Discovering Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park one of New York's most famous parks

If you are looking for a place in lower Manhattan to relax, Washington Square Park is the right place. This park is one of the most famous parks in New York. Located in Greenwich village, near New York University in the neighborhood, it's a relaxing but also cultural place. Pleasant and soothing, with its bohemian atmosphere, this park is a haven of peace.

Washington Memorial Arch

At the north entrance of Washington Square, in the axis of the Cinquième Avenue, was erected in 1889 a provisional triumphal arch in wood and stucco, intended to celebrate the centenary of the accession of George Washington to the first presidency of the United States. The architect Stanford White was responsible for consecrating this commemoration by the construction of a triumphal arch in marble, built in 1892, and inaugurated on April 30, 1895. Initially, the arch was made of wood and papier mâché then was rebuilt in marble and concrete. The result is superb, especially since a renovation was carried out in the early 2000s. Arriving from the North entrance, if the sky is not too overcast, you will see the tallest tower in New York in the distance. and from the United States, One World Trade Center. And if you turn around, you'll notice the Empire State Building in the distance.


  • The buildings that surround Washington Square all belong to theNew York University which welcomes more than forty thousand students. A picturesque population carries out various activities there: players ofchess, musicians, frisbee throwers, students, onlookers and tourists come together in a friendly and festive atmosphere.
  • Its musicians and street artists that you can watch and listen to for hours, especially when the weather is nice: piano players, saxophonists, singers, dancers, jugglers, theater companies, etc ... I even learned that great artists have performed there such as the folk music singer Joan Baez.
  • Its many benches To sit on. A significant point after several hours of walking in the city. If you're feeling peckish, there are many vendors selling hot dogs, ice cream, peanuts, etc.

Where is Washington Square Park located?

To get to this park, nothing could be simpler. You just need to take the metro ou is to get off at W 4 street station.

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