5 Ways to Fall in Love in Greenwich Village on Valentine’s Day

Greenwich Village on Valentine's Day Date Ideas Guide

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and here in Greenwich Village the air sparkles with the charm, romance, and anticipation this day radiates during the darker days of winter. Maybe it’s true or maybe it’s just your imagination, but everywhere you look on the 14th of February you see couples embracing, holding hands, and whispering […]

Hot Chocolate!

kid drinking hot chocolate

Oh the weather outside is frightful…well, not really. Still, we’re right in the middle of the throes of winter daydreaming about a few of our favorite things. Whiskers on kittens are delightful, but mid-January calls for something more appetizing. Either a sweet and creamy hot cocoa or steamy spiced cider should be on every New […]

Ice Skating in New York City

ice skating in Central Park

Manhattan Locations to Lace Up Your Skates Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers Location: 61 Chelsea Piers, New York, NY 10011 Phone: 212-336-6100 Website: www.chelseapiers.com/sr/general-skating The Rink at Bryant Park Location: Midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues Contact: Bryant Park Corporation, 1065 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 2400, NY, NY […]

Carnegie Hall on the Cheap

Orchestra on stage at Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall has to be one of the…okay, the most venerated concert venue here in the city. It opened in 1891 and has hosted the world’s finest artists ever since. Tchaikovskey, Mahler, Gershwin, Holiday, Garland, the Beatles…all of these greats have played this hallowed hall. And the luminaries of today are still chomping at the […]

Celebrating Black History Month in Manhattan

Victor Hugo Green for Black History Month in Manhattan

We often hear the names of famous African American icons, such as Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington and Martin Luther King Jr. Most people don’t realize that New York has its own share of lesser known political activists and abolitionists, noteworthy scholars, and proponents of social justice—many with ties to Manhattan. Here’s a look at […]


Drawing of whiskey bottles

Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough. —Mark Twain We agree! That’s why we’re looking forward to the New York City Whiskey Walk this Saturday, March 2nd. Scotch, bourbon and rye lovers can roam the streets of downtown together and sample different varieties of the good stuff at […]

The Orchid Show

Orchids at the Botanical Gardens

We really think that we’re so crazy about the annual Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx because, to us, it’s a harbinger of spring. (A season that is coming to every town near you on March 20th, people. Get ready!) But, you know what? We’d love to visit these beauties […]

What’s Happening at our Museums?

Robert Mapplethorpe

Listen up, everyone, because we’ve got a couple of cool exhibitions taking place here in the city this spring: Barcelona’s favorite son Joan Miró’s surrealistic art will be on display at the Museum of Modern Art through June 15th. In this show, visitors can expect to find around sixty paintings, works on paper, prints, illustrated […]

Time Travel With Us

Drawing of the WSP arch in 1925.

If you hadn’t already noticed, all of us here at the hotel are obsessed with history. So when we found this cool film from The New Yorker that juxtaposes the New York City of today with that of the 1930’s, we just had to share it! My, my how things have changed. For one, check […]

The Oscars: 1929–2019

2019 Oscar Awards

Sunday February 24 marks the 91st annual Oscars, and they’ve come a long way in nearly a century’s time! How did they first come to be, and how have they evolved over the years? Let’s take a look at the history of the Oscars. The Beginning The first Oscars were held on May 16, 1929, […]

Funky President!

James Brown

We’re celebrating Presidents Day, people! Lots of folks have the day off…hopefully they’re catching a movie, settling down to a leisurely lunch or finally finishing that book they love. Here at WSH and North Square, we’re open for business, so come on by for a drink or a nosh or a chat. But just because […]

In Celebration of Dogs

Two cute dogs

Attention canine lovers! Get thee to the American Kennel Club to celebrate man’s best friend through art, books and interactive media. Introducing the Museum of the Dog! In this recently-opened gallery you’ll find one of the largest collections of art devoted to tail-waggers in the world, a pooch-centered library with over 42,000 books and even […]

Spreading the Love!

Couple holding hands.

