“F*CK THE SYSTEM” graffitied on the fountain was just part of the mix in Washington Square Park early Saturday evening.
There was also a red glyph sprayed nearby — maybe a new singer trying to emulate Prince?
Though marred by graffiti, the fountain was on. The skateboarders were out. An electric amplifier was pumping out a tune on the north side of the fountain and a few people were dancing to it. Pot was in the air.
A crowd gathered around a saxophonist playing by the arch, a mother and her little daughter happily bopping along to the groove.
Fashion models were doing shoots with the arch as a backdrop as skateboarders zipped around nearby.
An artist wearing a cardboard construction over his head was working on a piece.
Amid all the action, a sumi ink dancer was intensely focused, gyrating wildly on her canvas laid on the ground.