I’m a sucker for a good ghost story, so when I saw Washington Square Park’s Hangman’s Elm on a list of hidden sights in New York, I was immediately interested. I thought there must be some fascinating stories behind that name. Hangman’s Elm is one of the oldest trees in Manhattan, to boot.
Ellen: There are actually two Grand Army Plazas in NYC. There’s the one at the southeast corner of Central Park, near the Plaza Hotel and the Apple Store. Then there’s the far superior one at the northern tip of Prospect Park.
Casey: I, in fact, did not know that. However, that lesser Grand Army Plaza no longer has FAO Schwartz, so you have even less reason to go.