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Washington Square Park, New York City

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#4 of 39 in Parks in 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. Use our New York City trip itinerary builder to visit Washington Square Park on your trip to New York City, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • People picnic-ing, lying in the Sun, nice jazz band, party atmosphere in a cool green space on a hot day. This was a no-go area 10 years ago with lots of drug addicts and hobos. Not any more it seems.  more »
  • The Saturday morning started with Union Square and from there continue on to Washington Square. Linda plaza, with a large fountain, enough shadow, small tables with people playing chess. It was Saturday morning so there were families with children enjoying the Sun and good weather. From there the new building of the world trade center you can see clearly. The whole area is easy to be traveled on foot. We continue walking to Soho, and from there a little more and come to China Town and Little Italy... and that wasn't all that walked that day... I found access to the Manhattan Bridge and force them to cross it! my smallest son was made a fury! Already on the other side the bridge cost us find a subway station, until we finally found one and went back to our hotel
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  • Its now a beautiful park in the city. Back in the 90's they were smoking pot all over it and dealing. No more. Musicians, artists, chess players and nature lovers. Plenty of benches! I love this part ...  more »

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