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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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A park not to be missed

If you want to find yourself in the middle of the hustle & bustle of New York City streets and still feel like you're in the middle of a quiet and peaceful place where you sit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

If you want to find yourself in the middle of the hustle & bustle of New York City streets and still feel like you're in the middle of a quiet and peaceful place where you sit back and realx to enjoy the Marble Arch, then go Barefoot in the Park, like Robert Redford. Washington Square Park is your place to... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Peaceful. Went twice and each time was a bit different. Restrooms in park are a nice stopping point when exploring the area and there is a small dark park next to it which is fun to watch. The arch is a photo op. It was under some repair when we were there so hard to get pics without heavy equipment... More 

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Newcastle, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

While there is a lot of people, it still feels very nice to walk through the park. There are many musicians and pigeons and squirrels. :)

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Richardson, Texas, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Guitar players, singers and yes... a grand piano player! Someone rolled a grand piano out to the park! I love NY. Sunny day and lots of NYU students enjoying the day.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This is the place with all the chess players you see EVERY TIME you watch a movie about NYC! So if you're a movie buff and you want to stand where a zillion people have stood and watched someone like a fake bobby fischer play... do it. It's a bit of a trip.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

the Arch is under some minor renovation work. great park located in Greenwich Village near NYU. Great place to enjoy your lunch on a warm day. Eating areas are fairly inexpensive since it caters to the college students.

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Lewisville, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This is a vibrant, someone small park with a fantastic Washington memorial arch near NYU. It is an excellent place and people (and dog) watch. Street performers of varying talent gather crowds as tourists and locals fill the lawns and benches. It is worth a visit if only just to see the Arch.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Wonderful little park in the West Village, plenty of little squirrels to giggle at and many places to sit and just watch the world go by. And of course there's the arch which we got plenty of pictures of very iconic. Glorious in the sunshine and plenty of eateries and bars nearby.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

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

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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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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