Friday, January 4, 2013

A little meandering...

 In true form... when one has done the work one needs to get done for work on Monday what does one do? Yep reward oneself. This is part of my plan to Live this year.
I managed to Look, Investigate, View and Enjoy my trip to Dick Blick store on Bond St. Found a few of the essentials for my crafting year and purchased a few not so essential but interesting bits and pieces.
I then decided to stop in at The Ink Pad. This involved a shortish walk- one mile or so so this mixed in with my goals of walking each day.
 The walk took me through Washington Square Park a place I have not explored before (oh yes! another of my 13 in 13- #2 place I have never been before!)
 Some information about the park- I like researching, can you call googling researching? stuff (usually after) an event.

  • Washington Square Park is named for George Washington (1732-1799),
  • The parkland was once a marsh fed by Minetta Brook. It was located near an Indian village known as Sapokanikan or “Tobacco Field.” 
  •  In 1797 the Common Council acquired the land for use as a Potter's Field or common burial ground. The field was also used for public executions, giving rise to the tale of the Hangman’s Elm which stands in the northwest corner of the park.
  • The site was used as the Washington Military Parade Ground in 1826, and became a public park in 1827.
  •  A number of wealthy and prominent families, escaping the disease and congestion of downtown Manhattan, moved into the area and built the distinguished Greek Revival mansions that still line the square’s north side. One of these provided the setting for Henry James’ 1880 novel, Washington Square. In 1835, the park also hosted the first public demonstration of the telegraph by Samuel F.B. Morse, a professor at New York University, which is adjacent to the park. 
It was in reading this that I remembered that the park was also mentioned/ the setting for the mansion in The Heiress- a play currently playing in the theatre next door-The Walter Kerr Theatre.

  • Soon after the creation of the Department of Public Parks in 1870, the square was redesigned.
  •  The marble Washington Arch, modeled both structures on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, was built between the years 1890 and 1892 to replace the popular wooden arch erected in 1889 to commemorate the centennial of Washington’s inauguration.
  • Fifth Avenue ran through the arch until 1964 when the park was redesigned and closed to traffic at the insistence of Village residents. 
  •  With the addition of bocce courts, game tables, and playgrounds, the park has become an internationally known meeting ground for students, local residents, tourists, chess players, and performers. 
My source for the above info is the Parks and Gardens website.

There is even a blog dedicated to reporting/talking about the park.

My walk to The Inkpad took me up and across 6th Avenue via Greenwich Avenue. It was a glorious sunny day by this time and I was also in time to get caught up in the dismissal of kids from a local school. The parents clogged the footpath so I had to walk out onto the road.

At one stage on my journey in the subway to get to home there was an eclectic mix of experiences a man with intellectual disabilities was trying to beg for assistance, another young male passenger listening to loud music via ear buds that didn't block the sound for us was telling the begging passenger in very explicit terms that he wouldn't be getting any money; another female passenger beside him shushed him ; two people got on  with the most enormous old steamer trunk- on a wheel thing- it was about 4 feet by 3.5 feet (does that sound big? it came up to their waists and they were average height).

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