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Oh What A Difference ! A Look at Washington Square Park Then & Now: April 16, 1936 & 2015

Oh What A Difference ! A Look at Washington Square Park Then & Now: April 16, 1936 & 2015

April 17, 2015

These two images of Washington Square Park come via The Bird Feed NYC site and were both taken on April 16th, just 79 years apart. What a clever idea to juxtapose two photos capturing the same view from different eras on the same day! View is from the southern perimeter of the park slightly east […]

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A Look Back: 7 Years of This Blog |Covering "The magical park"

A Look Back: 7 Years of This Blog |Covering “The magical park”

February 26, 2015

It was seven years ago today this blog launched. Seven years of Community Board, Landmarks Preservation, City Council and other meetings! Seven years of chronicling things like the out-of-control privatizers of public space, the arborcidal Waterfalls (remember that? that was, uh, fun), dying trees, the endless park construction, word that the Fountain was actually not aligned […]

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Washington Square Park Sidewalk Fix News, Arch LED Lighting Makeover To Commence in Spring, More

Washington Square Park Sidewalk Fix News, Arch LED Lighting Makeover To Commence in Spring, More

February 12, 2015

Continued report-back from the February 4th meeting of Community Board 2′s Parks Committee addressing Washington Square Park follows. (See previous posts related to this meeting on NYPD moving into building and real-time surveillance at park and issues with wi-fi in parks.) Park’s Sidewalks To At Last Begin Construction This Summer  The long-awaited rebuilding of the […]

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Photo: 1912 Labor Day Demonstration at Washington Square Park

Photo: 1912 Labor Day Demonstration at Washington Square Park

September 1, 2014

Photo via NYC Parks Department Twitter

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Washington Square Park Via Hand-Drawn 1925 Map -- The Lack of Symmetry! (The Bus Station!)

Washington Square Park Via Hand-Drawn 1925 Map — The Lack of Symmetry! (The Bus Station!)

July 27, 2013

The plans for the recent redesign of Washington Square Park were a tad obsessed with all things being symmetrical. Yet, as we know, it wasn’t always this way. This hand-drawn map above was created by Robert Edwards, the publisher of the Quill, a monthly Village publication published in the 1920s (for I’m not sure how […]

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My first piece at the Huffington Post, Privatization of the Commons in Mayor Bloomberg's New York (Part I)

My first piece at the Huffington Post, Privatization of the Commons in Mayor Bloomberg’s New York (Part I)

April 16, 2013

My first piece at the Huffington Post, Privatization of the Commons in Mayor Bloomberg’s New York – Part I, ran yesterday, April 15, 2013. Part II is coming soon! “The town square … may well become valuable just because it is associated with custom and history within a given community. Keeping this resource in the […]

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King of the Park: Charlie Barnett | Performances at Washington Square In Jeopardy Again

King of the Park: Charlie Barnett | Performances at Washington Square In Jeopardy Again

April 11, 2013

While searching for more information on Dave Chappelle’s association with Washington Square Park, I came upon the story of comedian Charlie Barnett who died 17 years ago last month. Barnett captivated countless people from all walks of life and gained his street performance ‘cred’ via his act delivered in the Washington Square Park fountain. In […]

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54 Years Since Washington Square Park Officially Closed to Traffic

54 Years Since Washington Square Park Officially Closed to Traffic

April 5, 2013

This photo captures the community and park goers’ happy victory with stopping cars from traveling through Washington Square Park in 1958 tho’ it was actually April of 1959 when “the square” was closed to all but emergency traffic. The New York Preservation Archive Project tracks here the long history of the proposal which took different […]

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Have Lessons Been Learned from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire 102 Years Ago, Beyond Fire Safety?

Have Lessons Been Learned from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire 102 Years Ago, Beyond Fire Safety?

April 1, 2013

Last week was the 102nd Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, the site of the fire is 1/2 block from Washington Square Park. What I didn’t know is some of the history particularly in relation to the park and the person who became the first woman U.S. Labor Secretary in 1933. Here is a great, […]

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This blog's first post: The magical park | 5 years ago this week!

This blog’s first post: The magical park | 5 years ago this week!

March 1, 2013

This blog is 5 years old this week! The first post: The magical park Originally posted February 26, 2008 When I first got involved with what was going on at Washington Square Park, someone referred to the park as “magical.” It took me awhile to see that. Certainly… I’d been to Washington Square Park over the […]

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Washington Square Tree Lighting Ceremony Tonight Wednesday, December 5th | First Tree in 1924 was Planted in Park -- Bring Back Tradition?

Washington Square Tree Lighting Ceremony Tonight Wednesday, December 5th | First Tree in 1924 was Planted in Park — Bring Back Tradition?

December 5, 2012

Tonight, December 5th, is the tree lighting ceremony at Washington Square 6 p.m. in front of the Arch. It is the 88th year of tree lighting ceremonies at the park! The ceremony doesn’t get as much as attention as Rockefeller Center but it is an older tradition (by 8 years). In 1924, the first year […]

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