Washington Square Park: Back and Beautiful and Strange and Everything Else In Between

After months and months of construction, the paved circle and fountain in New York City’s Washington Square Park is finally ready for the public to enjoy. Monday saw passers by and park regulars hanging out, taking in the evening’s last hour of sunshine, and mixing in a way that is all New York.

Musicians scanned the crowd for their muses — serenaded seniors, German tourists, homeless, Wall Street warriors and children with dripping ice cream cones. Each corner of the park had a style. The north side, here, rang with the sounds of the Beach Boys and Crosby, Stills and Nash.  Seven men in raggedy clothes gathered together in the western side of the park and seemingly sang whenever they felt like it.  One minute it was the Four Tops and the next one man was accusing the other of stealing something.  To the east a man with hair long enough to cover his guitar used each finger to pluck the notes of classical and Spanish arias.  I’m not sure if there is such a thing as Spanish arias, but strict descriptions are a miss in a park so eclectic. Everything could be anything.

Musicians in Washington Square Park

Musicians in Washington Square Park

Not exactly the Arc de Triomphe, but still, “Pretty f#!%ing good” to any New Yorker, the Washington Square Park Arch frames this view of Fifth Avenue and the Empire State Building all the way at 34th Street.

Empire State Building Seen Through Washington Square Arch

Empire State Building Seen Through Washington Square Arch

Then there’s the water fountain itself.  As you approach the park from any direction you are drawn instantly to the fountain, reflecting the sun in a thousand different directions, adding constant and repetitive motion to a park and a city where nothing is ever constant…

Admiring the Fountain

Admiring the Fountain

A vendor shares images of the park in times passed. The shots give an added dimension to the goings on of today and the ideas and fashions in the park that will be the focus of tomorrow.

Art Vendor in the Park

Art Vendor in the Park

The park is not for human enjoyment alone. Dog walkers of every kind with dogs of every kind pass through the park.  They walk around the fountain, sniff the other dogs (the dogs, not the owners), and spark chit chat and dates and possible relationships (for owners as well as dogs).

Washington Square Park Dog Walker

Washington Square Park Dog Walker

And thus concludes a sunny Monday in the park.

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