Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Washington Square Park -- A Look Back





From Jeremiah's Vanishing New York: "New York has been changing since its inception. That's obvious. Blocks and buildings rise and fall. Seventy years ago, half of Houston Street vanished from the city--and the city survived. But today the rate of change has become excessive. Block after block after block, New York is devoured. We don't get one Avalon building, we get three. We don't get one Marc Jacobs store, we get half a dozen. Such is the inevitable march of progress today.
The things worth looking at in this city are dwindling. What we take in visually becomes our thoughts. When we look in the window of a pawnshop, we see stories--wedding rings tell of love lost and betrayed, guitars speak of dreams deferred, typewriters tell more tales than we can imagine here. What will our thoughts become when all that's left to see are the blank faces of condstrosities?"

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10 comments:

Marie-Noyale said...

It's the noise that bothers me most you cannot walk three blocks without hearing jack hammers !!!...
I guess Manhattan is going to look beautiful!!

Hilda said...

Please don't tell me that that park is gone now… =(

ken mac said...

Park still there (chess players still playing, dog run still running). But closed til sometime in 2009 for renovations....

Ming the Merciless said...

I miss the fountains! I miss dipping my feet into the water! I miss spying the sexy NYU co-eds getting wet under the fountains. :-)

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Anonymous said...

I was only there last week (I am from the uk)

Great place!

Chris
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