NYC Parks

Washington Square Park

W 4th St (btwn MacDougal St & University Pl), New York, NY 10012, United States
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  • The New Yorker

    Home to a free summer music festival since 1953, where music “usually heard in the sanctity (some might say imprisonment) of small concert halls” mixes with the elements, as described in 1987. Read more

    The New Yorker · August 25, 2010
  • The New York Daily News

    PHOTO: In 1966 beat poet Allen Ginsberg read from his work to a huge crowd in the park. Click "More Info" to see the pic, then find the tree and have your own reading! Read more

    The New York Daily News · October 26, 2010
  • Paul L.

    If you're lucky and he's there when you are, you'll be able to listen to a guy in the middle of the park playing a grand piano that he wheeled in to busk with!

    Paul Lomax · May 31, 2010
  • 30 Minutes Or Less

    The bros in the park are chill, unless you beat them at a chess match. #DontBlowIt

    30 Minutes Or Less · July 1, 2011
  • Kim P.

    Avoid the sketchy man offering you crack cocaine.

    Kim Pham · September 1, 2010
  • New York Habitat

    A beautiful park and a must see for any visitor. It's perfect when you just want to sit on a bench and read a book or do some people watching. On nice days you can find all sorts of live music too.

    New York Habitat · November 28, 2011
  • The Corcoran Group

    One of the most iconic parks in NYC and one of it’s most notorious. Currently going through a massive renovation, but that hasn’t kept the people away!

    The Corcoran Group · January 6, 2012
  • HBO

    Girls happened here. Marnie, Shoshanna, and Ray discussed Jessa's flakiness and Shosh ran into a "vintage" rollerblading classmate.

    HBO · February 27, 2013
  • Anthony D.

    If you say his name three times, Allen Ginsberg appears.

    Anthony De Rosa · May 27, 2011
  • Crain's New York Business

    The 'anti-Abercrombie' of retailing coming to NYCA SoHo outpost of the Touring Company will open in September; less emphasis on six-packs, more on its collection of indie brands from around the glob Read more

    Crain's New York Business · August 17, 2010
  • Keith M.

    Catch a cool mist off the fountain on a hot day.

    Keith McKenzie · May 22, 2010
  • Bergdorf Goodman

    It's a BG New York City Secret! Designer Isaac Mizrahi loves walking his dog, Harry, here. Read more

    Bergdorf Goodman · March 21, 2011
  • NYU

    At one point or another throughout your time at New York University, you have likely taken a walk through Washington Square Park. Make sure to stop by at least one more time before you graduate!

    NYU · May 1, 2013
  • lauren l.

    come early in the morning. it's magically calm and almost tranquil as if you were not even in NY at all

    lauren levitt · August 26, 2009
  • Megan B.

    The George Washing Arc in Washington Square Park was breathtaking. Truly a Manhattan must-see stop! Read more

    Megan Bender · June 15, 2010
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle

    Farmland for Dutch colonists, a cemetery by the 1810s, a posh precinct when the arch arrived in 1889, and a counterculture hangout in the ‘60s, it’s now NYU’s hub. - Green Guide Editor

    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle · February 19, 2013
  • RoelandP

    ℹ Look around and be overwhelmed by Washington Square Park and New York in the travel guide "Rock & Roll Tour Manhattan" with Tales & Tours for your smartphone (offline maps too) Read more

    RoelandP · October 28, 2014
  • Emanuel H.

    Nyu may not have a campus, but we have wsp. All's good.

    Emanuel Hahn · April 1, 2013
  • Sonar ..

    NYC parks are one of the best places to meet people. Go ahead, strike up a conversation and give serendipity a nudge. Read more

    Sonar .me · July 19, 2011
  • The Most Interesting Man in the World

    I don’t normally feed the pigeons but the last time I was here I fed them a tale of my city dwelling condor, Eli. Needless to say they ate it up.

  • @tdavidson

    I once saw a woman chalk a note to the famous pigeon man on the ground where he always sits. The note said "Dear sir ... I think you're lovely."

    @tdavidson · August 26, 2011
  • GarikTravels

    If you're a visitor, take a picture of that arch. It's a famous arch. It stars in so many movies.

    GarikTravels · March 25, 2011
  • Joe M.

    Come out and see sand paintings by arch on Saturdays. Occasional wednesday or Fridays as well

    Joe Mangrum · November 6, 2010
  • Nina M.

