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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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  • 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 »
  • We went to this park several, as our apt was two blocks away from there. There are like four playgrounds for kids of different ages. Our two year old twins really enjoy all of them. A bit crowded on w...  more »
  • Went on a beautiful day. Lots of people but plenty of space. Good condition. Great that kids area is segregated and for kids only.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gone are the previous decades of this being a grievous den of drugs and shady characters. This is the heart of Alphabet City and the oasis of the East Village. The dog park is busy with loved pets, the courts are bustling with friends playing friends, the park is alive with groups enjoying the outdoors because their East Village apartments are smaller than a closet, but that's the trendy East Village way.
  • Nice park with a big dog area. Fun to watch the dogs play. Bands are frequently performing at the weekend and on Sunday is the Farmers Market.
  • This is a tiny marvelous gem of a place I try to pass a half hour in daily. Surrounded by low 5 - 6 storey edifices of residential buildings, most not less than 75 years old, the park is only three short blocks wide by 1 long block deep. There are no monuments or substantial buildings anywhere such that if you enter the park on one side you could actually recognize a friend entering the park from the opposite side. The seasonal landscaping is free-form and well tended, many of the trees are as much as100 years old. Add to that a stellar new (2015) children's playground and a fabulous dog park, a family of nesting hawks, sports courts including skateboarding and two new basketball courts and you have one of the most egalitarian everyday parks in New York City free of the monumental classism and affected poshness of many NYC parks. SB