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Swiss Filmmaker Comes to NY, Films Over Eight Days and Encapsulates Washington Square Park in Three Minute Short Film

Swiss Filmmaker Comes to NY, Films Over Eight Days and Encapsulates Washington Square Park in Three Minute Short Film

October 7, 2013

Swiss filmmaker Rolf Hellat came to New York last month and created this 3 minute and 23 second short film capturing “wonderful moment in Washington Square Park.” When I asked Hellat if he set out to do this or the idea came to him as he spent time in the park, he said, “In the beginning, [...]

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Musicians Upstate Rubdown Perform at WSP

Musicians Upstate Rubdown Perform at WSP

August 16, 2013

Earlier this week, Upstate Rubdown, self-described as “a diverse group of musicians dedicated to creating fun acoustic pop music with creative rhythms,” captivated an audience at the park. Note: I don’t usually ‘do’ video so I was testing this out. I always forget that the camera has video or I’d probably shoot more! Because it is [...]

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Washington Square Park Folk Festival Returns for Year Two at WSP This Weekend (9/15 & 16, 2012)

Washington Square Park Folk Festival Returns for Year Two at WSP This Weekend (9/15 & 16, 2012)

September 13, 2012

For the second year in a row, the Washington Square Park Folk Festival will take place for 2 days at the park this coming weekend on September 15th and 16th. I spoke to Eli Smith, the organizer, a musician and host of the Down Home Radio Show who also produces the Brooklyn Folk Festival (now [...]

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Bagpipes at the Park

Bagpipes at the Park

August 27, 2012

On Saturday, I was sitting near the Arch and I heard bag pipes emanating from somewhere in the park. They stopped and so I basically forgot about them; my attention diverted elsewhere. As I was leaving, they started up again and I snapped this pic of a young woman playing near the LaGuardia Place entrance [...]

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Washington Square Music Festival Responds to Post on Scaling Back of Performances and Festival Relationship to Washington Sq Association

Washington Square Music Festival Responds to Post on Scaling Back of Performances and Festival Relationship to Washington Sq Association

August 3, 2012

On Tuesday (7/31), this post appeared on this blog: Washington Square Music Festival Dramatically Scaled Back Performances at Washington Square Park This Year Due to Park Redesign; Final Concert of 54th Season Tonight. Washington Square Music Festival Executive Director Peggy Friedman, while not questioning the substance of the piece itself, wrote in to offer her position [...]

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Washington Square Music Festival Dramatically Scaled Back Performances at Washington Square Park This Year Due to Park Redesign; Final Concert of 54th Season Tonight

Washington Square Music Festival Dramatically Scaled Back Performances at Washington Square Park This Year Due to Park Redesign; Final Concert of 54th Season Tonight

July 31, 2012

Updated-There is a story behind the scaled back number of concerts the Washington Square Music Festival is performing this year at Washington Square Park. Traditionally, the Festival, which has performed in its namesake park for 54 years, would present four or five concerts each season at the landmark park. This year, the number of concerts [...]

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Make Music NY comes to NYC Public Spaces including WSP's Garibaldi Stage Thursday, June 21st 12-4 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.

Make Music NY comes to NYC Public Spaces including WSP's Garibaldi Stage Thursday, June 21st 12-4 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.

June 20, 2012

Make Music NY — at which there are “over 1,000 free outdoor concerts on a single day” at NYC public spaces — will happen again this year on the first day of summer, Thursday, June 21st! The event comes to Washington Square and the Garibaldi Stage (which has the action at the park, just east [...]

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Friday Night, Near Garibaldi ...

Friday Night, Near Garibaldi …

December 14, 2011

Two days after I wrote wondering where all the female singers at the park are, you rarely see any — other than the Opera Gals Under the Arch –  one appeared! Ingrid Vollset – a non-NYU student – was singing a song called “Wavelength” in the slightly empty, dark park Friday night near Garibaldi Plaza. [...]

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Washington Square Park Folk Festival - Interview with Organizer Eli Smith | Photos from First Day

Washington Square Park Folk Festival – Interview with Organizer Eli Smith | Photos from First Day

September 18, 2011

This weekend there’s a new music event at the park, the Washington Square Park Folk Festival. The two day event, which began yesterday, is being produced by Eli Smith, organizer of the Brooklyn Folk Festival in Red Hook for the last three years and host of the Down Home Radio Show. The festival was the [...]

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Last Night at Washington Square

Last Night at Washington Square

August 17, 2011

Red-tailed Hawk Bobby Perched Atop the Judson Church Cross While… This is neighborhood Red-tailed hawk Bobby, I presume, atop the Judson Church cross. Previously noted as one of his favorite haunts around the park, he lingered there for a long time. Baby Soda Band Played on the Garibaldi Stage Baby Soda (above) last night at [...]

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