In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Greenwich Village Historic District, enjoy this Patreon exclusive — a self-guided audio walking tour of Washington Square Park, narrated by Greg Young. This is a new 2019 edition of an audio tour Greg released many years back and this new version is only available here on Patreon.
This tour presents over 200 years of history relating to one of Manhattan’s oldest and most attractive park spaces, a former potter’s field for yellow fever victims that became a magnet for old New York society and a playground for revolutionary artists, writers and photographers. Featuring a cast that includes Henry James, Stanford White, Bobby Fischer, Giuseppe Garabaldi, Edward Hopper, Diane Arbus, Boss Tweed, Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses.
You can listen to this wherever you want, but for maximum enjoyment, just head to Washington Square Park on a nice day and just hit play on your listening device, starting the tour at the fountain.
TO GET THIS AUDIO HISTORY TOUR FOR YOUR OWN EARS, just support the Bowery Boys: New York City History podcast at any level on Patreon. In addition to this tour, you’ll get access to the Bowery Boys Movie Club, our monthly Patreon exclusive show, discussing the greatest films in New York City history. Plus we may read your name on a future show!
Pictured at top: The Italian Mission in Washington Square, 1915. Learn all about the Italian influence upon the park in the audio history tour.