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Hanging Tree in Washington Square.

The Hanging Tree is at the northwest corner of Washington Square.

At more than 300 years-old the English Elm known as the Hanging Tree is the oldest living tree in Manhattan. Curiously, no one was ever hanged from the Hanging Tree in Washington Square though there are a reported 20,000 bodies under the park as it was once the site of a potters field in the 18th and early 19th centuries.