notable people and the park

King of the Park: Charlie Barnett | Performances at Washington Square In Jeopardy Again

King of the Park: Charlie Barnett | Performances at Washington Square In Jeopardy Again

April 11, 2013

While searching for more information on Dave Chappelle’s association with Washington Square Park, I came upon the story of comedian Charlie Barnett who died 17 years ago last month. Barnett captivated countless people from all walks of life and gained his street performance ‘cred’ via his act delivered in the Washington Square Park fountain. In [...]

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New York's Growing Up NYC: Matthew Broderick Remembers "Playing in Washington Square Park, all day basically"; Was Georgina Bloomberg's Entry Curtailed...?

New York’s Growing Up NYC: Matthew Broderick Remembers “Playing in Washington Square Park, all day basically”; Was Georgina Bloomberg’s Entry Curtailed…?

April 3, 2013

This week’s New York Magazine features celebrity remembrances of  Growing Up New York. It’s a mixed assortment, some obviously more interesting than others but two entries I found notable. First, actor Matthew Broderick’s memories in relation to Washington Square(he still lives in the Village with wife Sarah Jessica Parker and their children): I remember playing in [...]

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Site of NYU's Kimmel Center on Washington Square South Was Almost a Stately Apartment Building and Was Once Home to "Bohemians" -- aka Noted Writers like Stephen Crane, Eugene O'Neill, O. Henry

Site of NYU’s Kimmel Center on Washington Square South Was Almost a Stately Apartment Building and Was Once Home to “Bohemians” — aka Noted Writers like Stephen Crane, Eugene O’Neill, O. Henry

January 30, 2013

Updated — When Brick Underground asked “Any buildings that feel out of place with the feel of the neighborhood?,” I couldn’t help but point to NYU’s Kimmel Center on Washington Square South. However, other than the low rise structure that was there previously which I recall as sort of bland but not necessarily offensive, I [...]

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Art Blog Looks at Art Featuring Washington Square Park

Art Blog Looks at Art Featuring Washington Square Park

April 16, 2012

An art blog put together by British artist Poul Webb takes a look at art which has featured Washington Square. Webb has put together quite a collection of artwork that features the Park. He reflects, “I’ve noticed that a lot of American artists, particularly those associated with New York City, like the Ashcan School, have [...]

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Marlon Brando and Washington Square 1940's

Marlon Brando and Washington Square 1940's

March 28, 2011

Updated 3:06 p.m. — Marlon Brando arrived in New York City in 1943 after he was expelled from a Minnesota military school. He wrote in his autobiography, “Brando: Songs My Mother Taught Me”, about his experience in the Village and Washington Square: As I got out of the cab delivering me from Pennsylvania Station to [...]

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