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May 18, 2005

There goes the neighborhood...

wsquar3.gifWashington Square Park, located in the heart of Greenwich Village best known for its bohemian and rebellious character is getting a face lift. The $2,731,000 renovation will include moving the fountain to be aligned with the arch; the elevation will be leveled off; dog runs will be relocated; the asphalt mounds will go; a lawn will replace the plaza; and most controversial, a four-foot-high granite and iron fence would go up along the perimeter, along with gates that would be locked at night. Gothamist has an excellent summary.

WSQ-054_180px.jpgIn related news, the Washington Square Music Festival celebrates it's 47th season by presenting three evenings of great music under the stars. Two classical and one jazz, Tuesdays at 8 pm starting July 12th. Performances take place on the bandstand in the southeast quadrant, which, if the Parks Department has its way, will not be there next season.

Update: Parks Department has bowed to public pressure and will drop plans for the gates. Again via Gothamist.

Posted by Jeremy at May 18, 2005 12:02 AM


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