Washington Square Tour:
Washington Square has seen a lot of change over the years. Once a tobacco field irrigated by Minetta Creek, then a potter’s field full of cholera victims, then a parade ground for the New York State militia (see above) . . . the center of Knickerbocker New York, the home of NYU, the scene of love-ins and be-ins and countless demonstrations . . . there’s a lot to experience around Washington Square.
A postcard from earlier times. A man looks through the arch up 5th avenue. The buildings are low–the modern apartment towers have not yet replaced the Rhinelander mansion one the left side of 5th avenue. Horse and buggy traffic is free to pass through the Square and flow into Greenwich Village by way of Laguardia Place.
Download our Washington Square Walking Tour and explore all of the hidden history: with audio narration, hundreds of photos, video clips, trivia quizzes, and local recommendations. We’ll show you where Bob Dylan first lived in NYC; where 500 determined beatniks rioted for the right to sing folk songs in the park; where a famous rock star got arrested for buying pot. We’ll introduce the artists and celebrities, the capitalists and communists, the inventors and trendsetters, the scenes of great joy and profoundest tragedy. Our New York walking tours put you on the spot and tell the story as never told before: fully interactive and fully fun, and you can share all of our photos and stories on Facebook and Twitter. Go ahead. Get walking. Download Racontrs now to your Iphone or Android.