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Abingdon Square: 183 years ago…

On April 22, 1831, the City of New York acquired the land that is now one of my favorite places in the West Village, Abingdon Square Park. Once part of the vast Sir Peter Warren estate, Abingdon Square was named for Warren’s son-in-law, the Fourth Earl of Abingdon.

abingdonWe have written about this place before, here and here for example. But I can never get enough of Abingdon Square Park.

Last October, GVSHP partnered with Greenmarket and GrowNYC on a history and photo exhibit at the Abingdon Square Greenmarket, which operates there on Saturdays all year long. We had so much fun meeting people and sharing historic photos of the neighborhood. And in February we presented a program featuring the founder of Greenmarket, Barry Benepe, who talked about bringing farmer’s markets back to New York City in the 1970’s. Through his efforts, New Yorkers are now able (and encouraged!) to purchase farm-fresh produce at such markets at Union Square, Tompkins Square, and Abingdon Square. You can see a video of that program here.

Abingdon Square Greenmarket

The NYC Parks Department locks the park at night and unlocks it in the morning, and collects the trash, but unfortunately, doesn’t do much else.  It’s the Abingdon Square Conservancy that works hard to keep the park beautiful, by planting and caring for the trees, flowers, and shrubs that bloom in the spring, summer and fall, but of course they need your help. Their 2nd Annual Tulip Gala is coming up, so join the party! Here is more information from our friend Joe Mayock:

The Abingdon Square Conservancy will hold its Second Annual Tulip Gala on Wednesday, April 30, 7-9 pm at the same location as last year, 632 On Hudson (Hudson Street between Jane and Horatio Streets). A host of neighborhood businesses will be providing a variety of delicious food and drink.  Attendees will get a chance to meet the founding members of the Conservancy’s new Advisory Board.  And the Conservancy will send you home with a limited edition tote bag – new for 2014. The Conservancy is responsible for raising 100% of the Square’s operating budget through private donations.  The Tulip Gala is the single largest source of revenue for the Square. Tickets are $50 per person in advance / $60 at the door. You can register online at https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/AbingdonSquareConservancy/SpringTulipGala14-1.html  or by calling 646-397-8881.

I know I’ll be there.

Tulips in Abingdon Square
Tulips in Abingdon Square


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