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Normal people can't climb to the top of Washington Square Park's marble arch. But Gothamist's Evan Bindelglass got a coveted tour from the Parks Department's preservation head, who explained the history of the thing while leading Bindelglass up 102 tile steps of a spiral staircase. Even though the structure has been shored up in recent years, the roof apparently can't support a lot of weight, but that didn't stop Marcel Duchamp and his artsy compatriots from having a rager up there in 1917. Since activities of that ilk are verboten these days, settle for living vicariously through these awesome insider shots. [Gothamist; photo via Yo Yeo/Curbed Flickr Pool]