Johnny O’Leary at Washington Square Park

Video available on Facebook ReelsTikTok, Instagram Reels, and YouTube Shorts.

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.


  • NYC 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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s