What’s In Bloom At Washington Square Park?
After a few days of what felt like endless rain in Manhattan, it seems spring has finally sprung here in Washington Square Park! And while we wish it were sunny all the time, these April showers brought along some of the most beautiful flowers in the Park. The cherry blossoms are in peak bloom and […]
WSP Arts Grants Application Open Now
Applications are now being accepted for the Washington Square Park Conservancy’s Arts Grant Program. Now in its second year, the program provides financial assistance to local arts groups that provide free cultural offerings in Washington Square Park and was developed to help support community organizations and local arts groups who have built a strong relationship […]
Jane Jacobs and the fight for Washington Square Park
This International Women’s Day, we’re focusing a little closer to home and exploring how the hard work of a group of Greenwich Village women kept a highway out of Washington Square Park. In the 1940’s, NYC Parks Commissioner and infamous “master builder,” Robert Moses, made a series of plans for highways to cut right through […]
A Shift in the Village
On March 5th, 1818, a 19-year-old black woman named Rose Butler was arrested for arson in NYC. Butler was working as a domestic slave for the Morris family, who lived on Washington Square, when she attempted to burn the Morris house down with the family inside. No one was harmed, except for three stair steps in […]
A Monument in the Making
Could you imagine our beloved arch any other way? Frederick MacMonnies sure did! The Beaux-art sculptor created designs in 1890 for the two sculptures of Washington on the arch, called “Washington as Commander-in-Chief” and “Washington as President.” The background figures in MacMonnies designs are much more detailed and three-dimensional than the designs we see today. […]
Revolutionaries in our Streets!
Do you ever get flustered trying to navigate through the village because of all the different, non-numerical street names? Well, street names are prime real estate for honoring and remembering historical people, places and things, and are a great way to bring history into our everyday lives! For Washington’s birthday, (our park’s namesake!) we are […]
Take a look at Washington Square’s Black History
Land Grants In 1643, North of the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, a group of “half-freed” black militia members and elders such as Domingo Anthony, Manuel Trumpeter and Catalina Anthony, received land grants to build and maintain farms in the areas containing and surrounding Washington Square Park. They had to pay annual fees for the land, and […]
Park busker to Grammy winner! Celebrating Ramblin’ Jack Elliot
To celebrate the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, we are taking a look at Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, famous folk musician, frequent busker in Washington Square Park, and two-time Grammy winner for Best Traditional Folk Album in 1995 and Best Traditional Blues Album in 2010! Ramblin’ Jack Elliott was born in Brooklyn in 1931. Elliott craved the country […]
Apply to become a Washington Square Park Docent!
Love Washington Square Park? Looking for a unique volunteer opportunity? The Washington Square Park Conservancy (WSPC) is accepting new volunteers into its Greeter-Guide Program, a volunteer experience in which you will interact with Park users, helping them learn about the exciting horticulture, history, events, and culture that the Park has to offer. From our resident […]
100 Years of a Free and Independent Republic of Greenwich Village
On January 23, 1917, a group of Village Bohemians stole to the top of the Washington Square Arch, hung lanterns and balloons, had a picnic, talked about the issues of the day and declared Greenwich Village a “Free and Independent Greenwich Village.” Today we celebrate the 100th anniversary of this event. Poet Gertrude Drick, painters […]