So, as you all know, we have had some amazing artists stay at our little hotel throughout the years. (Yes, we are lucky and yes, we know it.) As it’s Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share some of our favorite songs of infatuation, longing and devotion recorded by these greats. Yeah, we’d like to think […]

A Single’s Guide to Reinventing Valentine’s Day

Single Lady on Valentine's Day

Going solo can be tough in February. Whether you are single by chance or by choice, when Valentine’s Day rolls around even the most self-confident person can end up feeling like a third wheel. Take heart; the focus on February 14th hasn’t always been on romance. According to NPR.org, the uncertain origins of the holiday […]

Lost Love in the Park

Tor Miller

Tor Miller is a Brooklyn-born indie pop musician–a truly home-grown New York City artist. One of us. He attended college at NYU and, in his tune, Washington Square Park, reminisces about his former backyard…and lost love. Perfect tune for this Valentine’s Day week. Image in the public domain.


Jerry Seinfeld

Is there any show in the world that screams, “New York!” more than Seinfeld? Our beautiful city was the back drop for the zany antics of Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer from 1989 through 1998. Remember Elaine freaking out when she got stuck on the subway on her way to a wedding? Or Kramer giving […]

Cupid’s Undie Run

People running across the street in their underwear.

Yeah, you read that right. Here’s what you need to know… WHO: Anyone who is comfortable running in their skivvies. WHAT: Cupid’s Indie Run 2019 WHEN: This Saturday, February 9th, noon to 4 p.m. WHERE: Stage 48 at 605 West 48th St. (Between 11th and 12th.) WHY: Showing off your six pack or runner’s shins? […]

Heart of the City: Take on Manhattan with a Greenwich Village Getaway!

champagne for 2 at WSH

With more than 8.6 million residents, there is sure to be a lot of love in New York City this Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking for romance, Manhattan has the other boroughs beat. From serving as a backdrop for hit romantic films to the Diamond District where engagements are set in stone, love will definitely […]

Andy Warhol

Warhol's Marilyn Monroe silkscreen

Andy Warhol got his fifteen minutes of fame…and then some. To celebrate the late artist, the Whitney Museum is hosting an exhibition: Andy Warhol–From A to B and Back Again through the end of March. This has been a long time coming, as it’s the first Warhol retrospective organized by a U.S. institution since 1989–two years […]

Football in the Village

Tom Brady & Jared Goff

If you’re here at the hotel for the Super Bowl Sunday this weekend (February 3rd), you don’t have to miss the big game! Sure, you can watch it in your room, but, hey, that’s no fun. The whole point of championship games is to get together and celebrate, or grouse, with your fellow fans. Here […]

Spend Valentine’s Day With Us!

Chocolate mousse cake.

Chef Yoel Cruz is up to his old tricks, and by that, we mean coming up with a killer, over-the-top romantic and delicious V-Day dinner. Count us in! He’ll start off the meal with an amuse bouche, because he’s fancy like that: burratini and beets, which is fresh Murray’s (the BEST cheesemonger here in the […]

How to have a Guilt-Free Shopping Spree in Greenwich Village

boutique shopping in Greenwich Village

It’s no secret that New York City is expensive, and after the holidays, budgets are tight. But with these tips, you can enjoy a quintessential Greenwich Village shopping experience, guilt-free. 1. Shop Vintage, Consignment, and Resale In the modern era, fast fashion reigns supreme. Before the models have even left the catwalk, big retailers are […]

Westminster Dog Show!

Smiling white dog

We all love our dogs, and believe that ours is the most beautiful, smart, and talented four-footed creature in the world. (Ours really is. Seriously.) I’m sure the hundreds of dog owners who enter their pups in the Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show feel exactly the same way. Hundreds of tail-waggers are represented in […]

Happy Birthday, Dr. King!

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” –Martin Luther King, Jr. Spread love, everyone. xoxo Image via Haydé Adams FitzPatrick/Flickr

Chelsea Galleries

eChelseaFancy New York City art galleries have become pop culture tropes. Some rube makes a faux pas that ultimately teaches scenester snobs a lesson they never saw coming. But our art spaces are actually quite welcoming. The Chelsea galleries open their doors to the public on Thursdays, and, get this, often even serve wine. Take […]

Cassoulet, s’il vous plait!