    Lovely for after-work quick dates. Sit in the park during warm months and enjoy the waterfall. Brick oven pizza/restaurant right down the block and Rare restaurant too.

    Nina M · April 23, 2010
  • "Jack" Barton L.

    Look out for "Crazy Piano Guy" Colin Huggins. His piano ain't a public one though, be aware! It's his own and he lugs it every day from a storage unit. Dedication. Talented guy.

    "Jack" Barton Lewis · February 14, 2013

    Awesome park and celebrity magnet!

    OMGICU · May 7, 2011
  • Penny H.

    Stop by the Wine & Liquor store on Broadway and Astor and pick up quarter bottles of wine for 1.99/bottle. Mix with diet coke for a sweet little midweek lunch break.

    Penny Hardman · April 16, 2010
  • Jim M.

    Washington Square is and always will be the epicenter of the most dynamic area of Manhattan.

    Jim Malone · July 28, 2009
  • Andrew H.

    The four corners: northeast families, northwest drugs, soutwest dogs, southeast college kids. And the all come together in a big, never-ending drum circle in the middle.

    Andrew Hogue · June 11, 2014
  • Benjamin B.

    The Park's fountain area has long been one of the city's popular spots for residents and tourists.

    Benjamin Ben · April 30, 2013
  • HashtagNYU

    Come out during the summer and take a nice swim in the fountain! Take a shower afterwards though. That water doesn't look too great.

    HashtagNYU · November 16, 2012
  • B&H Photo Video

    There's always something amazing & cool happening. From street performers, to musicians, to mini-festivals; you’ll find something worth photographing here.

    B&H Photo Video · January 4, 2012
  • Hector A.

    One of the best spots in NYC. The vibe here is unlike anywhere else. The arch is a wonder to behold, especially when it is lit up at night.

    Hector Arias · August 30, 2010
  • Betsy K.

    Go to Washington Square Park today and enjoy the surroundings. The sun is warm and because it's a holiday, the mood is serene. Great for dogs, too!

    Betsy Kent · September 28, 2009
  • Bing

    Check (mate) this spot out. It’s one of the most famous places to play chess in the city!

    Bing · August 8, 2012
  • Luna Park Coney Island

    That fountain sure can't cool you off as much as a dip in the Atlantic will! Check out Coney Island for your summer staycation!

    Luna Park Coney Island · June 1, 2012
  • US National Archives

    Striped bell bottoms may have disappeared, but playgrounds remain in Washington Square Park. Read more

    US National Archives · September 1, 2011
  • Olivia

    Watch out for the angry midget who yells at NYU students crossing the street!

    Olivia · March 2, 2011
  • JP B.

    Shade to go (W3rd & Sullivan) + Wash Sq. Park + Warm breeze == Perfect afternoon... PERFECT I TELL YOU!!!

    JP Benini · April 30, 2010
  • Blair C.

    The park is beautiful at night when the fountain is lighted. Take a picnic dinner and enjoy!

    Blair Coffman · March 25, 2010
  • NYU

    Proud to be NYU - get your pep on as the Pep Band will perform at Washington Square Park as part of Grad Alley on May 21st!

    NYU · April 30, 2013

    This is one of the best people-watching spots in the city. We spend afternoons watching kids splash in the fountain, offbeat performers do their tricks, and chess players duke it out at the tables. Read more · May 2, 2012
  • Terrence

    cool spot for people watching

    Terrence · March 19, 2012
  • Kate P.

    One of the best places to people watch in the city.

    Kate P · January 4, 2012
  • ʞC

    - people watching is my favorite hobby.

    ʞC · July 14, 2011
  • Nicole H.

    Construction on east side is finally done! Now you can people watch in the sun or shade :)

    Nicole Hering · June 6, 2011
  • Julian N.

    Sit and rest by the fountain. If you're daring, take your shoes off and jump INTO the fountain.

    Julian Nam · November 5, 2010
  • Jeremy L.

    pour chillaxer un peu :)

    Jeremy Le Van · October 5, 2011
  • Nurdan H.

    En sevdiğim parklardan biridir ..

    Nurdan Hüdaverdi Ateş · July 19, 2013
  • Mario 4.

    C'è una statua di Giuseppe Garibaldi, detto l'eroe dei due mondi. Abraham Lincoln offrì a Garibaldi la guida nell'esercito dell' Unione all'inizio della guerra di secessione americana, ma lui rifiutò.

    Mario 4sq · October 23, 2010