12 Years of Washington Square Park Blog: A Snapshot in Photos

The original tagline of Washington Square Park Blog, which published its first post twelve years ago today, was:

“the chronicles of a beloved park and a city government overcome by its own power.”

sparrow Washington Square Park sign
This blog was started to document the controversial redesign of the park – construction began late December 2007 – and expanded from there over these twelve years.


dying tree Washington Square Park
The saga of the dying trees around the Fountain has been covered repeatedly here…


Rally to Save Hot Dog Food Cart Vendors 2013 WSP
As has the saga of the missing hot dog food cart vendors due to private influence, story broken at this site first…


One Billion Rising 2013 Photo: Jennifer Jager
One Billion Rising 2013 Photo: Jennifer Jager
March Against Monsanto 2013

more love nyc washington square arch


NYU students balloon protest - Save the Park (2008)
from NYU students balloon protest – Save the Park (2008)
"old" park fence
The park’s “old” fence Photo: Louis Seigal
New fence, park under construction
New fence, park under construction

“old” park…

old park... garibaldi construction before moved
Garibaldi statue under construction before location moved (2010)

Former Tulip Patch Wash Sq North (2009) – people sometimes act like there were no flowers at the park previously:

tulip patch in former park design, east of Arch, now deleted (larger alcove behind it)
there were flowers before the park was redesigned – for some reason this tulip patch went away after the redesign

Scene prior to park redesign construction:

scene pre-construction: one of eight 40 year old tree chopped down to move fountain
This healthy 40-year old tree (+ seven more) chopped down to move fountain (date unknown)

In 2009, the Fountain Plaza had opened in background – the fountain was moved 22 feet east to “align” with the Arch at Fifth Avenue costing an unknown figure to do so:

Picnic tables from old park, Fountain Plaza new construction had opened
Picnic tables being used in not-yet-redesigned eastern section of park

The first WSP Blog post – February 26, 2008:

The magical park



Thanks for reading, commenting, sharing this blog and appreciating the very magical park.


postscript: The redesign of Washington Square Park took over seven years and cost well over $40 Million. Both figures more than double what was projected. The budgeted and approved amount for the three phase (which became four phases) redesign at its onset was $16 million.

Another focus of this blog has been the threat to public parks of privatization of public space.

Read about problems with privatization here and at my ongoing series at the Huffington Post.

As to the current risk to Washington Square Park (not privatized – yet), visit this blog’s Private Conservancy Watch and here (concealed documentation by Conservancy founders uncovered by WSP Blog).


There is a substantial archive of material over the past 12 years at Washington Square Park Blog, stories uncovered, broken and sourced by mainstream media, history revisited, artists and musicians championed, coverage of community meetings addressing the park, push back against privatization of our public space, and much more.

As always, your donations to support this work are appreciated.

Photos over the years primarily by: Cathryn
except for the following:
Black & white photo gal with guitar “old” park fence: Louis Seigal
Group photo, rally to save “hot dog” vendors: Stacy Walsh Rosenstock
One Billion Rising: Jennifer Jager
Aerial view Fountain Plaza construction: J. Bary
Photo of now axed tree & previous scene around fountain: unknown photographer

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