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Amped-up fun in Washington Square Park

PHOTOS BY EVERYNIGHT CHARLEY CRESPO | Washington Square Park before dusk on Fri., Sept. 4, was a sea of sights and sounds. Much of that sound was amplified, which is technically not allowed in the park. Neither is skateboarding, but you wouldn’t know that from all the skaters flying around doing aerial tricks.

Meanwhile, police assigned to guard the arch against another paint-bombing stayed glued to their posts.

But then again, this has not exactly been a typical summer. Music venues, for one, are still not back open due to the pandemic.

All of the events depicted here happened simultaneously in various parts of the park between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

A duo on guitar and bass played rock and funk instrumentals with amplified sound in Washington Square Park. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
Skateboarders flew over a traffic barrel while trying not to collide with pedestrians. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
New York transplant Robert Leslie sang and played original songs on his electric guitar. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
The Strangers Project collected and displayed the stories of everyday people. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
(Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
A masseuse found customers in need of stress relief. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
Protesters brought visibility to paramilitary abuses in Colombia. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
Musicians played traditional South American acoustic instruments by the Colombia protest display. There was an amp just to the right of them. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
Always a favorite, the Pocket-Sized Statue posed atop his pedestal. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
A park regular entertained with athletics. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
Artists peddled their work. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
And artist who goes by Pinokio was painting 10-minute portraits. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
Two deejays played dance tunes on their amplified sound system. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
Two percussionists rapped out rhythms on congas and bongos — without electrical amplification. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
Children played in the spray of the park’s fountain. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
A quartet performed free-form jazz as Sufi dancers twirled to the music. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
(Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
The quartet’s flute player used a microphone and amplifier. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)

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