What makes a great public space?

A study of Washington Square Park in 2005 by the Project for Public Spaces concluded: “Washington Square Park is one of the best known and best-loved destinations in New York City. And as a neighborhood … Read more…

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Music Jam Fridays at the Park

Do you have a Washington Square Park-related story? I’d like to intersperse the chronicles of the City descending on Washington Square Park with their redesign plans with historical notes and personal stories that might be … Read more…

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The Skeletons of Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park “Renovation” (note: fountain entirely torn up now; trees gone.) Washington Square Park first came into being as a Park in the 1850’s. It was a Potter’s field (a “common” burial ground) from … Read more…

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Jane Jacobs

Washington Arch, 1955 In 1961, Jane Jacobs released The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Jane Jacobs had already made a name for herself as a community activist in the West Village. At one … Read more…

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Washington Square Park – NYC

Washington Square Park – NYCOriginally uploaded by bradunc01 Trees that line the fountain – now gone. Fountain – now dismantled. Why do the City and the Mayor want to change every last thing that works … Read more…

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The magical park

When I first got involved with what was going on at Washington Square Park, someone referred to the park as “magical.” It took me awhile to see that. Certainly… I’d been to Washington Square Park … Read more…

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