August 27, 2011

Photos: Improbable Signage in Washington Square Park: "Hurricane Condition - Park Closed Today"

It's muggy this morning. Manhattan feels like an island.

Washington Square Park, closed, hurricane
"Hurricane Condition - "Park Closed Today." Washington Square Park.


The scene in Washington Square Park looked fairly typical for a late summer morning, except for the signs. A few people took their dogs for a stroll. Several homeless people - but fewer than usual - started to wake up from their usual benches. One or two people stretched and exercised next to the fountain area.

Washington Square Park, closed, hurricane
Washington Square Park. Washington Arch.


One World Trade Center, under construction, as seen from Washington Square Park, NYC
View of One World Trade Center, under construction, as seen from Washington Square Park.


At around 8 a.m., in preparation for the potential impact of Hurricane Irene, staff members of the NYC Park Department finished closing the park by arranging barricades at the entrances, affixing chain licks, and posting signs. The signs read "Hurricane Condition - Park Closed Today." Some people ignored the signs and walked around the barricades.

Washington Square Park, closed, hurricane
Not just another summer day in Washington Square Park.


In advance of the storm, I worry a lot about the trees.

Images by Walking Off the Big Apple. Around 8:15 a.m., Saturday, August 27, 2011. All rights reserved.

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