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Washington Square Park

West 4th Street, Greenwich Village, New York City, NY 10001 (Greenwich Village)
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Ranked #96 of 829 attractions in New York City
Type: Parks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Neighborhoods
Activities: People-watching
Owner description: A 9.75-acre city park in Greenwich Village, characterized by its large, central fountain, and known as a major center of community activity for the... more » Owner description: A 9.75-acre city park in Greenwich Village, characterized by its large, central fountain, and known as a major center of community activity for the neighborhood residents. « less
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Sydney, Australia
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301 reviews 301 reviews
238 attraction reviews
216 helpful votes 216 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

This park is near the New York University. It is a great place to take a break, watch people go by and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. There is a huge arch in the park, which was built to honour George Washington. This makes for great photos. The arch resembles the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Beautiful place, the Arch is stunning and we were lucky enough to be able to listen to the piano player. It must be even more special in summer with the trees and flowers and the fountain.

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Palos Heights, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Washington Square is one of the better known parks in New York City, after Central Park and Bryant Park. In the heart of Greenwich Village it is surrounded by New York University. The nonconformist tradition of the Village and the energy of the university are what give Washington Square its particular vibe. The park was once marshland that was converted... More

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Long Island
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140 reviews 140 reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

This was such a great place to sit and watch people. There was a man blowing bubbles with a rope and a bucket, another man playing classical music on a piano, another man feeding the pigeons and letting them land on him and still other young men trying to balance brooms on their noses and girls singing. Free entertainment.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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54 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

This park is close to the NYU buildings and Greenwich Village. This means a lot of young people and a lot of artists. Which gives a nice atmosphere! A must see is the Washington Square Arch and the view back to Empire State Building!

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Providence, Rhode Island
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7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We love the park especially on the weekends. Spent a wonderful Saturday enjoying some great music. Rock, blues, a grand piano rolled into the park. Amazing comedy troop put on a great show. Not to mention a great dog park for your furry friends. Come hang out, enjoy the scene.

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Union City, New Jersey, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Good for people watching, but on the small side. The arch is cool and looks great when the Christmas tree is up. People are a bit odd here though and the "performances" range from interesting to bizarre. The piano concert there was cool but the people yelling about the end of the world was not.

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Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

One of the many parks in NYC, but according to me the best one. Take a book and sit next to the fountain. A beautiful place to relax and enjoy in NYC away from it's crowds.

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Chicago, Illinois
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

After a long day exploring Manhattan, I figured I needed a break, so I went towards Washington Square Park. I got a close parking spot nearby using my phone's park whiz app, so I didn't have to walk too far. A friend had told me this a really nice place, #3 in comparison to Central Park's #1 spot, and indeed... More

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Toronto, Canada
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Whenever I hear that song, I am immediately reminded of many memorable hot and muggy summer afternoons and evenings spent hanging out in Washington Square Park over the years. The West Village is blessed with so many intimate parks especially the triangular parks running up Sixth avenue. But Washington Square holds a special place in my heart for its open... More

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