Artists and Writers: Washington Square and Greenwich Village

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The tour will start in Washington Square, famous for its writers, artists, and university residents. We will also visit the site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911, the tragedy that galvanized the labor movement in the United States. The tour will include a stroll through the streets of Greenwich Village to admire brick row houses from the early 19th century.

The Washington Square Arch was designed by the architect Stanford White, and was originally built of wood and papier mache as part of the 1889 centennial celebrations of George Washington’s inauguration in New York City. It was so popular that a permanent arch was constructed of marble carved at the Piccirilli studios by Italian master sculptors.  Statues of Washington as Commander-in-Chief and Statesman were added in 1916 and 1918 respectively.

Washington Square is now one of the loveliest parks in New York City; plantings, a playground, and the central fountain attract students, tourists, and residents throughout the year.  It is the dynamic heart of Greenwich Village.

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