Hi everyone! It feels very nice to be in New York with this weather. I’ve been walking around the whole day and it’s very relaxing. Everyone is outside and there are so many things to see out there. I’m going to talk about the area around Washington Square. I spend a lot of time around there because it’s where I live and it’s also one of my favorite parts of Manhattan. If it's a sunny day, it will be definitely enjoyable to have a walk around the park. There are always people performing, playing instruments, dancing or singing. The park is located downtown in the heart of Greenwich Village, between Waverly Pl. and West 4th St. 5th Avenue starts right from the middle of the park.
Starting with the park, it's a very interesting place because you will find tourists as well as residents. Usually, these two groups of people hang out in different places. However, in Washington Park you'll always find people from all over the world visiting the city and many residents relaxing in the area. This situation is quite refreshing, while the New Yorkers go there to forget about the stress of the city, the tourists are just having the amazing experience of exploring the city. There are cultural events taking place there very often. The best way to get to know what's going on there is to visit the official web site of the park. As most of the parks in the city, Washington Square is also ran by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, which also hosts this site: http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/washingtonsquarepark. That's the description they offer -mentioning the impressive arch located in one of the park's entrances:
"A marsh. A cemetery. A parade ground. A gathering spot for avant-garde artists. A battleground for chess enthusiasts. A playground for canines and children. Washington Square Park has served various roles for its community throughout the years, adapting to meet its needs. Well-known for its arch, honoring George Washington, the man for whom the park is named, and its fountain, the arch's elder by 43 years and a popular meeting spot, Washington Square Park also houses several other monuments and facilities."I suggest you browse the site to find out about the park's history, the facilities it includes and specially the calendar of events. If you click on "Things to Do" at the top menu and then on "Upcoming Events", you will see how many of them are planned for every single day. There are many interesting ones for those days when you have nothing to do and you don't feel like staying in. Moreover, most of them are very cheap if not free! There is one of these activities that I would definitely love to attend. It is the "Sunrise Tai Chi Classes". It's free and it takes place every Wednesday. Why have I never done it? Well, there is a catch. It starts at 6:30am and I have never been brave enough to wake up that early!
It's also a great place for photography. There hasn't been a day when I haven't seen any professional photographer around there. Since it's in the middle of most of the New York University buildings, there are also many students filming short movies for projects, painting, taking pictures... If you're hungry, the area is full of nice places to go eat or grab food to have a picnic. It's a nice spot to spend a day with friends. Moreover, the area has many cafes and bars to hang out and the atmosphere there is much more relaxed than in the rest of crazy Manhattan.
I hope you all have a great weekend! I'm afraid most of you might be having a lot of work since the midterms are around the corner... But it seems it's going to be quite a nice weekend, so find time to enjoy yourselves! See you soon!