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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

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 the […]

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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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Remember when Mike Myers and Mario Batali Played Ping Pong at the Park and Went Atop the Arch? Footage Finally Appears On New Batali Hulu Show

Remember when Mike Myers and Mario Batali Played Ping Pong at the Park and Went Atop the Arch? Footage Finally Appears On New Batali Hulu Show

August 1, 2014

It’s been three years since Mike Myers and Mario Batali were on the Fountain Plaza playing ping pong with men in black guarding the door to the Arch as the pair (and a crew) went up to the top and waved to passers-by. Well, that footage has finally been released and formatted into a show […]

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It Happened at Washington Square: Why is the (New) Park Severely Flooding?

It Happened at Washington Square: Why is the (New) Park Severely Flooding?

July 16, 2014

Updated – It’s not the first time… this photo of a severely flooded Washington Square Park east of the Fountain from yesterday’s storm: Recently, on a tour of the park, re-designer George Vellonakis explained how he re-designed the new park so that one side of the pathway to the east sloped up and other side of the pathway […]

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Catch the Washington Square Music Festival Tuesday Night at the Park, Only Two Concerts Left!

Catch the Washington Square Music Festival Tuesday Night at the Park, Only Two Concerts Left!

June 23, 2014

Two more concerts! The summer season of the acclaimed Washington Square Music Festival at the Park began last Tuesday and continues this Tuesday, June 24th at 8 p.m. on the Garibaldi Stage, east of the Fountain. The concert will feature soloists Lucia Hyunju Song and Laila Salins accompanied by the Festival Chamber Ensemble performing Vocal […]

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Summer Washington Square: Things to Do Mornings at the Park ... Yoga, Tai Chi, Dance

Summer Washington Square: Things to Do Mornings at the Park … Yoga, Tai Chi, Dance

June 16, 2014

The New York City Parks Department presents the following free classes at Washington Square Park… yoga, Tai Chi, Dance! All at the Garibaldi Stage, east of the Fountain.

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