WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK
As it's just a few blocks from my apartment and one of the most incredible cross-section examples of lower NYC humanity, I've spent a lot of time at this peaceful acreage. Nestled into Greenwich Village and surrounded by beautiful and interesting architecture which once was mostly homes for bohemian artists and creatives, it's marked by the close proximity to New York University. It's also long been known as a hub for politics and culture.
I wasn't at all surprised to find out it is celebrated historically as a gathering place for non-comformity but today seems to serve everything from children playing in the water to tourists watching the spontaneous street shows to locals perched across the lawn in what closely resembles a "blanket farm." It's also flanked by two dog parks with eager-beaver pups carrying their own balls and marching rather quickly toward the gate as if they fully know the routine and it's all for them.
I was also saddened to learn the plot has a much darker and sadder history attached to slavery. It also served as a potters field for the yellow fever epidemic in the early 19th century and it was odd to note that we are currently sitting atop some 20,000 buried bodies.