Artists, protesters and other entertaining eccentrics often frequent this park.
Then make your way to the neighborhood’s heart: Washington Square Park, which was refurbished in 2007. The mini Arc de Triomphe, built in 1892 in honor of George Washington and sitting at the start of Fifth Avenue, has been featured in countless films. Locals and tourists alike come here to listen to the buskers, walk their dogs, and lounge on the grass.
Surrounding the square for the most part are the buildings of New York University. Though once the center of Bohemian life (Jimi Hendrix' Electric Lady Studios are at 52 West 8th Street and Bob Dylan lived at 94 MacDougal Street), today it's one of the most sought-after places to live.