This park is as famous as the person it was named after, George Washington. A beautiful, friendly park to the south of Manhattan that lies next to the iconic Greenwich Village
has played many roles in its history as one of New Yorks great public parks. It has acted as a cemetery, a parade ground, a gathering spot for artists, a battleground for chess enthusiasts and a playground for children. It is well known for its arch celebrating the centennial of George Washingtons inauguration as president of the United States. At first a plaster and wood model was erected but it was so popular that a marble arch was built in its place.
As well as the famous arch the park also holds a beautiful fountain that acts as a meeting spot and a centre for cultural activity for locals and creates a lovely image of the park. It is an open space that has a tradition of nonconformity and many of the surrounding buildings now belong to the New York University where students and artists come to unwind and gain inspiration. Speaking of inspiration some famous figures were often seen here through the many years of its existence such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Buddy Holly and John Lennon. You may also recognise the park as the home of Robert Neville of I Am Legend, where great scenes were filmed for this blockbuster movie.
While enjoying the peace and views of Washington Park, take the time to enjoy other great attractions nearby like the Comedy Cellar
, Strand Bookstore
. Lower Manhattan is a great place to stay to enjoy all the best New York has to offer, try great hotels like Soho Grand Hotel
, The Standard, New York
and the Millenium Hilton