Where in the world is Alan Gerson?

Alan Gerson — the NY City Council representative for District 1 in Manhattan, which covers Washington Square Park — was missing in action Wednesday March 19th at the City Council hearing on the Parks Department … Read more…

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Stay tuned…

We’re amazed at all the layers that exist when one starts looking closely at the Washington Square Park issue. We have many ideas and information to share, some of which necessitates more research before reporting … Read more…

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"Honey, I Shrunk the Park"

Figures don’t lie. But a lot of liars figure. The NYC Parks Department figures that the “new and improved” Washington Square Park will have just as much public space as the old one. But let’s … Read more…

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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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