Since I came to live in New York City to work at the Lomography Gallery Store, I’ve been visiting The Washington Square Park almost each Saturday of the week. I teach photography workshops for the Lomography community once a week. This park loves Lomography, and Lomography loves the thousands of perfect pictures you can shoot there.
The Washington Sqaure Park has been an Institution in the city for almost more than 200 years. Not only is it the most important landmark of the Manhattan neighborhood of Greenwich Village, but is also a meeting place and center for cultural activities. Musicians, painters and photographers gather with students and tourists to get tan and play in the fountain during the warm days of the summer and to drink hot cocoa during the cold winter.
“The Park is an open space, dominated by Washington Arch (1892), with a tradition of celebrating nonconformity. The Park’s fountain area has long been one of the city’s popular spots for residents and tourists. Most of the buildings surrounding the park now belong to New York University, but many have at one time served as homes and studios for artists. Some of the buildings have been built by NYU, others have been converted from their former uses into academic and residential buildings.”
What I love the most about this park are the jazz musicians. On Saturdays, from 10 am to 8 pm you can see for free one of the best jazz ensemble of the neighborhood, they will play non-stop to satisfy your music needs. There is also this sand artist who is always during the weekend from morning to noon, making some incredible surrealistic art with color sand that he pours in to the floor with his hands, then a popular pianist joins in the afternoon with his huge mobile piano, to play the most beautiful classic sonatas. The artist are surrounded by tons of people, squirrels, a couple of local falcons (they are grown at one of NYU building) and beautiful gardens and woman.