Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park
4.5
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A 9.75-acre city park in Greenwich Village, characterized by its large, central fountain, and known as a major center of community activity for the neighborhood residents.
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Neighbourhood: Greenwich Village
Commonly known as “the Village” to New Yorkers, it was here in Greenwich Village that both 1960’s counter culture and the LGBT movement were born. Famous for its bohemian past, head to Washington Square Park to get a feel for this diverse and energetic neighbourhood. You’ll find NYU students, street performers, skateboarders, kids frolicking in the fountain, and locals relaxing and playing chess. Stroll the streets to discover a mix of majestic town homes and hidden bars and restaurants that give this neighbourhood an old-school residential feel. When the sun goes down, check out one of the famous jazz or comedy clubs that still packs them in every night.
How to get there
  • West 4th St – Washington Square • 4 min walk
  • 8th St – NYU • 6 min walk
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Karine R
Gaithersburg, MD5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
I enjoyed the park. It's pretty, but I enjoyed the people who make going there an interesting group.
Written 14 October 2023
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A Midlife Adventure
Dursley, UK1,342 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We finished our walking tour here on a Saturday lunchtime. The park was crowded with people which I guess is to be expected when the sun is out at the weekend but it just doesn’t have the pleasant vibe of parks in Central London.
It’s dirty, the benches are partly taken up with people openly smoking cannabis, there’s litter everywhere which entices rats n pigeons, just not appealing.
Written 13 October 2023
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The Trusty Trip Gal!
England, UK129 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We was having a late walk around this area and took a walk through the park to have a look at the arch.

It’s quite a pleasant walk, there were plenty of people around at night. The arch is bright and nice to see.

I would never sit down in this park. I couldn’t believe how many rats I saw just in that one place! Coming out of bins, crawling through the bushes and under the benches. I was cringing seeing people sat on the benches with a rat less that a foot away from their feet!

The arch is pretty to see but I wouldn’t stay in the park for long.
Written 11 October 2023
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China14,458 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Washington Square Park is the heart of Greenwich Village, a lively, progressive neighborhood in downtown Manhattan. While most visitors go for the iconic arch, the park itself is quite sketchy with a de facto marijuana row at the western side. Some homeless and drug addicts can be hostile and provocative to tourists.
Written 15 September 2023
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kfsvc78
Springfield, IL113 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Park is well balance. Playground, the square arch monument , fountain, chess area it another place to see in New York while you are in town. Visit during the day there a quite amount of sketchy people 😬
Written 14 August 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,754 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
I always enjoy this park as it is so lively, a nice sample of New York life with music, activity, people hanging out. And it is located in the middle of one of the most interesting and exciting parts of town. With the iconic arch.
Written 20 July 2023
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ELKW
United States11,866 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
there is Washington arch at the entrance, it may be the most attraction point in this park, there is also a playground and a fountain
Written 7 July 2023
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Nico Samneil Sy Salado
Newport, VT700 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Iconic from the movie “I am legend” by will smith. Symbolic arch by history. There needs to be a patrol guy that keeps the vandalisers away from messing the area. It is a instagrammable worthy place.
Written 4 June 2023
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Jessica S
Canada242 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Business
Not a great experience. Sparsely vegetated and absolutely packed. Lots of garbage. Shouting and some violence. The arch is beautiful.
Written 20 May 2023
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matelajolla
La Jolla167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
We love Washington Square Park. It is where NYU spills out into the city. Super for people watching.
Written 15 May 2023
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