HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!

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No one likes to be old,” Nora Ephron wrote. “The most they will cop up to is that they’re older. Or oldish.”

We’ll own up to being flat-out old. Making it well past the century mark (111 years, people!) is nothing to sneeze at, and we’re proud of every decade…every facelift, each nip and every single tuck.

The Washington online viagra Square Hotel started out in 1902 as the Hotel Earle, shown in the postcard above. Many additions and what seems like a zillion incarnations later, we’ve evolved into what we are today. It goes without saying that we still have air conditioning and color TV. But the rest–the stuff that you can’t find anywhere else–is happily the same..our proximity to jazz and rock clubs, famous restaurants and off-Broadway theater.

From the staid, affluent environment of Henry James’ Washington Square, to the bohemian counterculture of the ’60s, the hotel has always personified the fashion of the day. Creative types like Ernest Hemingway, Buddy Miles, Joan Baez, Dylans Bob and Thomas, Dexter Gordon, the Stones and the Ramones have all gravitated to us.

Artists, writers and musicians still frequent the Washington Square Hotel. So do doctors, insurance brokers, real estate agents and people from all over the world.

Our looks are always going to be changing, but our attitude will remain the same. We hope our guests feel like family because to us, they are.

Happy Birthday both to us and our guests! We hope that you agree that all of us wear our age well.

A Midsummer Night's Music Festival

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The 55th annual Washington Square Music Festival is right around the corner. Every Tuesday evening in July, a concert is performed gratis right here in the park. Great music outdoors on a balmy summer night…what’s not to like? Here’s the lineup:

July 9: Baroque in the Park: A Judgment of Paris is a baroque opera by John Eccles.

July 16: A Musical Adventure Featuring Margaret Leng Tan. Tan will play the chamber version of a toy piano concerto written for her by English composer Michael Wookey. You read that right–toy piano. Tan’s avant-garde performance sounds intriguing.

July 23: Verdi and Wagner and Spohr and Rheinberger. (Oh my!) A celebration of 19th Century music for winds and strings.a celebration of 19th Century music for winds female viagra cream and strings including Verdi String Quartet and Paul Hindemith/Wagner The Flying Dutchman Overture for String Quartet.

July 30: Music of East Africa featuring Nepo Soteri. Guitarist, singer and composer Soteri is a survivor of the Rwandan civil war. Influences of sounds from Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia are featured in his compositions. Preceding the concert in the afternoon will be a children’s interactive rhythm workshop with African musicians.

Here are the particulars: Music starts at 8 pm and seating is on a first come, first served basis. In the event of rain, the music festival moves indoors to St. Joseph’s Church, 371 Sixth Avenue (between Washington Place and Waverly Place).

 

Come back, Joan!

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We’re no longer that, “crummy hotel over Washington can i order viagra from the chemist Square” that you wrote about in Diamonds and Rust.

We’ve been renovated, revamped and recharged. We’ve got a fitness room, pillow-top mattresses and free WIFI. And we can serve you three delicious meals a day, which we couldn’t when you wrote this…

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Damn that’s a great song.

But we’re not crummy anymore, Joan, so please come back and write another one!

 

You're kidding? Little-Known Facts About Washington Square

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Not sure if all this is absolutely true–read it on the Internets, after all–but here we go:

Those chess players that inhabit the southwest corner of Washington Square have been there a very long time. Apparently, enthusiasts of the game have been capturing rooks and pawns in city parks since the 1940s. World-champion Bobby Fischer played here in WS in the 70s, as did Heath Ledger and Stanley Kubrick (though presumably not against each other.)

Speaking of famous folks, it’s said that in1887, while Robert Louis Stevenson was visiting the U.S. for medical treatment for tuberculosis, he met Mark Twain in the park for a visit. The two had a online viagra uk nice, five-hour sit-down before Stevenson headed upstate to a sanitorium. (Oh, to be a fly on the bench…)

Beware of zombies!  In 1797, Washington Square was converted from farmland to a Potter’s Field–a place to bury the homeless, convicts and unclaimed John Does. An early 19th century epidemic of yellow fever increased the number of non-living inhabitants drastically; patients who succumbed to the deadly disease were buried downtown as a hygienic measure to keep them segregated as much as possible from the general population. (In fact, during the recent park renovations, archaeologists discovered the skeletal remains of four people.) If it ever feels a little crowded around here, remember that an estimated 20,000 people are buried beneath the stones and fountains of Washington Square.

