Here’s some pictures illustrating a few ideas from our podcast this week.
And finally, to correct a couple errors: community leaders have actually been opposed to the moving of the Washington Square fountain; it was the city and Park Department that was for aligning it with the Washington Arch. And yes, the title of Henry James novel is ‘Washington Square’, not ‘Washington Square Park’.
‘Washington Square’ is one of James’ only novels set in New York, even though the Eurocentric novelist was born here in the city. (His short story output of New York tales was a bit more prolific.) For six months of his childhood, he actually lived right off the Square, on the northeast corner of Washington Place and Greene Street, now a building owned NYU. But according to the Sun, he lived the longest on 14th Street near another famous square — Union Square.
Despite ‘Washington Square’ being one of his better known works now, James himself grew to hate it and was one of his least favorite creations. We respectfully disagree with him.