Dachshund Fiesta in Washington Square Park

As Nancy and Dick will attest, some organized thing or other is always happening in Washington Square Park! This past Saturday was warm and sunny, and as I crossed the park on my way to the library, I couldn’t help noticing that there were little dachshund dogs, everywhere–often two or three to a person!  They were very cute in their multiplicity!! When I got back home, I “googled” “dachshunds Washington Square Park, April 24, 2010,” and lo and behold, what I’d stumbled into was the 2010 Spring Dachshund Fiesta! Here’s a video posted on YouTube by a proud dachshund owner:

And here’re the words to the song that you can hear a little bit in the background — along with a link to a recording of it:

There’s no other dog like a dachshund,
Walking so close to the ground,
They’re stubborn and sly as a fox and
The happiest pet to be found.

Most kinds of dogs seem to either
Have shapes or proportions all wrong;
They’re only one way or the other,
But dachshunds are both short and long.

Dachsie, meine dachsie,
The best canine under the sun,
Call you “wiener” or “sausage” or “hotdog”,
We know that you’re number one.

. . . and to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street, er Washington Square!!

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Washington Square Park — new and improved!

Washington Square Park reopening 5/19/09

Washington Square Park reopening 5/19/09

This past Tuesday (5/19) was a perfect May day here–sunshine, 70-something, low humidity–and it was all the more perfect because Washington Square Park emerged all sparkling and green after 18 months of renovation. Well, the west side emerged; now it will be the east side’s turn to be closed off for renovation! In the meantime, we have new walkways with granite paving stones (in the place of wavy and blistered blacktop), new lighting, new grass and plantings, new benches and tables — on and on! Most of all, there’s a new fountain, which, unlike the old one, is centered on the Arch. The whole project of taking out the old fountain to put in a new, centered one had been much derided by neighborhood activists; as Tuesday’s New York Times article put it, “Would the fountain in Washington Square Park lose something by being a little less off-kilter?” As I meandered through the park Tuesday afternoon (having been alerted by Arcadia from across the country that it was reopened; she’d seen the NYTs article!), everyone looked utterly charmed and bedazzled by the new fountain and the rest of the new park too! The headline of the NYTs article was “Greenwich Village Has Its Backyard Again” — make that living room, ballroom, and theatre too! See photo here, and more in “snap shot alley”!