On a recent fall afternoon, we decided to take a stroll through Washington Square Park. It’s one of New York’s best known public parks, in part because of its very recognizable giant “Arch,” but also because it is surrounded by New York University. With street performers, local artists and elderly gentlemen strumming on guitars, it reminded me of a European piazza. It’s a great open area for people to gather or to just sit and enjoy the weather. While I wouldn’t deem it a “must-visit” if you are only in town for a weekend, I would definitely say it’s a “go-if-you-are-in-the-area” type of destination. Or if you are simply trying to walk off brunch.
NYC Department of Parks and Recreation gives Washington Square’s cross-streets as: 5 Ave, Waverly Pl., W. 4 St. and Macdougal St. We found it easily by walking east from the West Village and heading down 5th Ave, which leads you directly into the park. But you may just want to HopStop it.
See You in the City!
The Washington Arch is on the northern edge of the park, but there is really no way you can miss it. It’s huge! On both the right and left columns of the Arch, you will see rather impressive statues of George Washington, for whom the park is named.
Yep, that’s the Empire State building in the distance!