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Columbus Park, New York City

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Columbus Park formerly known as Mulberry Bend Park, Five Points Park and Paradise Park, is a public park in Chinatown, Manhattan, in New York City. During the 19th century, this was the most dangerous ghetto area of immigrant New York, as portrayed in the book and film Gangs of New York. Back then, the park's site was part of the Five Points neighborhood, in the area known as Mulberry Bend, hence its alternative names. It was renamed Columbus Park in 1911, in honor of Christopher Columbus. Today, the park often serves as a gathering place for the local Chinese community, where "the neighborhood meets up here to play mahjong, perform traditional Chinese music... [and] practice tai chi in the early mornings."
In 2019, the statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen by Lu Chun-Hsiung and Michael Kang was permanently installed in the northern plaza of the park. The plaza was also renamed for the founder of the first Republic of China, who lived in Manhattan's Chinatown for a time.
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  • The Columbus Park is located in Chinatown with plenty of trees, benches and open space. However, It was kind of crowded and the maintenance wasn’t too good. There was lots of trash and the smell...  more »
  • I got up early for breakfast at a little restaurant across the street and walked over to watch locals practice tai chi in the park. I’m always interested in how folks in the city spend their time...  more »
  • Columbus park is a nice place to come and relax in the Little Italy / Chinatown area, located a half block off of Canal Street. We visited in the evening and it was great to sit for 30 minutes...  more »
  • Happy Summer 19. Columbus Park is a NYC park, and it is maintained by the City of New York Park's Department. It is located in Chinatown, NYC, and situated behind the NYC Criminal Court on Baxter and Bayard Street. The park is kind of big for a NYC park, and it does have a basketball court, lawn for soccer matches, lots of benches in and outside the park, playground for the kids and toddlers with swings and other equipment. Then there tables and chairs also, some are chess tables and some are like picnic tables and long benches. Plenty of tress and bushes also. So breakfast and lunch in the park is great on beautiful NYC days. The folks that frequents the park are moms & kids, nanny & kids, kids from schools there for recess, folks playing basketball, folks playing soccer, Attorneys, District Attorneys, judges, Court Officers and Correction Officers. It is 1 of the safest park in NYC. However, It would be a great NYC park to enjoy except there is a bunch of middle age and elderly locals ( men and women) that occupies the park on a daily basis 365 days a year, and they occupied almost all the tables every day. What these folks do is play all sorts of card games and other table games all day long, and they just grab and hold the tables for their games. These folks also have some bad habits besides their bad manners, and I can not even name them for you except to say to they should stop their bad habits in a NYC park. The park does entertain tons of folks on a daily basis, and there are NYC Park's Department employees on hand throughout the day maintaining the park. However, the park always seems dirty and unkempt whenever I visited. The several public toilets in the park is real dirty and usually overflowing with some water from somewhere. Do visit the park if you are in the neighborhood, but remember to hit the bathrooms before you go. Enjoy.
  • A place where cohort and inter-generational groups may gather and share common history and cultural values. Sit and see how we are more alike than different. There is something to learn each time one takes to observe how we each get along.
  • You can tell that the gardener is the best gardener in all of new york city. The flowers are beautiful and planted just in time for the season. I am particularly a fan of the table tennis table. I play frequently. I enjoy the exercise and learning new skills from friends and strangers. It's a great environment near great food.
  • Downtown park for family. Great place to meet or bring kids to burn some energy. Has water sprinkler going in summer for cooling. Typical playground equipment in good shape, basketball game frequently in session. Parents will find plenty of seating after walking all over the city.
  • Nice place to play some sports. During summers they also have free Asian themed activities like Movies Under the Stars that's pretty cool. A rare sight here that is both funny and intriguing is "the man who eats their dragon fruit whole with the skin on."

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