But Sasaki Garden, the one-and-a-half acre greenspace designed within the four buildings and on top of the complex’s sublevel parking garage, scored a better reception.
And no wonder, thanks to the walkways and benches that wind around an incredible variety of plants and trees: crabapple trees (and their beautiful blossoms), Japanese maples, dogwoods, maples, even a weeping willow.
The slab-like buildings are like fortresses hiding a treasure within their walls.
You can’t really experience its beauty unless you take a walk through it—which the general public might technically be allowed to do, as no sign says it’s for residents only.
Go now, while the pillowy pink and white blossoms are still out, because Sasaki Garden may not be around much longer.
New York University bought Washington Square Village in the early 1960s; faculty and grad students occupy the apartments.
Yet NYU’s 2031 expansion plan calls for towering new buildings to cut into the garden and disrupt the original design. (The plan is currently on hold thanks to a recent legal decision.)
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