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Washington Square: 1921

Washington Square: 1921

New York circa 1921. "Greenwich Village, Manhattan -- Washington Square and Fifth Avenue." 5x7 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.


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I Am Legend home

Just to the right of the arch across the street was home to the fictional
character Robert Neville from the 2007 movie "I Am Legend". Neville (played by Will Smith) mutant-proofed this brownstone in the post-apocalyptic world he inhabited, although in the end (spoiler alert!!!) it wasn't quite enough to keep the most determined mutants at bay.

In reality, all those brownstones to the right of the arch are now occupied by offices of New York University. Come to think of it, most of the square and much of Greenwich Village is owned by NYU!!


Two weekends ago, over Thanksgiving. No more cars driving through, and they've moved the fountain over.


The white figure in center of picture, walking across street. Can anybody comment as to what the outfit is?

[White! - Dave]

We're Number Two

The Met Life Tower in the distance was the tallest building in the world from 1909 to 1913, when it was surpassed by the Woolworth Building.

To be honest, I'm not sure it was still No. 2 in 1921, as so many tall buildings sprouted up in Manhattan in the early 1900s. It might have been just an ordinary 700-foot skyscraper.

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