Photos: New York Mourns Paris Attacks in Washington Square Vigil

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The Washington Square Park arch is lit up to honor the 129 people killed in a series of attacks in Paris on Friday. Polly Mosendz/Newsweek

Updated | New Yorkers gathered around the arch in Washington Square Park on Saturday to mourn those killed in a series of attacks by the Islamic State in Paris. 

nycmemorial3 French flag colored balloons appear before the Washington Square Park arch. Polly Mosendz/Newsweek

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attended the vigil around 2 p.m. after visiting the French Consulate, where a small memorial formed Friday evening after the attacks.

nycmemorial4 A group of mourners in New York City carry a French flag on November 14. Polly Mosendz/Newsweek

A crowd of over 1,000 carried French flags, blue, white and red balloons and sang softly in French. A prayer station offered solace for some of the mourners. 

nycmemorial2 A prayer station at a vigil at Washington Square Park in New York City for those killed in Paris. Polly Mosendz/Newsweek

"Today, New Yorkers are joining together to remember the Parisians whose lives were tragically taken in yesterday’s attacks. Let us each take a moment to honor these victims and the people of Paris who are bravely soldiering on in the face of terrible loss," de Blasio said. "New York City is proud to stand with France and share their clear message: these cruel attempts to intimidate and threaten the people of Paris will not succeed."

nycmemorial5 A man in Washington Square Park wore a hat with an Eiffel Tower and American flag atop it. He was mourning those killed and injured in a series of attacks in Paris on Friday. Polly Mosendz/Newsweek

Shortly after attending the vigil, the mayor's office announced flags will be flown at half-staff effective immediately to show respect for those killed and stand in solidarity with France. 

nycmemorial6 At least 1,000 people gathered at the Washington Square Park Arch on Saturday for a vigil. Polly Mosendz/Newsweek

The City Hall clock tower will be lit blue, white and red in honor of those killed. The Freedom Tower spiral was lit in honor of the flag as well. The Empire State Building was turned off.

nycmemorial7 The Washington Square Park arch is lit up blue, white and red, as the French flag hangs. In the background, the Empire State Building is turned off to honor those killed. Polly Mosendz/Newsweek

At nightfall, the Washington Square Park arch was lit up. 

A vigil remained below the arch and on either side, including flowers, notes and messages of strength. 

nycmemorial9 A vigil below the Washington Square Park arch on the evening of November 14. Polly Mosendz/Newsweek

nycmemorial10 A vigil appears on the side of the of the Washington Square Park arch. Polly Mosendz/Newsweek

nycmemorial11 The Eiffel Tower is merged with a peace sign on a vigil sign left at the Washington Square Park arch. Polly Mosendz/Newsweek

The arch will be lit up for all to see overnight:

This story has been updated to include new photographs.