Fake Studio: Interviewing passersby


Site: Washington Square Park

Artifact: Washington Square Arch





How often do you come here?

  • Twice a week? Because I go past it when I am on my way to work
  • Once a month
  • Almost everyday.

What is your favorite thing about this place?

  • I like this place because Washington Squae Park is in Greenwich Village, which is home to NYU. I felt like it is very bohemian and artsy, home to artists, musicians, and jazz.

What do you normally do in this place?

  • Last night, my boyfriend and I spent few hours together after dinner, chatting about everything and anything that came to the head. We talked about the best soft ice cream in Union Square, the ferry that we rode for the first time together, and cocktails on the rooftop at the end of the day.
  • I go around New York and take videos. Washington Sqaure Park has always been one of my favorite places in NYC.

Do you know any interesting facts about this place?

  • I heard that around 1800s, the place was used as a public grave sire and over 20,000 people are still buried under the park. I am not sure if it is true or not though.



Background research of Washington Square park

  • The arch was built to celebrate George Washington’s inauguration.
  • At first, the arch was made of wood and stucco.
  • It was redesigned with marble to keep it permanent.
  • Cars no longer pass under the arch as they once did
  • In 1797, the land was used for public executions, giving rise to the legend of the “Hangman’s Elm”, which means “The Hanging Tree”.

Works Cited

Nyu.edu. (2018). Washington Square Arch. Available at: http://www.nyu.edu/classes/finearts/nyc/westvil/arch.html. Accessed 18 Oct. 2018].

Penavic, V. (2018). The Top 10 Secrets of the Washington Square Arch in NYC. Untapped Cities. Available at: https://untappedcities.com/2016/03/25/the-top-10-secrets-of-the-washington-square-arch-in-nyc/. Accessed 18 Oct. 2018.



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