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Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park, New York City, 2010
Washington Square Park is like a postage stamp of New York City. It is opened up by a grand arch that honors George Washington. Fifth Avenue rams into the park at once — and then voilà, you're in what New Yorkers call Greenwich Village. Nineteenth-Century row houses line the Fifth Avenue side while New York University's campus buildings line the opposite side. When I was a graduate student at the New School for Social Research I spent many hours in Bobst Library — it is the largest building to border the square. The square itself is filled with life — chess players, performers, homeless, and groups proclaiming a cause. Sometimes I imagine what it would be like if a subway line ran underground through the park and you could alight on a train from the fountain. And I do love the fountain. In the Summertime, you can step inside it, feel refreshed, take your shoes off and watch the zest of bodies, of allegria, of life.

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