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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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Nice to run through in the morning.

I'm a morning runner and have experienced unpleasant parks in cities due to boisterous homeless patrons. This park had disengaged homeless when I ran through so I had no issues... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

I'm a morning runner and have experienced unpleasant parks in cities due to boisterous homeless patrons. This park had disengaged homeless when I ran through so I had no issues. It's a beautiful little piece of green space in Manhattan.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We had to wait for a couple hours to meet up with someone at the park. A very hot Monday afternoon with very tired little kids, I had really dreaded it. We had such a nice afternoon/evening. We got cool drinks, watched several sidewalk performers (puppets and a fairly scary clown mime), and listed to an african style drum band... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

At the southern end of 5th avenue you Will find this oasis of freedom and curiosity of life. It is surrounded by The NYU University' s various buildings and departments. In The weekends The park area is The scene of many different kinds. A grand piano rolled across from The Music dept. by a senior student who entertainer with classical... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Heart of Greenwich Village and NYU. Always has interesting thing going on, great for people watching.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

It is a great park, not too big and not too small. It has the famous arch, built in tables and benches, a beautiful water fountain, and a small dog park. It is close to Soho, so when you are done shopping, come and a have a break at Washington square park!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We visited the park as part of our self guided tour of Greenwich village so we could take pictures in front of the iconic arch. There are certainly some interesting characters in the park, especially those playing chess. My wife refused several requests for her to play! There were many people relaxing near & cooling off in the fountains.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Love the people watching. Can sit here for hours. Musicians everywhere and generally some entertainment - capoeira, etc.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Great place to hang out and relax, watch the people, dip your feet in the fountain on a hot day, play chess and generally just absorb the wonder of NYC!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I was in town visiting a friend who lives in NYC. I had never been and we spent the day walking about with no particular place in order, just walking here and there. Just as the sun was setting we end up walking into the Park. We sat on the benches and talked for an hour. We watched people, students,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We were getting a whirlwind tour of just a couple of areas of the city (from a family member) and this was one of the stops because they said it was good for "people watching." I learned that was codespeak for "there are a lot of loony folk, or at least very different, in this park." There was the person... More 

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Additional Information about Washington Square Park

Address: West 4th Street, Greenwich Village, New York City, NY 10001
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Greenwich Village
Open Hours:
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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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