Written by: Alex Gold
Whether it’s watching two chess masters battle or simply taking in the fine scenery of downtown Manhattan, Washington Square Park has something for everyone.
The park’s famous for its monument, an arch 77 feet high, which was built in 1892 to commemorate 100 years since our first president’s inauguration. While the structure in George’s namesake may be why tourists flock to Washington Square, there are many other features worth noting.
At the center of the park there is a large fountain where many people meet up for lunch. They’re usually accompanied by white paper plates from Joe’s Pizza, a Zagat-rated joint where park goers frequent for brick oven thin slices.
Additionally, the park contains children’s play areas, trees and gardens, paths to stroll on, a chess and scrabble playing area, benches, picnic tables, dedicatory statues and two dog runs.
Boredom is a near impossibility at Washington Square Park with street performers of all shapes and sizes to boot.