No matter when you visit Washington Square Park, and especially in the spring and summer months, live musicians and performers are there to entertain. Location-wise, the park couldn't be in a better spot. Surrounded by the New York University (NYU) campus, many of Manhattan's most popular neighborhoods, like Soho, the West Village and the East Village, are within walking distance.
Usually the street musicians and performers hover in the center of the park, close to the fountain, but the surrounding green spaces and gardens are often much quieter and ideal for afternoon reading. If you can't swing by during the day, that's perfectly fine. The park is just as pretty by night.
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Are We There Yet: Under the Arch
Once a week, every week, I get to leave my classroom after a long day of work and walk under the Arch at the entrance of Wash. Sq. Park. Something about it feels triumphant, maybe it is because its thursday night at 9pm and my week is ending or maybe it is because feeling a sense of beauty in NYC can be so tough to find.
New York City is very pretty in the snow; at least just as it falls. It can get very slushy and grey after the snow has been on the ground for a while but if you catch the city right after a big dump, you'll love it... as long as you have good winter boots.
One of my favorite New York holiday shots is of the Christmas tree under the Washington Square Park Arch. Go on Christmas Eve if you want to catch the Christmas caroling. It would make for a wonderful video card to send to friends and family from New York.
Another great place to take holiday shots is the 150-foot atrium in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle. There is something magical about the twelve 14-foot stars that hang from the ceiling and change color from orange to red, blue, purple, and numerous multicolor combinations. You can snap different color selfies and even get the Columbus statue and Central Park in the frame. Best of all, you don’t have to freeze while doing so. If you have the time, grab a seat at the piano bar on the third level and enjoy the light show.
Macy’s holiday window display always draws crowds. You can get some very interesting shots with the reflection of the surrounding buildings in the glass. I nearly had to kneel to get the top of the Empire State Building reflected in the window display with its replica.