Two ways of looking at Abingdon Square

Originally part of the estate of Peter Warren in the 1700s, the West Village’s Abingdon Square—really a triangle—was named after the Fourth Duke of Abingdon, who married Warren’s daughter. The land was kind of a wedding present to the couple; it was made into a public park in 1831.

At the time, mansions lined the park. According to a 1921 New York Times article, one of those old mansions was still standing on the corner of Bleecker and Bank Streets.

This photo depicts Abingdon Square around 1900:

abingdonsquare1900

The park doesn’t look much different in this 2008 photo. Some of the buildings surrounding it have changed; there’s a Bing and Bing pre-war apartment house facing the park on West 12th Street, plus another big pre-war building looming nearby on Jane Street.

abingdonsquare2008

What hasn’t changed is the structure at the left on Hudson Street. Today it’s the Village Nursing Home.

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3 Responses to “Two ways of looking at Abingdon Square”

  1. Brooks of Sheffield Says:

    I want to stay at the Abingdon Hotel.

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    The sign is great, isn’t it? And clearly you can always catch a cab or wagon.

  3. Before a playground came to Bleecker Street | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] space for neighborhood children prodded the city to acquire the Stetler Warehouse south of historic Abingdon Square to make way for a playground, the first in the area,” states […]

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