Pot of cassoulet

Winter weather just screams cassoulet! That rich, slow-cooked casserole of meat (typically pork sausage, goose, and duck), pork skin, and white beans…lots and lots of white beans. Our friends in the southwest area of France known as the Languedoc region created it; we’re happily benefitting from their culinary imagination. We’re thrilled to tell our guests […]

We Love Central Park in the Winter

Snowy path in Central Park

We thought that our guests traveling here in the next few months would like this handy-dandy guide on how to take advantage of Central Park in the winter: http://assets.centralparknyc.org/pdfs/guides/Winter-Guide-2019.pdf For instance, the famed carousel is still open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. all winter long, weather permitting. Folks can play chess, checkers, Scrabble and […]

Color Factory

People frolicking in a ball pit.

I guess you could say that we’re immature…frankly, we prefer the term “in touch with our inner child”, but so be it. It should then come as no surprise that we’re crazy about an installation called Color Factory in Soho. Color Factory is a collaborative interactive exhibit that debuted in San Francisco in August 2017, […]

Hey Nonna! What’s for Dinner?

Grandmother bending over a stove

We all love our grandmas, nonnas, abuelas, or yayas. If they’re no longer with us, we miss their hugs, silly jokes and stories…but most of all, we miss their food. Enoteca Maria is a restaurant in the St. George section of Staten Island that wants to bring back that feeling you got when Grammy used […]

Strawberry Fields Forever


Central Park Conservancy guided tour It’s been almost forty years since John Lennon left us. (Can you believe it?) Gone, but, to use an old cliché, not forgotten. His music is just as relevant today and, as far as we’re concerned, will live forever. The Strawberry Fields Imagine plaque The often-visited marker is dedicated to […]



Happy Friday, everyone. It’s chilly here in the city; the wind is fierce, whipping around the buildings, blowing hats off of our heads and freezing our faces. Plus we’re expecting a dusting of snow on Saturday night! All this makes us think of one of our favorite songs of winter longing, written by Neil Young and […]

Look Ma, No Pants!

Woman wearing no pants at No-Pants-Subway-Ride

About The Annual No Pants Subway Ride “Offeth with thy pantaloons,” Shakespeare would say if he were around today for a New York City tradition. The 18th Annual No Pants Subway Ride will take place this Sunday, January 13th. The title pretty much says it all. People jump on various trains around the city wearing […]

Broadway on the Cheap!

Carole King at the piano Broadway Cheap

We all know that one of the main reasons people visit us here in New York City is for our fabulous Broadway shows. And the restaurants. And the museums. And the….okay, there are a lot of reasons folks travel here, but catching a Broadway show is surely in the Top 5. Enter Broadway Week! A […]

Snow Day!

People on skis in Central Park.

Nobody, but nobody comes to New York City expecting to engage in winter sports. But what if we told you that for one day a year, Central Park turns into a winter wonderland where participants can ski, sled, ice skate and more? Yes, the snow is courtesy of a snow machine, but the cold weather […]

Exploring Greenwich Village: Winter Edition

Exploring Greenwich-Village-Snowy Street

Summer is a notoriously popular time to visit New York City, and for good reason. Outdoor fun abounds, from music festivals to strolls through verdant parks. But in a neighborhood as vibrant as Greenwich Village, the goings-on never slow down, even as winter settles over the city. In fact, the window of time after the […]

Cher on Broadway

Cher on Broadway Stage

Which Cher is your favorite Cher? The naive, wide-eyed teenager who came to our attention as one-half of Sonny & Cher, of I Got You Babe fame? Or her next incarnation as a solo artist (Half-Breed, Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves) thriving in her own musical variety show while suffering in a doomed marriage to Gregg […]

Put On Your Hard Hats

A friend of ours took an interesting tour a few weeks ago. Did you know that there are 90-minute tours of the hospital complex in Ellis island? The place has been shuttered for about sixty years, and now that it’s open, revealing an overlooked story in immigration in the United States. Approximately one immigrant out […]

Happy New Year!

