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Tompkins Square Park

East Village
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Address: From 7th to 10th Streets, Between Avenues A and B, New York City, NY 10009
08:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 17:00

Park located in the East Village that was the scene of a big uprising in...

Park located in the East Village that was the scene of a big uprising in 1991 when a decision was made to evict the park's homeless in order to renovate; today, the park is pretty and quiet, but is still home to many who have no where else to go.

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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 October 2016
jack M
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

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 families moving in the area. Suggest all New Yorkers (especially "those who remember a different age, like me) visit this place and its immdiate... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

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

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

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, a bot camp working out, a small swimming pool, a children's birthday party, a blacktop area with skaters, etc. Some landscaping was shabby and some trash here and... More 

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Stafford, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

Great relaxing park. We fed birds and watched flowers. We saw a hawk! It's a nice afternoon. Lots of passerby and handy water fountains.

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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

This park lacks the class and allure of nearby Washington square park, but reflects the diverse character of the local residents. It can be busy during the day, with the occasional parade and street musician. Be more aware in the evenings, as there is a homeless element

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016

Why??? Why is all the grass fenced off? It felt like the trees and grass were exhibits in a museum and the fences were the "hands off" signs. The concrete pathways were in good shape and the trees were full sized. Outside of that, it was surreal to experience.

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Leipzig, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2016

The park is in the Alphabet City of East Side downtown Manhattan. Wonderful trees (American Elms), clean and a good place to relax. The "Tompkins Square Dog Run" is very good for your dog, too. In the end of October, there is a very special highlight: "Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade"- the largest in the country- incredible atmosphere and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016

Nice enough park to people and dog watch while you tuck into your bagel from across the road at the famous Tompkins Square Bagel

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2015

If time is tight, there are obviously many other parks in NYC to make make a beeline for, however if you're in the area, or have plenty of time, Tompkins Square Park is good place to stroll, people watch and generally relax during your exploration of the east village.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2015

If you are in the area, you should have a walk around this park. The locals are friendly and there are lots of very tame squirrels. We were lucky enough to see the Halloween dog parade during our trip which was fantastic.

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There’s still an independent vibe to the East Village, which offers plenty of unique small businesses catering to longtime New Yorkers and area college students alike. The East Village retains a bit of the old-time neighbourhood feel that you can still experience today thanks to a mix of locally-owned shops, cozy restaurants, and lively bars. The scale of the residential blocks makes this a wonderful place to wander up and down the streets searching for the newest hip spot, or an old-school favorite. In the center of the neighbourhood, Tompkins Square Park serves as a gathering point for the New Yorkers that call the East Village home. The people-watching here is hard to beat.
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