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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Berti H
10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Going there during the day for a few photos could be okay but be aware that the area is a bit sketchy. We did not expect this, since there are a lot of positive reviews, but immediately after getting off the subway I had a bad feeling about it. We went to the arch to take a few pics and left as soon as possible because we didn’t feel safe. Massive amount of homeless people in the park. The whole area smelled awful. We didn’t even go inside the park as we saw from the outside that it’s a place we don’t want to go through. Next time we’ll make a more thorough research before visiting any place if the city. Quite a shame, I imagine it could be nice if they did something with all the sketchy people around there.
Written May 9, 2024
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soinic
Lux.2,452 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A great impressive arch (reminded me of the "Arc de Triomphe" in Paris 😉), also a nice fountain ....

We went there in the morning and were bystanders at a special "show" ! Plenty of NYU students had graduation "photo shootings" and were nicely dressed up for this happening 🌞, very cute.

Busy with plenty of tourists, but also local people enjoy this little green oasis.

A lot of benches, but many were dirty/bird poop .... the whole park smelled of weed, which is allowed to be smoked in NYC (I noticed that many tourists aren't aware of this policy and were kind of apprehensive/thought they were visiting a "dangerous drug dealers park" 🤣 ).

Don't miss this place 🤗
Written May 8, 2024
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Jack
Old Bethpage, NY2,239 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Beautiful as always. Washington Square Park is a great park to relax in, walk through, ride your bike through, or to just see the arch. I highly recommend.
Written March 15, 2024
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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 October 14, 2023
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A Midlife Adventure
Dursley, UK2,690 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 October 13, 2023
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The Trusty Trip Gal!
England, UK243 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 October 11, 2023
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China19,609 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 September 15, 2023
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kfsvc78
Springfield, IL115 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 August 14, 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,128 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 July 20, 2023
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ELKW
United States11,824 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 July 7, 2023
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