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Washington Square Park

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Address: West 4th Street, Greenwich Village, New York City, NY 10001
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Activities: People-watching
Description: A 9.75-acre city park in Greenwich Village, characterized by its large...
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.
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Great place to rest and breathe!

This park is a real gem in the middle of many other gems, notably the historic buildings and unique stores around Fifth Avenue and 8th street. It was busy while we visited, but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Worcester, United Kingdom

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This park is a real gem in the middle of many other gems, notably the historic buildings and unique stores around Fifth Avenue and 8th street. It was busy while we visited, but then so is everywhere in NYC which is why we go there! We took a picnic lunch along and enjoyed watching the world go by.

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scotland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

If New York is the center of the universe then WSP is the centre of New York - for locals- (the center for tourists being Times Square) we sat in the park for hours, people watching at its very best. It's safe and clean and great free entertainment.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

My son plays chess at a good standard and wanted to play the chess hustlers who can be found in one corner of Washington Square Park. The park was filled with musicians, street entertainers, students from NYU and families. The hustlers charge $5 for a blitz (5 minutes each) game regardless of result. Overall a great place to go if... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

A lively place filled with tourists, locals and students from NYU. You'll hear music of all sorts, be entertained by performers and get a sense of the old Greenwich Village. A great place to take kids of all ages plus 2 playgrounds. Walk around the recently renovated paths and walk the perimeter to see the stately town houses on the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This is my favourite place in NYC! It is so green in the summer, it's like a small forest. There is always something interesting going on - like a street busker who brought his piano! And there always seems to be a place to sit down.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We came here after getting scones at Tea and Sympathy. It's a nice quiet place to just sit and take pictures and to eat a snack.

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atlanta, georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Lots of NYU students hanging out. Music in the park. Acrobats in the grass. Children in the fountain during the hottest part of the day. Loved it.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I love this park. It is situated next to NYU and the whole place is just so filled with history and beauty. Sit down and enjoy a lunch break and do some people watching.

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new york city
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

As a New Yorker, this is m favorite spot, it's real and evolving. As a kid it was a bit sketchy, but really clean now. I love walking through just to see what's going on. Usually performance artists, sometimes great music. plop on a bench and people watch. It is real.

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Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Great place to people-watch, hang out and relax by the fountain. Family friendly, fun and safe. Bring a snack, sit on a bench or on the grass and take in the sounds of the city all around you.

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Greenwich Village
Commonly known as “the Village” to New Yorkers, it was here in Greenwich Village that both 1960’s counter culture and the LGBT movement were born. Famous for its bohemian past, head to Washington Square Park to get a feel for this diverse and energetic neighborhood. You’ll find NYU students, street performers, skateboarders, kids frolicking in the fountain, and locals relaxing and playing chess. Stroll the streets to discover a mix of majestic town homes and hidden bars and restaurants that give this neighborhood an old-school residential feel. When the sun goes down, check out one of the famous jazz or comedy clubs that still packs them in every night.
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