Champagne-Toast-Happy New-Years

No folks, we were not there. We were toasty and cozy at North Square. Happy New Year to all of our guests around the world. Love, Your Friends at the Washington Square Hotel Image via Facebook Featured image via Marco Verch/Flickr

Beating the Winter Blues

Beating the Winter Blues in Winter New York City

4 ways to beat the winter blues Enduring the winter season is the greatest challenge of living in the Northern Hemisphere. The sun hangs low in the sky, it is dark upon awakening and sunset is long before bedtime. Most of us working in an office scarcely get to see the light of day. Because of […]

10 Best Photo Opps With Santa Claus When He Comes to Town

Best Photo Opps with Santa in NYC

Now that the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade is over, Santa Claus has officially landed in New York City. As far as we’re concerned, our town is his base for the holiday season. How else can you explain why there’s more than one place where you can meet the great gift-giving, sleigh riding, cookie-chomping icon, whether you’ve […]

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade: Tips on How to See It

Kermit the Frog at Macys Thanksgiving Parade

The annual spectacular will turn 92 this year! Here’s everything you need to know about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and how to see it: WHO:  Macy’s does it again! They host this favorite annual NYC tradition and make it the most spectacular Thanksgiving parade in the world. The Parade is hosted by various NBC reporters who seem […]

Snow Day! Photos of NY in the Snow.

We had our first snowfall of the year this week. New York always looks especially lovely covered in white. Check it out: Image via Facebook Image via Facebook Image via Facebook Image via Facebook Image via Facebook Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend! Featured image via Facebook

5 Reasons to Go to The Amazing Holiday Train Show

Holiday Train Show Botanical Gardens

All aboard for the Holiday Train Show! Imagine miniature trains humming through a landscape of New York’s most iconic landmarks with their thousands of lights twinkling! And the most amazing thing is that everything (except the trains!) is made of twigs, bark and other natural materials. The Holiday Train Show is one of NYC’s favorite holiday […]

Autumn Leaves!


We think that the Fall months are probably the most beautiful time to visit our city and enjoy the autumn leaves. Exploring Central Park when the giant Maples turn blazing red and the Linden trees glow yellow and orange is breathtaking. Take a trip to the Botanical gardens in Brooklyn or the Bronx for a glorious day […]

NYC Marathon Sunday

NYC Marathon Sunday Starting line at Verrazano Bridge

Yep, it’s that time of year. Tomorrow night, you will see thousands of extremely fit (and we mean zero-%-body fat fit) men and women carb-loading to prepare for the NYC Marathon. Here’s what you want to know about NYC Marathon Sunday: How the NYC Marathon got it’s start The first New York City Marathon was […]

NYC Rooftop Gardens: An Enchanting Oasis Above the Clouds

Washington Square Hotel NYC Rooftop Gardens

History of NYC Rooftop Gardens Rooftop garden theaters in the Gilded Age had elaborate decorations and its owners enjoyed indulgent entertainment. With the recent implementation of electricity, it was an exciting time for New Yorker’s to peer down into the streets. The NYC rooftop garden has been rediscovered as valuable real estate. Its entertainment past […]

You’re Invited to The Village Trip

The Village Trip Festival Graphic

We may be biased, but we think our bohemian, artistic neighborhood, Greenwich Village, is amazing in so many ways. From the folk scene of the 1960s to the fountains in Washington Square Park, our neighborhood offers visitors and locals offbeat activities, rich culture, top-notch restaurants, and excellent shopping. We’re honored to support a new festival […]

Greenwich Village, a Hollywood Inspiration – Part 2

Greenwich Village Hollywood Inspiration Village Alleyway

New York City is a common backdrop in movies, but more specifically, the quaint and artistic features of Greenwich Village make this neighborhood an idyllic setting for films of all genres. Recently, we published Part 1 of this blog article about the artistic inspiration Greenwich Village provides Hollywood directors, actors, and producers. Learn more about […]

Who Was Garibaldi?

Who Was Garibaldi His Statue in Washington Square Park

Since our hotel is just a few steps away from Garibaldi’s statue in Washington Square Park and we walk by it every day, we began to wonder, who exactly was Garibaldi? Garibaldi Plaza, in Washington Square Park, hosts many events: concerts, dance performance…even yoga classes. How to find the Statue You can easily find the square by […]

Greenwich Village, a Hollywood Inspiration – Part 1

Hollywood Inspiration in Movies

Locals know this New York City neighborhood as a bohemian refuge, blossoming with artistic inspiration and the home to New York University and the New School. But Hollywood has been inspired by Greenwich Village forever. Maybe it’s the architecture, maybe it’s just the vibe. Nestled between the East River, Hudson River, Houston Street, and 14th […]