Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, The Village of NYC, a New York City park

the arch of Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City
The Arch of Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City

Photos of Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village of Manhattan, New York City


During my visit to New York at the end of April, my walk around Washington Square was by far the most magically New Yorkish time I had. The weather was absolutely perfect. So many people were out and enjoying the day. And I saw people, a significant amount of people, reading REAL LIFE BOOKS while sitting in the park. Some were even library books. Amazing! Before you see the rest of the pictures though, a little mood music:


Because, of course Tori Amos's "Garlands," a b-side from the Beekeeper album, was running through my head the whole time I walked around. "...Will you meet me to go, to go, to go? Washington Square I'm racing there to get you at Noon...."

The Arch at Washington Square was modeled after the Arch de Triomphe in Paris;  Freedom Tower in the Background
The Arch at Washington Square was modeled after the Arch de Triomphe in Paris;
Freedom Tower in the Background
As I walked around, seeing all the people be contented to be in the sunshine on a clear, sunny day, I was so happy! It was very calming, because I was anxious (in a good way) about doing my poetry reading at the Zinc Bar, which was occurring right after my trip to the park.

  An Art Installation Henge Type Thing in Washington Square Park in late April with small wooden geometric shaped blocks and bird-bath like stand shrouded in light gold color sheer cloth
An Art Installation Henge Type Thing in Washington Square Park in late April

I was dressed in purple and leopard print -- my two power colors/prints. And let me tell you, they definitely worked. Because right there, in Washington Square Park of the ultra hip Greenwich Village, I was stopped THREE times by a man, a woman, and kind of an intersex gender fluid poet-for-hire type who said they were traveling around the country with the type writer, writing poems for money -- anyway, all those people stopped me to say I looked great or they liked me outfit. And a couple other people smiled or nodded with approval as I walked about. [Insert "Heyyyy" Girl Emoji Here 7 times]

  Freedom Tower of Lower Manhattan, view from Washington Square Park in the Village,  with perfect sunbeam! And a contented crowd or park-goers.
Freedom Tower of Lower Manhattan, view from Washington Square Park in the Village,
with perfect sunbeam! And a contented crowd or park-goers.

Still, my favorite thing was how many book readers there were. I saw someone reading Shakespeare plays. Someone reading a library book. And a couple paperbacks.

Street Performers Doing Acrobatics and Breakdancing  on a sunny Sunday in Washington Square Park in late April 2016
Street Performers Doing Acrobatics and Breakdancing
on a sunny Sunday in Washington Square Park in late April 2016 
These guys were fun. They did acrobatics and dancing and percussion. There were about a half dozen of them. 
A hawk flies over Manhattan's Washington Square Park, while the sun beams down over The Village in mid-Spring
A hawk flies over Manhattan's Washington Square Park, while the sun beams down over The Village in mid-Spring
Seriously, a hawk. In Man-fricken-hattan. Go figure. I told you it was a special moment there!

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