News! Update March 16, 2016: Now available as an Ebook! Follow this link.
From October 2013: I’ve written a small book about the park, twelve updated stories, written over the last five years at this blog (as of 2013). It’s called Tales of Washington Square Park. I hope you’ll check it out. I initially had this idea of selling it in the park but I haven’t quite crossed that frontier yet. So, until then, you can order it here.
Tales of Washington Square Park is your official guide to that historic park by the editor of the Washington Square Park Blog. It is a carefully curated collection of WSP Blog’s favorite stories & photos at the blog.
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!
From Eleanor Roosevelt, Jane Jacobs, Bob Dylan, Dave Chappelle to today, the park remains the heart of Greenwich Village. It is a constant reminder of the magical commons in the midst of the privatized city.
After five years of writing the Washington Square Park Blog, Cathryn Swan has compiled twelve of her favorite stories and articles (two first published at her Huffington Post blog), updated them and now this collection is available in print in Tales of Washington Square Park.
Topics include the park history, personalities including Jane Jacobs and Charlie Barnett, nature, the Arch(!), the park’s controversial redesign, privatization of public space, and more.
Printed on 90% post-consumer recycled paper.
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