NYC Neighborhoods: Spotlight on Washington Square Park


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You may be familiar with Washington Square Park from the famous scene in When Harry Met Sally – a snapshot of the two main characters underneath the ever-famous Washington Square Arch. Or you may know about the Park because it’s in the heart of picturesque New York University. It’s no doubt that this 10 acre landmark is one of the best-known parks in the city. Here’s what you need to know about NYC’s Washington Square Park:

In a Nutshell

Named after President George Washington, you can find Washington Square Park in the middle of Manhattan’s charming Greenwich Village. It’s a central place for outdoor recreation, cultural activity, and enough greenery for city dwellers to enjoy on any given day (don’t hold us to this if there’s a NYC blizzard). The park features the Arch, a large fountain, children’s play areas, paths to stroll on, a chess area, park benches, two dog runs and much more.

Things to Do near Washington Square, NYC

In addition to all of the park’s features, Washington Square hosts an array of performance events from the city and around the globe that are perfect to enjoy alone, with a friend, or with your family. Looking for things to do near Washington Square? The park offers free health and wellness classes during the summertime that are open to the public, including Tai Chi, yoga, and dance (a perfect excuse to start up a new hobby). Other activities include an annual pillow fight in celebration of International Pillow Fight Day and an open-air reading room/library to pick up some great reads.

Explore Other NYC Neighborhoods

Discover on our blog what NYC neighborhoods have to offer, whether you are looking for things to do and see in Brooklyn or for new brunch ideas in Manhattan.

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