Tag: Washington Square Association

3000 Beatniks and the Right to Free Speech

There is an absurdity in the photos and video which depict the event now known as “The Beatnik Riots” in Washington Square Park on April 9, 1961. At face value, the key characters in this drama are earnest, clean-shaven, bespectacled, …

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An 89-Year Tradition Continues in Washington Square Park

Last week, all eyes were on Rockefeller Center for the lighting of that famous Christmas tree. But did you know that the tree lighting in Washington Square Park was a tradition that dates back much earlier? The tree in Washington …

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This July, Music fills Washington Square Park

Last night, the 55th Washington Square Music Festival held its first of four free concerts in Washington Square Park. The music festival is sponsored by the Washington Square Association, an organization founded in 1906 as a neighborhood civic organization working …

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Washington Square arch in a snowstorm, New York Bound Collection, c. 1950, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation Archive.

Winter Wonderland in Washington Square Park

The settling in of cold weather has us here at GVSHP feeling a little nostalgic for snowfalls past. Images from the GVSHP archive of Washington Square Park covered in snow offer the perfect solution.

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