Fate of Music at Washington Sq Park to be Discussed by Comm Bd 2: Public Hearing Wed. June 3rd

Fate of Music at Washington Sq Park to be Discussed by Comm Bd 2: Public Hearing Wed. June 3rd

May 29, 2015

There are three topics on the June 3rd agenda of Community Board 2′s Parks Committee, one of which directly impacts Washington Square Park and performance of music at the park.  This is a follow-up on a previously poorly advertised meeting last summer on the issue of music at the park, pertaining to decibels, drums and […]

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World Science Festival: All Day Events + Map Wildlife in Washington Sq Park Sunday, May 31st

World Science Festival: All Day Events + Map Wildlife in Washington Sq Park Sunday, May 31st

May 29, 2015

The World Science Festival, now in its 8th year, is going on through the weekend around the city, and comes to Washington Square on Sunday, May 31st when the park will act as host to the Ultimate Science Street Fair. Added on this year to the schedule is a chance to discover wildlife in the […]

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No Longer Driving the Culture, is the Village Now “a Geography of Nowhere?”

No Longer Driving the Culture, is the Village Now “a Geography of Nowhere?”

May 26, 2015

The New Yorker this week grapples with the question: Why Are There So Many Shuttered Storefronts in the West Village? The article begins with a focus on the House of Cards & Curiosities which for twenty years successfully managed its unique business on Eighth Avenue between Jane and West 12th Streets; it will close later […]

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Cutest Squirrel Ever at Washington Square Park

Cutest Squirrel Ever at Washington Square Park

May 22, 2015

I think they are all great, of course. This was taken in 2011 and I believe this was on the Eastern end of the park. Photo: Cathryn

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Artist Everett Shinn's "Most Beautiful Spot": Washington Square 1910 | P.s. Did the Park Shrink at Some Point?

Artist Everett Shinn’s “Most Beautiful Spot”: Washington Square 1910 | P.s. Did the Park Shrink at Some Point?

May 19, 2015

Of the many New York City scenes artist Everett Shinn (1876-1953) painted, many were of parks and squares, and Washington Square Park was his favorite. This painting from 1910 depicts a rainy night just outside the park looking in. The portrait was included as representative for a 1911 New York Times article, “What is the […]

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"A Park of One's Own" Washington Square Park Audio Tour May 16th

“A Park of One’s Own” Washington Square Park Audio Tour May 16th

May 16, 2015

And now more about A Park Of One’s Own taking place Saturday, May 16th at WSP at 3 p.m. A Q&A with creator Carla Kasumi follows: How did A Park Of One’s Own come about? What led you to the idea? I’ve been working with audio-guided walks for a while. The first one I did was back […]

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5 Weekend Must Do's: Washington Square, Downtown & Brooklyn - Dance, Engage, Culture, Art & Community

5 Weekend Must Do’s: Washington Square, Downtown & Brooklyn – Dance, Engage, Culture, Art & Community

May 15, 2015

Saturday, May 16th Washington Square Park: A Park of One’s Own. 30 Minute Audio guided tour. 3 p.m. Meets at the Arch followed by a small picnic. Download the audio at web site on May 16th. Bring smart phone and head phones. Learn more here via Q&A interview with the tour creator Carla Kasumi. FlatIron […]

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Wondrous Washington Square Park Mid-May 2015 | Photos

Wondrous Washington Square Park Mid-May 2015 | Photos

May 14, 2015

Skateboarder above, First Amendment below Benches removed within the two alcoves on the Eastern side. Where lady with dogs is, 2nd photo, where benches were removed. Photos: Cathryn

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Creating Mobile Historical Society for SoHo - Make it Happen!

Creating Mobile Historical Society for SoHo – Make it Happen!

May 11, 2015

We don’t want SoHo to be remembered as an overcrowded shopping mall. The history of this neighborhood is important and yet so easily forgotten in the context of storefronts that today resemble the Short Hills Mall. Yukie Ohta grew up in SoHo in the 1970s and her site, The Soho Memory Project, captures the essence […]

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The Fountain Plumes Cascade Again (for the most part)

The Fountain Plumes Cascade Again (for the most part)

May 7, 2015

The fountain at Washington Square began spouting its famous plumes again last week (April 30) shortly after I wrote wondering when this would occur. This happened earlier than usual, going by the last few years (although some years back, someone told me that it used to come on when the water fountains were activated at […]

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