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A Spring Afternoon Around Washington Square Park

When I was serving on active duty in the United States Air Force in the spring of 1981 I traveled back home to New York on leave from Omaha Nebraska. I spent a day with two great friends in the city and a few hours in and around Washington Square Park. There were 36 exposures of Plus-X Kodak film (125 ASA) in my Nikon FTN (50mm) then and it is still my favorite single roll of film exposures to date. I’ll not include all, only 18 of my favorites in chronological order with a comment for each. Many of the photos are of a street performer named Tony Vera. Tony moved to Los Angeles long ago and has a web page. To learn about Tony’s life check out his “About” page.

It took some time for me to identify Tony as the street performer but this post helped much (https://pavementperformers.wordpress.com/2011/04/10/tony-vera-washington-square-park-legend/)

Based on Tony’s website he moved to LA and continued his street performer act on Venice Beach. He currently is a video journalist in LA. Check out his web page http://tonyvera.com/

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A street view showing autos, pedestrians, and store fronts.
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People at and walking by the Rivera Café, 225 West 4th Street.
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Ice Cream Shop display window.
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Elders and others basking in spring sunshine in Washington Square Park.
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Dog dressed up as Pete the Pup from Little Rascals with two other characters
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Jazz performers playing to a distracted crowd.
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Tony Vera’s curious gathering crowd with the World Trade Center towers in the background.
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Tony preparing his pyrotechnics from rope and cans of Ronsonol lighter fluid.
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Tony had balancing skills too and was safety conscious, see the fire extinguisher?
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A young girl from the crowd is invited to be part of Tony’s act which includes an ice cream sandwich as the crowd grows!
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