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Tompkins Square Park, New York City
(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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  • Small park full in Alphabet City. Nice for a park, clean and cared for as all the parks in New York. Nearby, there are all sorts of interesting ideas for music lovers.
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  • It is a square an Apple approx. closely there is Avenue A & B, near local meals and shopping centre. Careful okay and not is so crowded, which makes it good for stopping place. Free Wi-Fi.
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  • As a young man, I knew to stay away from this place. Drugs, prostitution, crime day and night were every day occurrences. It has now become a focus of gentrification and a beacon for the young familie...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Dirty dark park with to much metal and fencing on the other hand there is something for everyone here: playground for the kids, a dog run for dog lovers, flat ground for skaters, sports enthusiasts and plenty of green space that makes you feel caged in, assuming its even open. But don't worry the park safe and a great escape from the city.
  • Pretty park with lots of interesting people. Only thing that's missing is a big flat grassy field to play games on.
  • Wonderful place in the East Village to relax for a moment or an afternoon. It's been highly renovated but it still has a touch of the old East Village in it.
  • I really enjoy the play ground because there are plenty of places to practice body weight exercises. Always bustling with people playing ball and skaters