A shot the tourists love - arch framing the Empire State. Next week it'll be blocked by the Christmas tree.

A shot the tourists love - arch framing the Empire State. Next week it'll be blocked by the Christmas tree.

  One of the most photographed icons in New York City, other than - for the time being - Donald Trump, is the Washington Square Arch.

  Erected to mark the 100th anniversary of George Washington being inaugurated (as president, in 1889... as he was not inauguratred for anything else if memory serves) and originally made out of wood, the marble Sanford White version that is there now was dedicated in 1895.

  It is still the center of the known universe to an awful lot of people.

  Last week there was an impromptu memorial to the Paris tragedy underneath.

  Now it is back to bums and performers (see below). 

On December 1, the holiday tree was installed, while some street people took up residence on the west side of the arch and a banjo player entertained them from the east side.

On December 1, the holiday tree was installed, while some street people took up residence on the west side of the arch and a banjo player entertained them from the east side.