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It's ironic that Martin Niemöller died in 1984. First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
You may wonder why on Earth I'm writing about Washington Square Park - a beautiful public park in Greenwich Village bisected by an imaginary continuation of 5th Avenue, with half of the park being in East Village, and the other half being in West Village. Don't get me wrong, Washington Square Park is fantastic; it's just that this is only the second thread in the "Visiting New York" Forum, and we could probably come up with something with a bit more gravitas than this - you know what I'm saying: MoMA, One World Trade Center, etc. Well, as it turns out, there's a banal reason I'm writing about it, and a profound reason I'm writing about it. The banal reason is that I'm watching the 1967 version of "Barefoot in the Park," and guess what the park is? Yep. The fountain was originally built in 1852, and replaced in 1872. The profound reason is the unmistakable mastery behind the photograph in <drum roll> *Google Maps* - yes, Google Maps. Look at this *amazing* photograph of Washington Square Arch (1892) - the only comment necessary is pointing out that, yes, that's the Empire State Building (1931).
If you ever want to broaden your classical music horizons, Joseph Szigeti is a good place to start - he's old enough where he has ties to the great 19th-century masters, but young enough where he has some recorded material available, much of it reference-standard. Szigeti even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, perhaps in part due to him being a frequent soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Here is the first movement of Beethoven's 10th Violin Sonata, played with legendary Beethoven pianist, Artur Schnabel (also a name everyone should know). Other performances can be different than this, and equal to this, but they cannot be "better" than this: