Johnny O’Leary at Washington Square Park

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Local NYC celebrity Johnny O’Leary shares some thoughts.

Washington Square Park is home to a number of dedicated amateur chess players, and perhaps none are better well-known than Johnny O’Leary from Staten Island. After playing (and losing!) a round of chess against Johnny, I grabbed him a cup of coffee and asked him about the park.

Citations

  • NYC Parks. “Washington Square Park.” https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/washington-square-park
  • Leland, John. (Jul 5, 2021). “‘Maybe We Can Be Friends’: New Yorkers Re-emerge in a Changed City.” New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/05/nyregion/reopening-ny.html?ref=oembed

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