Go inside the Washington Square Arch without leaving your home

Students often have their own shortcuts while crossing Washington Square Park.

Have you ever noticed the door on the west side of the Washington Square Arch and wondered what was on the other side? Well wonder no more — you can now take a look inside the monument, thanks to a new video from the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

The video was broadcast on Periscope last week and led by Parks department Director of Historic Preservation John Krawchuk. The inside of the arch is off-limits to the public and is accessible via a small door on the outer west side of the structure. The 102 dusty steps lead to an attic at the top.

Once atop the 123-year-old marble arch, viewers are treated to beautiful views down on Washington Square Park in the fall and all the way up Fifth Avenue.

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