Thursday, August 13, 2009

Postcard Friendship Friday

Marie, this week I was able to find some vintage postcards (reproductions) at the South Street Seaport (New York City) Museum.

Here is one I like very much:

Washington Square Park, New York

If you look closely you might see that silver sparkles have been glued around the edges of the Arch.

Washington Square Park is one of the best-known of New York City's 1,700 public parks. At 9.75 acres (39,500 m2), it is a landmark in the Manhattan neighborhood of Greenwich Village, as well as a meeting place and center for cultural activity.[1] It is operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

An open space with a tradition of nonconformity, the park's fountain area has long been one of the city's popular spots for residents and tourists. Most of the buildings surrounding the park now belong to New York University. Some of the buildings have been built by NYU, others have been converted from their former uses into academic and residential buildings. The university rents the park for its graduation ceremonies, and uses the Arch as a symbol. Although NYU considers the park to be the core of the school's campus, Washington Square remains a public park, which local residents have protected as an essential part of the neighborhood.

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Sheila said...

That is a particularly attractive card - I love the colours. I hadn't known there was a triumphal arch in New York and at first brief glance I thought it was Paris!

Maria Berg said...

It is interesting to look at old photos and try to image how it really was many years ago, MB

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