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Washington Square Arch stands at a height of 77 feet (23.47 meters), at the point where the Fifth Avenue meets the Washington Square Park. This marble arch is the park's most well-known monument, however this one isn't the original. The original was constructed of plaster and wood in 1889 and it was one of four arches built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of George Washington's inauguration as the President of the United States. The famed architect Stanford White designed this one three years later in 1892, however the statues of Washington on its piers were not added until 20 years later. The arch is made of Westchester marble and it is a must-visit attraction when strolling between the West and East Village or exploring around NYU.
This cozy Greenwich Village park is always filled with students, residents and tourists alike. It is one of the few green spots in the area and has undergone many incarnations since it was the site of Minetta Creek in the 1600's. In that century it was farmland, then a burial ground in the next one, thereafter the city acquired the land and created the park in 1826. At the northern end stands the famous arch, built in 1889 to commemorate the centennial of Washington's inauguration when New York was the nation's first capital under the constitution. The arch was designed by the iconic Stanford White and throughout the park you can find many interesting historical features and facets, some are hidden and others are in plain sight. The area was also the neighborhood for many famous artists and writers, including Henry James, Edith Wharton and Edward Hopper; many lived in the Greek Revival style row houses at the northern end of the park. Today, most of the buildings in the neighborhood are owned by New York University.
This hidden lane between 5th Avenue and University Place in the Village was once a trail used by the Lenape Indians on their way across the island. As the centuries passed, the land came into the hands of philanthropist, sea-captian Robert Randall. At the end of 18th Century, he leased the land and moved to nearby Staten Island, thereby allowing prominent New Yorkers to develop the area. In the mid-1820's, construction began on the townhouses as well as the stables and they all were finished by the 1860's. Today, the horses have long moved out and New York University purchased most of the properties in the 1950's. However, the architectural highlights are still the buildings themselves and at the 5th Avenue entrance, in 'Willy's Garden, there is a statue of Spanish writer, Cervantes.
Brown Building was originally the Asch building which was the site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. A fire in 1911 in this factory killed 145 workers all of whom were women or girls, mostly Jewish or Italian. After the fire the investigation revealed that the factory doors had been locked during the fire not allowing the workers to escape. This building is now a part of the campus of New York University. It is the place for the science faculty.
18 West 11th Street is the place where the Weathermen Townhouse Explosion took place. It is famous for the Brownstones, buildings that have been made with pride and great workmanship. Three blocks from Washington Square Park, the buildings have had many writers, singers, artists etc. as its residents including the Weathermen, who resided in Building No. 18. They had been making bombs, which led to an explosion on 6th March 1970. Three of the party members died, two were injured and a few escaped. None of the guilty could be persecuted.
The Gay Street is a historic street located in the Big Apple. It got its name from a landowner who lived there in earlier times. Now it is a commercial street where you will see a number of boutiques and shops. This is a famous street and has been referred in a number of movies and songs.
Are you an absolute foodie? Love to join a cultural tour around New York while sampling some delectable dishes? Then Foods of New York Tours is the best service to sign up with. Their professional guides will take you around the city, offering you samples of various delicious preparations while engaging you in enlightening stories about their neighborhoods. After an extensive study focused on the food and attractions of the place this management started tours in 1999. Tourists will get to taste a variety of mouthwatering food ranging across pizzas, roasted lamb, Turkish kebabs with pita bread, cannoli and much more. You can burn all the calories you pile up by walking around various musical venues, art galleries, museums, community centers and other popular locations. You can also sign up for a private tour that will be designed specially for you.
Patchin Place is a dead-end little alleyway in which it's original buildings were created for the staff of nearby hotel, thereafter it was known to be inhabited by famous writers, authors such as E.E. Cummings, Theodore Dreiser and John Cowper Powys. This small alley is a popular stop for those on New York City tours of literature haunts. Today, it is now home to affluent medical practitioners and psychiatrists, but the quiet picture still looks the same with gas lamps of antiquity hanging on the wall.