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“Great Place for People Watching”

Washington Square Park
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Small-Group New York City Ghost Tour of Greenwich Village
Ranked #49 of 1,151 things to do in New York City
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

There is always a lot going on at this park and a lot of very interesting and unique people. There is always a variety of activities to watch- From the guy who always plays his baby grand piano (he stores it in a moving truck) to some kind of organized protest. I always feel safe here. Much, much smaller than Central Park so it's pretty easy to navigate.

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Reviewed October 13, 2013

It has a bleak history. Because of a yellow fever epidemic, there are between 10,000-22,000 bodies beneath this area. Then in early 1800s this was used as a public execution by hanging people.
Now it’s a playground for kids, dogs have a designated area to run around, people sitting on benches having a bite to eat, and tourists like me take photos.
Washington Memorial Arch was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of George Washington’s presidential inauguration. It also is the start (or one could say the end) of 5th Avenue.
It was a pleasant walk on a hot day at the tail end of August. The flowers were still colourful. I stood near the fountain trying to catch a few sprays of the water to cool off.

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Reviewed October 10, 2013

I liked the musicians that performed and its proximity to the subway, little food places and the waterfront.

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Reviewed October 9, 2013

When you're in Greenwich Village/NYU area make sure to stop by Washington Square park. Beautiful monument (mini arc du Triumph) plus fountain and green space with lots of benches and people watching. A short walk away is a place called Murray's Bagels which is also a must stop and also a good place to stop and grab a bagel to eat while you;re in the park!
We also heard a tonne of great, live Jazz while we were in the park. I don;t know how usual that is but we sure enjoyed a few bands and solo artists while we sat and ate.

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Reviewed September 28, 2013

Of the parks around New York, I think I like Washington Square park the best! There's something happening at every corner you turn. From stunts groups to street bands, to even the pigeon man.
It's a place to just chill out and see a host of different forms of entertainment all in one place. And I think, it's a good 'New York experience'-- so do check it out if you have the time.

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