New York has other parks

I snapped these photos yesterday in Washington Square Park , on my way back to work from the dentist’s office.  Located at the foot of Fifth Avenue, WSP has significance to me because I went to New York University, which surrounds it on all sides. Since NYU doesn’t have a formal quad, the park is the next best thing, maybe even better. It’s the gathering place for students, moms, nannies and kids, chess devotees, lovers, and tourists, who come to see the famous Arch, which was erected in 1889 to celebrate the centennial of George Washington’s inauguration.


This is the bench ex-husband, Douglas, and I sat on right after we met for the first time, in journalism class at NYU. The year was 1967. Douglas still has the photo of us on the bench, which has been renovated.
Camp kids romping in the park's central fountain
WSP, back in the day







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6 Responses to “New York has other parks”

  1. Susan says:

    Hi again, Geri.

    I worked for McGraw-Hill in two divisions & was “rented out” to Business Week occasionally, as well. Am on disability from there for a long time now.

    PS: I saw that you’ve been divorced for some time but it’s nice to have that sort of touchstone…if things have settled in one’s mind. As in: it’s not some horrible place that sets off a shrieking siren in one’s head as soon as nearing it. I think most people have something like that in their lives. And when that siren no longer goes off, or is a mere little gnat-buzz, it’s a wonderful thing. I went on a “reclaiming my spaces/places” tour a few years ago (here in DC/environs).

    My PS is longer than my original statement. Oof.

    • Geri says:

      Hi Susan

      Wonderful points.


  2. jane says:

    I love when your entries showcase the life of living in New York. I’m sure native New Yorkers appreciate it even more =)

    • Geri says:

      Hi Jane,

      Thank you. Happy you like them. Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!


  3. Geri says:

    Hi Susan,

    Douglas and I are divorced, but the bench is still together. (he and I are friends though.)
    Which publisher did you work for?


  4. Susan says:

    Aw, I am missing NY so much the last few months. Not that I lived there but I used to visit so much since I was 14. And I worked for a large publisher there, too (but here in the DC bureau). Sigh. I can’t get up there anytime soon…so at least I can see pix.

    It’s so sweet to learn about your “meeting bench.”



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