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Tompkins Square Park, New York City

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3.7/5 based on 45 reviews on the web
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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  • One of the many parks of manathan and like all kept very well and suitable for a short stop to rest from the fatigue of shopping and wandering. Equipped for children, when they experience you wouldn't ever that are inserted into places to review, returning to Italy make digs them almost everyone.
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  • Famous park Weather good so busy- families with kids at pool, dogs in dog run, free spirits dossing on the grass Not so sure we would go through at dark 
  • We brought bagels over from Tompkin's Square Bagles nearby to eat. Found a bench and enjoyed people watching. Lots of folks enjoyed this park today. Basketball, monkeybars, yoga, a few bums gathered, ...  read more »
  • There is so many drug people here. White drugged out people walking around with suit cases in the bathroom yelling around. They have drugged out whit guys yelling into the girls bathroom for there stoned out girlfriend. They have transsexual in the bathroom. heir bathroom is unsafe. All the locks on the stalls are broken and they have a butch that works for the parks department that never cleans the bathrooms or restocks the toilet paper until you say hey there's no toilet paper in it. This park is the worst. Drug people hang all through the park even next to the children's park.
  • A nice park. Sunday afternoons there is the BTSH floor hockey league going on and that's super fun. The basketball courts are smooth and newer backboards. Good place to find pickup games. Small enclosed dog park. Some green space. Restrooms are good for the guys to make a quick pitstop, but not female friendly.
  • I love coming here to watch the big dogs in the big dog run. There's also a good energy to the park, not too over run with kids, not too many hipsters, just folks from lots of walks of life hanging out and socializing. Along those lines, I almost always find a few characters doing interesting things that give me stories for the next several days. In short, great dog and people watching.
  • Is there a more diverse park in the world? I doubt it. Handball playing hooligans mix merrily with children on swing sets, hipsters on the grass and junkies nodding on the benches. High-quality weekend market along one side, bands in the spring and summer and food kitchens for the homeless round out what is quite simply the best park in America.
  • This park is located in a neighborhood with so much character and history. I keep it close it my heart because I grew up there with many good memories. Since I've grown up many renovations have been made to update the park. It has a spacious dog run and plenty of basketball courts. It's a great spot for skateboarding or to bring your kids to play after school. Unfortunately, it is an area where homeless seek to stay during the day, but for the most part they don't bother anyone. Homelessness is a growing problem in NYC so it's not out of the ordinary.
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