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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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Interview with "Fish Men" Playwright and New Yorker Cándido Tirado, Play Features WSP Chess Area; A Recollection of Chess Plaza "Hey Day," Healing After 9/11 & More

Interview with "Fish Men" Playwright and New Yorker Cándido Tirado, Play Features WSP Chess Area; A Recollection of Chess Plaza "Hey Day," Healing After 9/11 & More

May 4, 2012

Earlier this week, WSP Blog featured a guest review of the Chicago-based play, “Fish Men,” currently running through Sunday at the Goodman Theatre. I spoke with playwright Cándido Tirado, a New Yorker, about the origins of “Fish Men,” his experiences at Washington Square Park, and whether the play will make its way to NYC. Tirado […]

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Guest Theatre Review: "Fish Men," at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, Features Washington Square Park Chess Area as Backdrop To "Riveting" Story and Performances

Guest Theatre Review: "Fish Men," at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, Features Washington Square Park Chess Area as Backdrop To "Riveting" Story and Performances

April 30, 2012

This is a guest post and theatre review by Linda Zises of the currently-running Chicago-based “Fish Men.” Fish Men, the latest play by Cándido Tirado at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, is an ambitious venture inspired by New York City’s Washington Square Park Chess area in the aftermath of the tragic 9/11 attack on the City. Using […]

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