Washington Square Park, New York City

Washington Square Park is a 9.75acre public park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, New York City. One of the best known of New York City's 1,900 public parks, it is a landmark as well as a meeting place and center for cultural activity. It is operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
The park is an open space, dominated by the Washington Square Arch at the northern gateway to the park, with a tradition of celebrating nonconformity. The park's fountain area has long been one of the city's popular spots for residents and tourists. Most of the buildings surrounding the park now belong to New York University, but many have at one time served as homes and studios for artists. Some of the buildings have been built by NYU while others have been converted from their former uses into academic and residential buildings.
Located at the foot of Fifth Avenue, the park is bordered by Washington Square North (Waverly Place east and west of the park), Washington Square East (University Place north of the park), Washington Square South (West 4th Street east and west of the park), and Washington Square West (MacDougal Street north and south of the park).
While the park contains many flower beds and trees, little of the park is used for plantings due to the paving. The two prominent features are the Washington Square Arch and a large fountain. It includes children's play areas, trees and gardens, paths to stroll on, a chess and scrabble playing area, park benches, picnic tables, commemorative statuary and two dog runs.
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  • Washington Square Park is located at the south end of 5th Ave and in Greenwich Village. On a nice spring day it's a fun place to visit. Even if you're just going to hang out and people watch.  more »
  • Nice and crowded park located in the neighborhood of Greenwich Village, with a beautiful arch and fountain, right in the square are some universities, so it is a busy and lively area, starting point to visit the neighborhood and get lost by its streets Has a spectacular view of the One World Trade Centre Building
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  • Perfect for sunny days! I went here by myself and i enjoyed people watching. There were musicians, artists, dancers, bubble makers and cute dogs. There's a lawn where you can have a picnic and read. I'd bring my nieces here to play with the bubbles.
  • We loved this park. We visited it twice in our 5 days NYC trip. In both time, there was a living environment. There are always street musicians who make great music. Take your food with you, sit on a bench and enjoy the atmosphere.

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