Have a great weekend, everyone. And remember–watch out for the zombies and hold onto that Queen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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She Blinded Me With Science

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What: The World Science Festival, in which dozens of events are scheduled throughout the city celebrating science in its many forms.

When: May 29th to June 2nd

Where: At various venues throughout the city, like the American Museum of Natural History and the New York Botanical Garden. But many of the events are taking place in NYU buildings right here in the Village.

Why: Science, people, science!  Don’t we all need to learn more about climate change, technology, astronomy and biology? Of course we do.

Who: Produced by people way smarter than we are (if only in scientific matters).

Apparently I’ve been living under a rock, since this festival has been going on for six years and I had no idea. Everyone from Brian Greene (physicist) to Wylie Dufresne mexico viagra no prescription (futuristic gastronomy dude) to Alan Alda (Hawkeye!) is participating in the 2013 event.

A few highlights:

The Dance of the Planets: An Evening Under the Stars: In which you can join professional and amateur astronomers for a free evening of urban stargazing. Saturday the 1st from 8 – 10 pm. at Pier 1 at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The Taste of Science: This is right up my alley. It’s described as “part science lab, part cocktail dinatoire.”  I’m not exactly sure what “dinatoire” means but the “cocktail” part of the phrase sold me. Read on: “This multi-course tasting program will showcase the potential for scientific discovery via gastronomic experimentation. It will be an extraordinary exploration of biology, chemistry, neuroscience, physics and more, illuminated by experimental cocktails and cutting-edge cuisine. Expect scintillating science, stimulating company, and a few surprises.”  Sounds fun/scary. This will take place in the Astor Center on Thursday the 30th from 7 – 10 pm. Oh–but beware–it ain’t cheap. $200 a head.

The Joy of Six Legged Sex: An Evening of Insect Courtship and Cocktails. In which scientists answer that age-old question: How do both insects and humans attract their mates?  If the title alone doesn’t grab you, remember that included is a ride on the Staten Island Ferry to the Staten Island Museum. Once there you can tour the museum’s cicada collection (every 17 years!) and sip insect-inspired cocktails. Oh–and a DJ will be spinning tunes around Brandon Ballengee’s new light sculpture and insect observatory, “Love Motel For Insects.” All this for only 25 bucks. Friday the 31st from 7:25 (hey–they’re scientists) to 10 pm.

And on Saturday the 2nd from 10 am – 6 pm, our own Washington Square Park will host the Ultimate Science Street Fair!  Interactive exhibits, games, shows and performances for kids and adults. Nobel laureates will rub shoulders with sports and entertainment stars all in the name of science!

If you’re interested, now is the time to get tickets, as a few events are already sold out and everything looks like fun.

As my pal said, “It looks kinda cool and not just for propeller heads.”

Happy Earth Day!

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A few quotes relative to Earth Day gathered viagra prescriptions from Goodreads. (If you’re not familiar with it, Goodreads is a sort of virtual book club, in which you rate books you’ve read and get recommendations from your pals. If you’re an avid reader, you truly need this!) Here we go:

“The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.”
― Gaylord Nelson

“I had assumed that the Earth, the spirit of the Earth, noticed exceptions — those who wantonly damage it and those who do not. But the Earth is wise. It has given itself into the keeping of all, and all are therefore accountable.”
― Alice Walker

“It’s Earth day I wonder if we can plant more trees than people for a change?”
― Stanley Victor Paskavich

Let’s take care of the planet today and every day. Happy Earth Day, everyone!

Free Advice Girl Is Back!

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Frisbee-tossing students, performance artists and cherry blossoms aren’t the only things that herald spring in Washington Square Park. Add to that list the return of the Free Advice Girl.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with her, Lisa Podell settles herself on a bench next to her “Free Advice” sign for a few hours every other day and lends an ear–and non-judgmental wisdom when requested. And from the looks of her Facebook page, this Dear Abby in a tank top and flip flops seems to help an awful lot of people. (Sometimes just having an impartial ear listen helps a ton, doesn’t it?)

