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It Happened on Washington Square (Center Books on Space, Place, and Time) Hardcover – October 9, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Center Books on Space, Place, and Time
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press (October 9, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801870887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801870880
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,600,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An excellent history of Washington Square from potter's field to stronghold of bohemia... A must for any New York bookshelf." -- Pete Hamill, New York Daily News



"A detailed history of Washington Square Park, the heart of Greenwich Village, that reflects its growth and change from farmland to the elite enclave described by Henry James and Edith Wharton to the present dominance of New York University... Numerous black-and-white drawings, maps, and photographs help track the changes... A well-documented account of Washington Square and its vicissitudes." -- Kirkus Reviews



"Emily Kies Folpe has captured much of what is peculiar, that is, both strange and unique, about Greenwich Village... A gem of a book that thoroughly investigates and marvelously illustrates this 'small park with a long history.'." -- Leslie Fishbein, Journal of American History



"Transports the reader through time and across space while providing a distinct sense of place." -- Glynn C. Kelso, Journal of Cultural Geography



"Folpe's objective is to examine the locale's development against the backdrop of change in both the city and the country. Her analysis of the Square's many transitions is particularly strong... Her engaging history shows that the area has always been contested territory, with different interest groups leaving their imprint." -- Stephen Petrus, New York History

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"It Happened on Washington Square by Emily Kies Folpe is a thorough and thoroughly delightful look at the long and far-from-finished history of one of America's most beloved and enduring city parks -- a small but life-shaping place for generation after generation that now has its own historian." -- Tony Hiss, author of The Experience of Place

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "rik1942" on December 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a lively history of Washington Square Park from its beginnings to its present embodiment. It is also a pocket history of some of the notabale events in NYC itself. The book is written in a highly readable style and filled with pictures tracing the history of the park. A veritable who's who of NYC politicians and artists parade through the pages illustrating the central role played by the park during NYC's development.
Dr. Folpe thorough research illuminates the text without bogging down in acedemic trivia. This is a fascinating history for anyone who loves New York City or is curious as to how it became the art center of the country.
I would recommend this book as a most enjoyable and informative read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "janevaningen" on November 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Folpe spent years going through archives and talking to locals to unearth a detailed history of Washington Square. Her research paid off. This is technically an academic book, but the prose is so engaging and lively that anyone who has even a remote interest in Washington Square will enjoy this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ERIC,F SHELTON,CT. on January 15, 2006
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I lived for a time, in the Village, during the 60`s, at times in a haze. Therefore I never got to know the Square and her glorious history,so this book gave me an insight to a wonderful place and the many historical events that took place there. It is well written, and the reader knows, the writer has a very close connection to the Village and the Square and Her people. G.F.St.J. Connecticut.
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If one is into NYC history, especially Greenwich Village, then this book is for you. Thorough history of Washington Square is good, but not for everybody.
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