Favorite Photos of the Park | 15 Years of Washington Square Park Blog

The original tagline of Washington Square Park Blog, which published its first post slightly over fifteen years ago today (2.26.08) covering the redesign of Washington Square Park by the Bloomberg Administration, was:

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

sparrow Washington Square Park sign
This blog began with the intent to document the controversial redesign of the park; construction began in late December 2007 and its scope expanded from there.


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
NYPD Curfew June 2021
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)
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 – 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 from what was projected. The budgeted and approved amount for the three phases (which became four phases) redesign at its onset was $16 million.

There is a substantial archive of material over the past 15 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.

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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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2 thoughts on “Favorite Photos of the Park | 15 Years of Washington Square Park Blog”

    • Hi NYArtist,

      I think you meant this comment for the other post on the dog run’s closing for two weeks, maybe? Unfortunately, the WSP Dog Run does not have ANY of the history of the dog runs on their web site. I don’t know why. (It also does not have the locations of the runs that I saw or the hours. ??) It is amazing history that this was the first Dog Run in NYC. I know you have commented before on how Robin Kovary got the Washington Square Park Dog Run started. It doesn’t relate to this post on the history of this blog over 15 years. And on the Dog Run post, I was trying to get across that the runs were closing, not the entire history of the Dog Run. I don’t know every bit of the background of its start offhand. Perhaps I can cover that in the future. I appreciate what Robin Kovary did very much and she sounds like a wonderful person. I try to cover what I can when I can.



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