Plus: A Rubber Tree Plant Adventure!
These guys have always been one of Washington Square Park's funniest features. I think they've humbled more NYU students than Fannie Mae.
Are we talking about the southeast corner or the southwest corner of Washington Square Park? It’s the latter corner that I recall as the vital center of this scene, back in the day.
Loved this one! And I can’t wait for updates on the plant!
Basic Information Before Leaving Earth - did Nate make that up himself?
I had no idea all that is happening with the chess players. Thank you for these interviews! And all those folks who have lived in the airport! There was someone living for years in the basement tunnel at the hospital where I work. The rumor was that tenants’ rights protected them from eviction.
Your rubber plant adopter sounds like such a lovely person!
And Marcel Anderson's reflections were what I needed to read today.
Marcel Anderson... wow.
The chess interviews were great. EGGS is a great moniker. Eager for a future update with the rubber tree thriving in its new home. Based on your inflation story in previous issue, learning how to play chess and chat with a philosopher sounds like a great deal.
I have a theory about Ann the Rubber tree saver. She is you from an alternate universe also slightly in the future who has come to Henry Street to save Jacques, the Rubber tree. For reasons to be decided.
I love those Chess dudes! Thanks for sharing. Did you try to play any of them !?!
Riveting story of the chess players! Lived here my whole life and never been there, assumed I'd be intimidated. Never imagined some people had been there for 40 years!
Rooting for the rubber tree!
Chess *and* philosophy? I'd say you get your money's worth sitting down for a game with these gentlemen. 😀👍
OMG So cool!!! Thank you! I'm so happy I "demanded" this story! I've loved this park since I first started going into the city as a teenager, like 1992? So that's THIRTY years of wondering what the deal is with these guys! Now I know :) They're pretty awesome. That's the deal. Still wouldn't play them though... maybe a lesson one day 😃