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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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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Best people watching in the city.

Nothing like Washington Sq on a nice sunny day when all the masses are out. Many musicians, dancers and other street performers can be found here. I especially love the guy who... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Nothing like Washington Sq on a nice sunny day when all the masses are out. Many musicians, dancers and other street performers can be found here. I especially love the guy who wheels out his grand piano for a free classical concert, Grab a coffee or bite to eat, grab a seat and enjoy the shoe.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

A normal square. A normal park. The area around it is quite charming and full of character. But the square itself didn't strike me for any particular reason. Yes, nice to see people hanging around and enjoying playing piano or other instruments but there is really no reason to come here unless you are passing by to get somewhere else... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

The park is small so you can enjoy watching everything that is going on here - street musicians, students relaxing on the grass, tarot card reader, people sunbathing... great place to get the feeling of New York

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

It is a little different from other parks, with little grass but trees and flowers, and several statues and chess boards. New York University has its buildings in the area, and its students populate the park.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

Very relaxing. Get away from 5th avenue rush.. Sit and relax enjoy local students performing in the park. Can be busy but still much calmer than 5 & 6th avenue.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

It was right across my hotel, morning walks are awesome there. Lots of people walking early morning. It includes places for dogs to play too. You can always enjoy musicians in there at any time. A pianist will drag his piano a queue on Sundays and play. Street dance takes place there too. I witnessed a pillow fight in there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Washington Square Park is a nice park. You can just casually stroll through. The arch resembles Paris's. Many NYU buildings around it.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015 via mobile

I lived by this park for almost 12 years and I still can't get enough of it. They recently completed a three phase renovation and it shows. There are over 20,000 people buried underneath the park and that is my favorite part about it, but the fountain and arch are also glorious. It is the crown jewel of Greenwich Village.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

lovely place to visit, you can sit and watch lots of different people, street artists, tourists, New Yorkers. I was there in a cold and sunny Sunday and could have spent hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Love the park! Amazing pl i can seat be the fountain for hours and just enjoy looking @ all the beautiful diferent people in new york city. The park its always pack but nobody will bother u! Its so much to do around the park so many great restaurants, pizza places, bars, whatever u want or need!!! U can get... More 

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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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