Waverly Place

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Waverly Place as the northern boundary of Washington Square Park.

Waverly Place is a narrow street in the Greenwich Village section of New York City, in the borough of Manhattan that runs from Bank Street to Broadway. Waverly changes direction roughly at its midpoint at Christopher Street, turning about 120 degrees from a north/south street to a northwest/southeast street. At the intersection where this transition occurs, Waverly branches into a Y, creating an intersection of Waverly Place and Waverly Place. Washington Square North, which is part of Waverly Place, is a short street in Greenwich Village in Manhattan in New York City. It presents a unified line of Greek Revival townhouses, sometimes called "the Row", across from the northern side of Washington Square Park, a 9.75 acres (3.95 ha) public park. The "Washington Square North" designation only applies to the street for two blocks on the northern end of the park.

The street was named after Sir Walter Scott's novel Waverley in 1833; prior to that it was called Art Street.[1]

History of Washington Square North[edit]

In the 1840s, New York City's elite established Washington Square, far from the increasingly commercial environment of Lower Manhattan, as the address of choice. Anchored by the mansion of William C. Rhinelander at the center of Washington Square North, "the Row" of Greek Revival town houses on either side of Fifth Avenue presented the unified and dignified appearance of privilege.

When the center of New York City society moved north after the American Civil War, the houses on the square came to represent the gentility of a bygone age. Henry James, whose grandmother lived at 18 Washington Square North, depicted this nostalgic view in his 1880 tragicomedic novel, Washington Square. Today, most of the buildings belong to New York University.

1–3 Washington Square North[edit]

Perhaps no building in New York City is more closely associated with a single artist than this 1830s row house. From 1913 until his death in May 1967, the artist Edward Hopper and his wife, Josephine Hopper, lived in a studio on the building's top floor. Chosen for its low rent and the artist's belief that his hero, the American artist Thomas Eakins had painted there, Hopper and his wife leased rooms having neither heat nor private bath. They decorated their rooms simply, with pieces of early American furniture.

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  1. ^ Henry Moscow, The Street Book: An Encyclopedia of Manhattan's Street Names and Their Origins (Hagstrom Co., 1978; ISBN 0910684073), p. 49.
  2. ^ Arak, Joey (August 24, 2010). "Don Draper Lives Dangerously Close to Comely Undergrads". Curbed NY.

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