Washington Square Park
Located between University Place on the East, Waverly to the north,
MacDougal to the West, and 4th to the south. The park today is a far cry
from its original incarnation. Before it became a park, Washington Square
was Manhattan's Potter's Field. God knows if they removed the bodies when
the fashionable moved into the neighborhood. The supposed hanging tree
still stands on the west side of the park. Since then, the park has seen
many a thing from riots to the raising of the arch. It is now the domain of
NYU students who use it as an informal quad. On the weekends and in the
summer one can find a multitude of street performers and musicians plying
their trade or just hanging out and enjoying the day. One word of not:
don't buy drugs here. WSP has been known to be the land of the bust. And
since the park rangers have moved in, the drug trade has moved to the side
streets. Save your money: their trade isn't that good.
Commentary by Heather Babb, Monday, January 25, 1998.
|Illustration by Kurt Komoda|