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One of my favorite places: Washington Square Park is one of the more famous of the city's 1,900 public parks, at a comfortable ten acres. It occupies some pricey property, however, as it's situated in Greenwich Village. This is also its most famous feature, the Washington Arch, which dates to 1892. The fountain is also a popular spot, with locals and tourists alike. I was here to visit NYU, as most of the adjacent structures are now affiliated with the university. There are also some statues and monuments to various figures, such as Washington and Giuseppe Garibaldi. It was originally acquired by the city as a public burial ground, but the cemetery was closed in 1825. The remains of more than 20,000 people still lie under Washington Square, however. The area was made into a public park in 1850, and it was granted to the Department of Parks. The arch was built to celebrate the centennial of George Washington's inauguration in 1899. The original one was plaster and wood, but it proved so popular that a permanent one was erected in 1892, made of Tuckahoe marble, designed by New York architect Stanford White. It stands 77 feet, and the inscription reads: "Let us raise a standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. The event is in the hand of God." -Washington. It was reportedly modeled after the 1806 Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The two statues were added in 1918.
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