New York’s Beloved and Iconic Washington Square Park
Tuesday, May 14
For generations, Washington Square Park has served the diverse people of Manhattan. For the native Lenape it was a seasonal camp known as Sappokanican. For Dutch settlers it was farmland. For Manhattan-ites in the late 1700s it was potter's field. It was a Military Parade Ground and then a public park where wealthy Village residents strolled among their immigrant neighbors.
Today, WSP is a musician's stage, a protestor's soap-box, a college student’s green space, and a neighborhood’s soul. George Vellonakis, WSP Administrator and the Executive Director of its Conservancy, has worked as a landscape architect for NYC Parks since 1986. He is well-known for his design of WSP, which was completely restored and improved through his three-phase $32M plan completed in 2014.
Please join George for a lively, informative evening as he explores the history and future of WSP and reveals the truth about the hidden door in Sanford White's iconic arch.
Free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first-served. An RSVP is not required.