Washington Square Park, New York City

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You may recognize the famous Washington Square Arch from several movies and TV shows when you visit Washington Square Park. One of New York City's many recognizable landmarks, the park attracts locals as well as visitors. It has long been a gathering place for people of all stripes. Local artists frequently come here to show off their talents. Consider joining or watching a game of chess at one of the built-in tables, once frequented by Stanley Kubrick and Bobby Fischer. With designated play areas and a security camera system, the park is a fun and safe place. Arrange your visit to Washington Square Park and discover more family-friendly attractions in New York City using our New York City planning tool .
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  • Perhaps the most beautiful park of NYC, apart from the Central obviously, whose centre is dominated by the imposing Arc de Triomphe. All the surrounding buildings belong to NY University. A curiosity: there is a monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi, opened after only six years after the death of the hero of two worlds, which was ordered by such a Carlo Barsotti who picked up the funds to erect the statue among the Italian community. The Park is an excellent starting point to visit the beautiful neighborhood of Greenwich Village.
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  • Lovely quiet park to wander around away from the busy city. It was a very cold day and there were not many people around but there were many squirrely looking for something tasty to eat!  more »
  • We visited in December 2017 when artist/activist Ai Wei Wei had his installation art connected to his exhibition “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” all over the city. At Washington Square Arch, there w...  more »

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