Within a few blocks radius of Washington Square Park, the symbolic center of New York University’s urban “campus,” there are many examples, or vestiges, of the presence of Spaniards or Spanish culture to be found. Several of them (King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, Cervantes Statue) can be directly related to the university’s long-term cultivation of links with Spain. (NYU’s oldest study-abroad program, established more than half-a-century ago, is NYU in Madrid). The other sites or landmarks are natural products of the rich history of this part of the village as a multi-ethnic crossroads of culture and commerce.
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