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1950s & 60s Washington Square Captured in New Exhibit, Folk City, at Museum of City of New York

1950s & 60s Washington Square Captured in New Exhibit, Folk City, at Museum of City of New York

June 17, 2015

A memorable collection of images, stories, and multi-media capturing Washington Square and Greenwich Village in the 1950s and 1960s goes on display beginning today, June 17th, at the Museum of the City of New York as its new exhibit, “Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival” opens. A time period people remain fascinated […]

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Musician Steve Earle planning musical about Washington Square Park

Musician Steve Earle planning musical about Washington Square Park

March 11, 2015

In a recent interview, musician and Greenwich Village resident Steve Earle said that he is working on a musical about… Washington Square Park. The material is based on his 2007 album, Washington Square Serenade. (You can see from the creative album cover above, part of the Arch, what looks like nearby One Fifth Avenue, and, […]

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A Cat in the City: Feline Who Frequents Washington Square Park Featured in Charming Tale

A Cat in the City: Feline Who Frequents Washington Square Park Featured in Charming Tale

December 6, 2014

The cover art got my attention – how could I resist? A cat sitting under Washington Square’s Arch which is adorned with illustrations of cats, dogs and musicians as the park’s resident pigeons perch atop it. Pretty Boy, an all white cat, is the subject of Greenwich Village resident (and best selling author) Julie Salamon’s […]

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Have you Ordered Your Copy of 'Tales of Washington Square Park' yet?

Have you Ordered Your Copy of ‘Tales of Washington Square Park’ yet?

October 25, 2014

Tales of Washington Square Park is your official guide to the park by this blogger. This book/zine was released last fall and is a great way to support this blog and, of course, there is a lot of great information about Washington Square Park (and a few other places) within it. Tales of Washington Square […]

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The park in the news: Battling Snakes, Dogs and Light Sabers!

The park in the news: Battling Snakes, Dogs and Light Sabers!

July 24, 2014

The snake found a home! Adopted via Lil Monsters Animal Shelter. Story via DNAInfo Washington Square Park Dog Run voted #1 by Curbed readers A Light Saber Battle is coming to Washington Square Park on Saturday, August 9th at 9 p.m. (for better or worse). At least there are no feathers. Photo: Angely Mercado

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Reader Comments on New York Times Article & Its Revisionist History of Washington Square Park

Reader Comments on New York Times Article & Its Revisionist History of Washington Square Park

May 15, 2014

The New York Times article, Blooms Return to Washington Square Park After Years of Renovation, inspired many comments. In this case, the issue isn’t whether the “renovation” is “good” or “bad;” the issue is the rewriting of the very history of Washington Square Park and the years that preceded its recent construction, which, in turn, rewrites […]

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Curbed on WSP Blog's "Detailed Takedown" of New York Times' Revision of the History of Washington Square Park

Curbed on WSP Blog’s “Detailed Takedown” of New York Times’ Revision of the History of Washington Square Park

May 12, 2014

Today at Curbed: After six long years of work, a revamped Washington Square Park is finally complete. It got the Times treatment this weekend in a piece that details how the storied Greenwich Village green space has “changed drastically“; the picture painted is a positive evolution from an unsafe wonderland of drugs and general sketchiness […]

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Mr. Beller's Neighborhood on Washington Square Park in Grittier Days

Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood on Washington Square Park in Grittier Days

February 4, 2014

Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood published a wonderful story by Jacob Margolies about his friend “Monte” and Washington Square Park in grittier days: I have a friend. For the purposes of this story, let’s call him Monte. When I was a kid there were lots of guys in the neighborhood named Monte. Now I don’t know anyone with […]

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Thursday, October 10th Official Release Event: Tales of Washington Square Park (and a few other places) at Bluestockings Books, Manhattan

Thursday, October 10th Official Release Event: Tales of Washington Square Park (and a few other places) at Bluestockings Books, Manhattan

October 5, 2013

Why was the fountain moved 23 feet east to line up with the Arch at Fifth Avenue after 137 years in its previous location? Did cars really run through the Arch? What is the story behind the “Hangman’s” elm at the park? Why did Henry James hate the Arch? Answers to these questions and more! […]

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Midnight Movie Tonight at Lincoln Center "Fritz the Cat" (WSP has a cameo in the film!)

Midnight Movie Tonight at Lincoln Center "Fritz the Cat" (WSP has a cameo in the film!)

July 27, 2012

Tonight at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, a Midnight Screening (one in an ongoing series) of “Fritz the Cat,”  a 1972 film which has the distinction of being “the first x-rated animated feature.” The film features “Fritz” romping through NYC; the image above of Washington Square is from the movie. A description of the […]

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