Tompkins Square Park, New York City

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Tompkins Square Park is a 10.5acre public park in the Alphabet City portion of East Village, Manhattan, New York City. United States. The square-shaped park, bounded on the north by East 10th Street, on the east by Avenue B, on the south by East 7th Street, and on the west by Avenue A, is abutted by St. Marks Place to the west.History19th centuryTompkins Square Park is located on land near the East River, that originally consisted of salt marsh and open tidal meadows, "Stuyvesant meadows", (map, left) the largest such ecosystem on Mannahatta island, but has since been filled in. The unimproved site, lightly taxed by the city as most agricultural properties were, seemed scarcely worth the expense of improving to its owners, the Stuyvesants, who inherited it from the 17th-century grant awarded to Peter Stuyvesant, and their Pell and Fish relatives. The City aldermen, to raise the tax base of the city, accepted a gift of land in 1829 from Peter Gerard Stuyvesant (1778–1847) with the understanding that it would remain a public space, and compensated other owners with $62,000 in city funds to set aside a residential square; transforming the muddy site took another $22,000 before Tompkins Square was opened in 1834. Surrounded by a cast-iron fence the following year and planted with trees, the square was expected to have a prosperous and genteel future, which was undercut, however, by the Panic of 1837 that brought the city's expansion to a halt.
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  • September 16, 2017
    For the tourist Tomplins Square park is a welcome break from the city and I recommend taking time to do a workout in the facilities just behind the basket court. There are many good pull-up bars, a di...  more »
  • August 22, 2017
    By chance we were in this area for the recent solar eclipse! We found a little shop where we were able to purchase $2 glasses to watch the eclipse and joined a big group in the park on a big grassy la...  more »
  • May 3, 2017
    The park is very pretty in the spring. It's not huge, but we still enjoyed walking around and seeing the different flower gardens.  more »
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  • May 30, 2017
    Sometimes there's live music and little stands that sell plants, fruits, and other goodies. There are a couple children's parks here. I particularly like the jungle gym by the basketball courts near avenue b where folks can go to get a good workout. Beautiful green space. Highly recommend even just for a stroll.
  • July 11, 2017
    Home of a really great dog park. Tompkins Square Park is a small urban green space with an amazing cast of characters inhabiting the benches and walking paths. There is usually some opportunity to hear live music be it punk rock or jazz.
  • July 1, 2017
    The dog walk is a great place to observe numerous little drama plays in a moment. When your tired of that, just look around at the human wildlife set along the we'll manicured paths. Don't forget to look up. Last time I ran across a pair of juvenile red-tail Hawks.
  • July 4, 2017
    Very nice park. Spent some time there relaxing in the shade, people and dog watching. Nice saxophonist playing nearby as well as a band a few feet away.
  • June 9, 2017
    This is a beautiful public park with a community feel. There are often bands playing here, with a dog run and plenty of benches and grassy parts for relaxing. Adjoining courts are available for sports, including skateboarding.

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