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Washington Square Park

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Nestled in the heart of Greenwich Village (‘the Village,’ to New Yorkers), and marking the southern end of Fifth Avenue is Washington Square Park.  With its recognizable arch and and large central fountain, the park has a storied history, and has evolved since its first use a public burial ground to a vibrant community space that constantly hums with activity. Whether as a diversion or a destination in its own right, the park provides a perfect window to the microcosm that is New York life, along with a number of opportunities for play and exploration.

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Major restoration and renovation work on the park concluded not long ago and introduced a fantastic new play space to the park’s southwest corner. Undulating mounds covered in artificial turf are topped and crossed by a web-like climbing structure and a long stretch of monkey bars. Older children test their stamina swinging across the gully spanned by the monkey bars while toddlers climb over and under the web, and roll down the little hills. When we were last there even infants joined in the fun, delighting in crawling over the rolling turf. The park includes two other play spaces, including one scaled for toddlers.

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Beyond the playgrounds, we love watching dogs big and small race and play in the dog run and listening to the myriad of musicians who use the park as their own personal stage. On hot summer days the fountain becomes a giant wading pool, and I can’t wait for summer visits to splash and people watch, soaking up the beauty of this city.

Tip: Make sure to check out Washington Mews, a block north of the park. Now privately-owned by New York University, whose buildings ring all four sides of the park, the quaint cobblestone lane is lined by former carriage houses used by the owners of the gracious homes on the north side of the park. It makes for a lovely and quiet place to stroll in the middle of a busy neighborhood.


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October 19, 2016

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