What’s your favorite time of year in the West Village?
Maybe it’s that first day that really feels like Spring, when you can leave your tired winter coat in the closet and go soak up some sunshine in Abingdon Square, admiring the crocus, the magnolia trees and of course, the vibrant beds of tulips and daffodils.
Or perhaps it’s a summer evening, when an after-dinner stroll around the neighborhood ends with an ice cream cone in the park, chatting with neighbors and watching fireflies start to blink around the Doughboy statue in the fading light.
Do you love Halloween in the Village? On that giddy evening dozens of humble gourds, transformed by neighbors of all ages into wildly creative and whimsical Jack o’ Lanterns, make their appearance as the center lawn becomes The Pumpkin Patch.
The first snow of the season is always special, blanketing the park in white, outlining the iron curlicues of the park gates and swirling past the park lamps like confetti. And now there’s a new holiday favorite – the tree lighting by none other than Santa Claus himself.
In all seasons Abingdon Square is the heart of our neighborhood; a gathering place for all ages, offering calm and connection in an ever-changing city. It wasn’t always like this. YOU are one of our neighbors we have to thank for this haven.
As you know, the Square is funded almost entirely by private donations from individuals like you, residential buildings, and local businesses. Your gift to Abingdon Square Conservancy, a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity, with the gifts from our neighbors, has made the park we have today possible. NYC Parks collects trash and locks and unlocks the gates. All the rest, from planting and weeding to pruning and mowing to sod and sprinklers to soil and bulbs, is made possible by the generosity of hundreds of donations to the Conservancy each year..
In this season of Thanksgiving I hope as you reflect on the year, you will again include Abingdon Square on the list of things that matter in your life and for which you are grateful. Every gift is fully tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. To continue your essential support of the Conservancy’s work, please:
● Go to www.abingdonsquare.org and click on “DOUGH-NATE” (a tribute to our intrepid park statue).
● Mail your donation to Abingdon Square Conservancy, 302A West 12th Street, #113, NY, NY 10014.
Many thanks in advance for your generosity. You’re assuring many more happy memories to be made in Abingdon Square in 2016.
H. Todd Hittle, Chairman
Abingdon Square Conservancy