Official Release Event for Cathryn’s Book “Tales of Washington Square Park” at Bluestockings Bookstore Thursday, October 10th * Reading & Discussion

Join me Thursday, October 10th at Bluestockings books! Official release event!

Thursday, October 10th @ 7 pm
Reading+Discussion: Cathryn Swan’s Tales of Washington Square Park (and a few other places)

The official release for Tales of Washington Square Park (and a few other places), a book/zine written by Cathryn Swan, the editor of the Washington Square Park Blog, featuring some favorite stories from the blog. The event will feature a reading by Swan, conversation about the famous Greenwich Village park and more, and discussion of New York City’s privatization of public space. Cathryn Swan is the founder of the Washington Square Park Blog, an independent hyper-local website which began in 2008, just as the park’s controversial redesign construction began. She also writes articles at the Huffington Post and is writing a book The B-girl Guide to Living Your Life in Earth, Animal & People-friendly ways.

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.

More on Tales of Washington Square Park at this page.


Location: Bluestockings Books, 172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington (which is 1 block south of Houston and 1st Avenue).

By Train/Bus: Take the F train to 2nd Ave, come above ground at 1st Ave, and walk one block south along Allen Street. The Delancey-Essex JMZ stop is also nearby, and the M15 bus has a stop on Allen at Stanton.


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