Paris in New York?

I’m a lucky girl. The office of my host company, Build Academy, is located in the NYU campus, right in the middle of Manhattan, next to Washington Square Park.


This park is really one of a kind. Artists. Live jazz music. Street performers. Phd nerds. NYU students. Sunbathing tourists. A cemetery. Dog walking locals. A children’s playground. A battleground for chess aficionados. Open tango lessons. The list of happenings and people passing through Washington Square park is long. No wonder some of the world’s most famous movies have been shot here. When Sally Met Harry and Sex and The City to mention a few.

Washinqton Square park is an open space, dominated by its landmark, Washington Arch. It has stood in this spot for over 100 years, reigning over the park’s colorful and constantly evolving culture and History. It’s an architectural beauty, moduled by Stanford White and built in 1892. If you’ve seen Arch de Triomph in Paris, you can probably see where White got his inspiration from, even though he looked to make this version more modern and simple than the one in Paris.

The area around Washington Square Park and Greenwich village bursts in interesting architectural attractions. So if you’re interested in learning more while walking the streets of New York, I can highly recommend Build Academy’s tour in West Village and Chelsea

Emilia Björk


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