The Washington Square Park is known for many things, but above all else it is simply a great place for the public to enjoy the outdoors. Located in the neighborhood of Greenwich Village, the park has a history for being a cultural center of activity. Surrounded by New York University the park is a hot spot for students and tourists alike.
The most distinct and widely recognized features of the park are the arch and fountain. The arch was modeled after the famed Arc du Triomphe in Paris and is a popular meeting place amongst locals and tourists. Other features of the park include a dog run, playgrounds, open spaces, and the famous chess area. The outdoor chess tables are a favorite amongst locals where anyone can play or watch.
Over the years the site has been used as a burial ground, battleground, platform for public executions, parades, public demonstrations, rallies, and movements. Today you are likely to find street performers and musicians busking. In fact it’s even been featured in blockbuster films as a popular location for street musicians and was the backdrop for films including I Am Legend, When Harry Met Sally and more.
Guests of New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania are just a 30-minute walk from the historic park where you can enjoy a leisure stroll, the public bocce courts, game tables, and playgrounds!
For more information, visit www.nycgovparks.org/parks/washingtonsquarepark