Washington Square Park

W 4th St to Waverly Pl
Manhattan, NY 10003

Greenwich Village

Parks & Gardens

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I see there? The Washington Square Arch, for one thing. The landmark honors the first president of the United States and was inspired by Paris’ Arc de Triomphe.

Some guy asked me to play chess. Should I do it? The park is a haven for some serious chess players, who occupy the tables in its southwest corner. You can play—just don’t bet money, even if someone asks you to.

Is there anywhere to eat or drink nearby? Lots of places. Nearby restaurants include the Mario Batali–affiliated Otto Enoteca Pizzeria and Babbo. Beer hall Amity Hall and Ramen Takumi are popular among college students, as is longtime cheap-eats staple Mamoun’s Falafel.

Is the park haunted? Some say yes, as the park is located on the site of a 19th-century burial ground.



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