No matter what time of the year it is, my favorite place to relax and people/dog-watch in New York City is Washington Square Park. Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, this park is special because of its fascinating history and unique vibrancy.
During the Dutch and early English Colonial periods, much of Greenwich Village, including Washington Square Park, was farmland. At the end of the 18th century, Washington Square Park became a burial ground. To this day, an estimated 20,000 bodies are buried under the soil of Washington Square Park. Despite its morbid history, this park is a fantastic respite in the bustle of Greenwich Village which has long been associated with counterculture and avant-garde masterminds. That spirit lives in the park to this day. You’ll always find musicians and performers working their magic on the locals here as they relax among the grassy knolls. And don’t be too surprised if a peaceful protest or political gathering is going on during your time at Washington Square Park.
But that’s the beauty of Washington Square Park. It’s a place where artists, NYU students, chess experts, and the rest of New York City comes together to celebrate the amazing independent spirit of this amazing city. And you’ll find this energy all day long; whether you stop by in the morning or after dinner at one of the nearby Greenwich Village eateries, you’ll always find the magic of New York City vibrating through this legendary New York City park.