Favorite Photos of the Park | 16 Years of Washington Square Park Blog

The original tagline of Washington Square Park Blog, this site published its first post 16 years ago this week (2.26.08) setting out to cover the controversial 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 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 was 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

Prior to park’s 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 opened – the famous 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 and appreciating this very magical park.


Creator & editor

postscript: The redesign of Washington Square Park took over seven years and cost well over $40 Million. Both figures more than double (probably tripled) from what was projected. The budgeted and approved amount for the three phases (which became four phases) of the redesign at its onset was $16 million. It took over seven years (that does not include the late work done on the sidewalk completion).

There is a substantial archive of material here covering the past 16 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 this public space, and much more.

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Photos over the years by: Cathryn
the following by:
B&w gal with guitar sitting on “old” park fence: Louis Seigal
Group photo, rally to save “hot dog” vendors: Stacy Walsh Rosenstock
One Billion Rising against the Arch: Jennifer Jager
Photo of now axed tree & previous scene around fountain: unknown photographer

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