Painter William Glackens didn’t have to go far to create this depiction of Washington Square at the turn of the last century.
He and his wife moved to 3 Washington Square North in 1904, and he had a studio at 50 Washington Square South.
“In The Green Car, a view to the north from his studio window, Glackens suggests this transition from old to new,” states the caption to this painting at metmuseum.org.
“In the background is a glimpse of “The Row,” the elegant red-brick, Greek Revival houses that had been built along Washington Square North in the 1830s and 1840s for some of New York’s most prominent old families.”
“In the foreground, a fashionably dressed young woman hails a streetcar, powered by underground electrical cables, which was emblematic of modern developments.”