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Washington Square Park

West 4th Street, Greenwich Village, New York City, NY 10001
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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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  • Very good38%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“chess players” (63 reviews)
“nyu students” (52 reviews)
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West 4th Street, Greenwich Village, New York City, NY 10001
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Reviewed yesterday

This is simply a lovely place to watch people and rest before starting out on more fun things to do in NYC!

Thank msc196
Reviewed yesterday

It's difficult for me to describe why I find this city park so alluring that it warrants repeated visits by Jamie W. and me every time we travel to New York City. There is something simply magical about this place even with the waft of...More

Thank Ed_Uyeshima
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a great park. At night it's really busy with all ages playing instruments, games or just hanging out. All lit up with a fountain that the kids were splashing in and lots of seats it had a real buzz!

Thank D P
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went there after a very long walk from Wall Street and along half Brooklyn Bridge. We were tired but very happy, so we decided to celebrate the moment having some hot dogs there sitting on a bench in the square. It was full with...More

Thank Artfran
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a beautiful park in Greenwich Village and home to the now marble arch monument of George Washington. On the north side of the arch facing 5th Avenue is Washington as Commander-in-Chief accompanied by Fame and Valor and on the west side is Washington...More

Thank atlfoodie2016
Reviewed 6 days ago

Ever since playing the "Blackwell Games" I have been wanting to visit this park, as it is so prominently featured in one of the first games. I loved the park, the atmosphere, the jazz and country bands playing, people playing chess and the interesting people...More

Thank MikSarSus
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't quite understand the hype. Maybe because we arrived after dark. The arch is nice but that's about it. This was a Saturday night and there was not much happening. Comparing to squares we've experienced in Mexico or Europe, this is very average. The street...More

Thank Ameed A
Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved just sitting here and observing the people on a sunny day. The Park had a "campus" feeling with lots of students, but also chess players and a jazz band was present.

Thank RR_Denmark
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on a Sunday and it was great fun The jazz band, people playing chess, the kids enjoying the bubble guns Lovely open green space in the heart of Greenwich Village, a place to watch the world go by.

Thank sarahnw
Reviewed 1 week ago

a very relaxing and social place in a great NY neighbourhood. Went on a summer's day which helped with the vibe of the place.

Thank Jonathan Y
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.
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Hi. I've read there are a lot of people with dogs and I haven't seen dogs wearing muzzles in the pictures... Please, tell me if it's true and if the park is dangerous that way? Thank you.
June 20, 2017|
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Response from Andrew J | Reviewed this property |
There are lots of dogs, there's even a fenced in section of the park for taking dogs off their leashes. I've never seen a dog wearing a muzzle, or seen any situation where a dog looked threatening.
Hi - just wondering if there were opening/closing times where access was restricted ot the park, per the "The Big Apple Guide" on the TA travel guide sections, it states 9am-9pm for Washington Square park? Or is it an all hours park? Given it is open air, and therefore no theoretical lines would any day be advisable to go? Or is there particular days where it is nicer to enjoy the park and/or other special aspects, people watching etc? Will be a first time visit to NYC! :)
February 24, 2015|
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Response from Gary W | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about the opening hours either, but as far as when to go, I would have thought weekends would be best. We were there on a Sunday in November and there was plenty of activity between buskers and people milling about... More