self-guided tour begins at […]

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Late September Washington Square

Late September Washington Square

September 30, 2014

It’s turning October and the leaves will turn also shortly but until then, here is the latest from end of September. There is the usual: music, palm readings and tarot, chess and wildlife , along with the also unfortunately occurring all too often: more dead trees around the Fountain. (More to come on this…) In addition, […]

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Controversy Over Pillow Fights and Light Saber Battles At Parks

Controversy Over Pillow Fights and Light Saber Battles At Parks

August 22, 2014

In last week’s Villager, there was an article on the Light Saber Battle that took place at Washington Square Park on Saturday, August 9th. The Light Saber Battle NYC, now in its sixth year, is run by an “event planning” company called Newmindspace which also produces Pillow Fight Day. Their events are geared towards having […]

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Indie Chicks Shine Light on Media's Negative Messaging to Women With Action at Washington Square Park

Indie Chicks Shine Light on Media’s Negative Messaging to Women With Action at Washington Square Park

August 19, 2014

The creators of web site and publication, Indie Chick, went around town yesterday challenging women’s magazines and media to stop the negative messaging. Adorned with visible signs and outfits illuminating this, their stops included some of the city’s highly trafficked areas and parks, including Bryant Park, Central Park, and, Washington Square Park. The three founders of […]

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