My 9-year-old son Jamie is obsessed with chess. I taught him a few basic moves at 5, and then he went on to chess club, summer camp and now, tournaments. All that formal training made him a competent player, but didn’t teach him the strategy and anticipation so vital to winning. Those things he learned from a bunch of chess hustlers in Washington Square.
Jamie’s residency in the West Village’s scrappy chess scene began about a year ago, when he asked if he could play a game with the guys one day on our way home from school. He sat down gamely in front of Dwight, a soft-spoken man in a Seventh Day Adventist windbreaker. Dwight waited half way through the game before he started coaching Jamie. His two pieces of advice: don’t move the queen out too early and keep control of the center. Jamie pocketed the advice, gave Dwight “a donation” and was immediately hooked.
It can be hard to know where all the bodies are buried in New York (Washington Square Park, Bryant Park and Madison Square Park are just a few of the city’s re-purposed resting places).
Potter’s fields rarely fare well over time (regardless of the surrounding real estate’s desirability), but many of the city’s historic cemeteries have been well-loved—watched over by attentive congregations, descendants and preservationists (see: the Trinity Church graveyard in lower Manhattan).
Unfortunately, even the most attentive caretakers cannot always protect the dead from development, or an errant backhoe.
Anything related to the Israel-Palestine conflict is sure to be controversial. That’s what makes it so much fun.
And so it was with the graffiti-covered faux-bomb shelter/art installation erected in Washington Square Park on Monday afternoon.
At issue was a Sderot-style bunker of the sort used by Israelis when Palestinian militants lob missles over the Read More
They’re a far cry from today’s graffiti-covered, bathroom-stall-deprived johns.
Washington Square Park’s spiffy new bathrooms, pictured in the renderings to the right, will have solar thermal panels on the roof and a geothermal system, according to Parks spokeswoman Cristina DeLuca. The men’s room, apparently long the site of amorous hook-ups, will even have Read More
Today, presidential candidate John Edwards spoke in Washington Square Park at a rally in support of striking television writers. A few weeks earlier, Mr. Edwards had popped in on the strike lines in Los Angeles.
"We’re in this together," Mr. Edwards said, according to Variety.
"Stay strong, stay together," Mr. Edwards Read More
In this week’s Villager (article not posted online till tomorrow), Lincoln Anderson reports that that City Council member Alan Gerson is threatening to withhold $6 million from the Parks Department for the long-delayed and -debated renovation of Washington Square Park. It seems that Parks reneged on a promise it made to Mr. Read More
In the past year, I’ve visited nearly 100 restaurants, eaten at least a dozen tuna tartares, over 20 plates of “crudo,” a flock of organic chickens, God knows how many pounds of grass-fed beef, and enough fish to fill a tank at the Coney Island Aquarium. So this week seems a good time for a Read More
75 Washington Place
(Between Sixth Avenue and Washington Square Park)
Noise Level: Low
Wine List: Unusual selections from small vineyards, reasonable prices
Credit Cards: All major
Price Range: Main courses, $28 to $32
Dinner: Monday through Saturday, Read More
Washington Square Park has been due to get its three-year, $16 million face-lift for several months now, with only a consensus among community groups and the Parks Department standing in the way of the groundbreaking.
Last April, Community Board 2 finally weighed in on the Parks Department’s plan, passing a resolution that supported the Read More
On Wednesday, July 27, Community Board 4 put the kibosh on fashion trade-show production company ENK’s plan to tent over the basketball and handball courts of DeWitt Clinton Park, at 53rd and 12th Avenue, in order to hold an invitation-only “Fashion Coterie” womenswear trade show for 600 guests. The event would have occupied the space, Read More