NEW YORK CITY | Washington Square Park is a large park in New York’s Greenwich Village neighbourhood and one of the city’s most popular and recognisable. Today the park is mostly surrounded by buildings that form part of the NYU campus, but in the past it was surrounded by houses used by students and artists. Even earlier, the area was home to a marsh, a cemetery, then a parade ground.
Today Washington Square Park is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, who play sport, walk their dogs, or simply relax in the park. There are even built-in chess tables which attract crowds of spectators when games are being played by talented locals.
The park is home to several monuments, the most famous being the 23 metre tall Washington Square Arch, which was built in 1892 and modeled on Paris’ Arc de Triomphe. It replaced a wooden arch built three years prior to commemorate the centennial of George Washington’s inauguration as president of the United States. Next to it is a large fountain built in 1872, which visitors can wade through.
Washington Square Park
New York 10012
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