On Lisa’s website, she describes her services as such:

What if there were an opportunity to offer and/or receive free advice viagra jelly uk in public spaces throughout New York City, or even better, in a neighborhood near you? Imagine the possibilities when people break down their barriers to hold authentic, positive conversations with other people they would have otherwise passed by.

The second component is to help people see an additional point of view. Many of us fixate on a personal issue and continue to look at it from the same vantage point. Then we wonder why we’re not seeing improvement or change. This can lead to frustration and stress, which can then affect the way we connect or disconnect with others in our daily lives. To verbally explore a topic with someone whom you have no history and may never see again is quite liberating. There is no past between Free Advice Girl and the participant so it allows for a clear conversation. This is why a typical conversation often lasts just 5-10 minutes. It’s easy to see a new point of view when you’re ready to receive it and there’s no history or baggage standing in the way.”

Leave it to the good citizens of NYC to offer free therapy at no cost. Welcome back, Lisa!

Washington Square Park's First Family

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Time to check in with the red-tailed hawks of Washington Square Park, Bobby and order viagra no prescription Rosie. The duo have nested outside NYU President John Sexton’s Office at Bobst Building in the southern perimeter of the park. And pretty soon baby will make five…three eggs were spotted in the nest!

A little family history: the hawks have been around for three years. The initial coupling was Bobby and Violet. They produced Pip, who has moved on to points unknown. After Violet fell ill and passed away in year two, Bobby was consoled by Rosie and they produced Boo and Scout, who have also left the family Village home.

You can watch the birds’ progress and if you’re lucky, witness the blessed event on the NYU Hawk Cam.

 

 

National Pillow Fight Day!

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This might be the only holiday better than Halloween. Crazy folks everywhere from Istanbul to Harere, Zimabwe are participating. And New Yorkers are of course joining in–right here in Washington Square Park!

The fight starts tomorrow at 3 p.m. and lasts three hours. The ground rules:

+ Soft, feather-free pillows only!
+ Swing lightly, many people will be swinging at once.
+ Do not swing at people female viagra australia without pillows or with cameras.
+ Remove glasses beforehand! (I learned that one the hard way.)
+ Deposit pillows in donation boxes or take them with you.*
+ Jammies are welcome.

* Preferably the former, as the event collected over 1500 pillows for homeless shelters last year.

Lastly, don’t forget the ultimate pillow fight rule that still stands from when you were a kid: play nice!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

9 Dates I'm Looking Forward To…

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The memory of a gentle snowfall is now turning to slush, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m over it. Winter, that is. I’m sick of clunky, all-weather boots, fed up with itchy woolen scarves and tired of those buy cialis plastic winter cubicle door thingies that are attached outside restaurants. (What do you call them, anyway?) In order to turn my Seasonal Affective Disorder around, I decided not to save my pennies and spring womens viagra pill for one of those fancy light therapy lamps, but instead compile a list of dates that I am looking forward to. And they are:

March 10th: Daylight savings goes back into effect. Mo’ daylight, less problems. (Or at least it feels that way.)

March 20: The first day of spring That’s less than two months, people! Spring!!!

April 1st: Opening day of the baseball season. (Truth be told, I could care less about baseball, but people I love do and if they’re happy, I’m happy. I may be cranky, but I’m still nice.)

April 7th: Mad Men Season 6 premier! Yes, I realize that it’s lame that I included a television show on the list. But come on…it’s Mad Men. Series creator Anthony Weiner talks about the next season here.

April 10th: This is the day I have picked to pack away my winter boots and scarves, weather be damned. No matter what, I’ll just do it…and pull out my favorite pair of flip flops in anticipation of a sock-less existence in the future.

April 15th-ish: The annual Tulip Festival will take place at the West Side  Community Garden on West 89th between Broadway and Amsterdam. One of my favorite hidden treasures in New York. Thousands of tulips in every hue imaginable. Tulip nirvana.

April 17th: The Tribeca Film Festival begins! Movies! DeNiro!

May 5th: Cinco de Mayo. Sexto de margaritas.

June 17th: Believe it or not, after over five long years, the construction on the Washington Square Park has a definite and final end date.

I feel better already. This should help get me through the next couple of weeks, no? What are you looking forward to?