Neighborhood

Jefferson Market, New York Public Library was built in 1833 and served as a courthouse until 1945.

Jefferson Market Court, Oct 21, 1935 – Bernice Abbott – From the Museum of the City of New York – WPA Collection

Jefferson Market Library, present day.

MacDougal Alley was built in the 1830s as stables for the town homes of Washington Square North. By the early 1900s,  the stables were renovated into artists’ studios and became home to Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and Jackson Pollock.

MacDougal Alley, March 20, 1936 – Bernice Abbott – From the Museum of the City of New York – WPA Collection

MacDougal Alley

Washington Square Park, one of the most celebrated parks in New York City, has a rich history dating back to the early 17th century.

Washington Square, Looking North,  April 16, 1936 – Bernice Abbott – From the Museum of the City of New York – WPA Collection

Washington Square Park

These townhomes from the 1840s on Washington Square North were once home to New York City’s elite.

Washington Square North, Numbers 21-25, August 12, 1936 – Bernice Abbott – From the Museum of the City of New York – WPA Collection

These residences were once home to Edward Hopper and Thomas Eakins.

Sheridan Square was named in 1896 in honor of Civil War General Philip Sheridan and was dedicated as a small park in 1982. The sculpture “Gay Liberation “ by George Segal was the first piece of public art dedicated to LGBT rights.

Washington Square Park

Patchin Place, built in the late 1840s, became a writers enclave for luminaries such as E.E. Cummings, Louise Bryant and John Reed.