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The hippies who famously turned up and tuned out in Washington Square Park are still there in spirit, and indeed often in person. In warmer months the park—which was once a potter’s field—is one of the best people-watching spots in the city, humming with musicians and street artists, while skateboarders clatter near the base of the iconic 1895 Washington Arch (a modest replica of Paris’s Arc de Triomphe). Plus, kids can splash in the area's fountain on sweltering days.
|Venue name:||Washington Square Park|
W 4th St to Waverly Pl between MacDougal St and University Pl
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, M to W 4th St; N, R to 8th St–NYU|
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LGBTQ+ History, Neighborhood and Pub Tour of Greenwich Village
Meet at the arch at Washington Square Park and cruise through eons of queer history in the nexus of the West Village. Along with an expert queer tour guide, you'll journey through the gay nexus's history (back to the 1630s), indulge in a complimentary...Until Tuesday December 24 2019
No Brainer or the Solution to Parasites
Theater for the New City takes its 43rd annual Street Theater Company show on the road, bringing agitprop to outdoor locations throughout the five boroughs. Crystal Field and Joseph Vernon Banks's family-friendly (but corporation-hostile!) musical allegory pits...Musicals Saturday August 24 2019 - Sunday September 15 2019 Free
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Washington Square Park Folk Festival
There are few places as important to the history of American folk music than Washington Square Park. Musicians like Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan used the park as a place to perform and meet with other musicians in their early days. This annual end of summer...Concerts Sunday September 8 2019 Free
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Always a great place to walk through and take in the sights and sounds of the crowd. I was there just after it rained and captured this shot. Very "New York" if you ask me.
One of my favorite parks to go to at night. The energy at Washington Square Park is unreal, and it doesn't stop after dark! I met a friend here around 8:30PM on a warm evening during the end of April and it was bustling! Live music, people hanging out in a relaxed atmosphere and definitely someplace that I would want to hang! Although the fountain wasn't on just yet, it totally did not matter. The vibe was right and we hung out for awhile just people watching and catching up. There's always something going on during the day as well, whether its a yoga class, the annual pillow fight in early April and NYU students working on some sort of project. I love this park, just gives an all-around good feeling whether I'm just passing through or deciding to hang out for a while.
Washington Square Park is one of my favorite smaller parks in Manhattan. With its iconic arch, water fountain and nearby dog park, what’s not to love? I understand that it’s very very crowded during the summer, but there’s a beauty in that. It’s one of the best places to go people watch. Everywhere you go, there’s something to see whether they are impromptu Shakespearean plays, painted half-nude people, art students or children running around. Often, you’ll find there’s some sort of festival going on during the weekend. I love to meet up with friends there and find a place to sit down and chat.