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Tompkins Square Park

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Address: From 7th to 10th Streets, Between Avenues A and B, New York City, NY 10009
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Description: 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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Parks are one of the best places to see real New Yorkers and get a taste for each section of Manhatten. Washington Square park is more famous and Bryant with more events, Tompkins... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2014
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San Mateo CA

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

Decent park that has been cleaned up over the years and makes for a better place to go for a stroll. It is located in the heart of the lower east side and is an ideal place to sit down and take a breather during the afternoon.

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San Mateo CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Parks are one of the best places to see real New Yorkers and get a taste for each section of Manhatten. Washington Square park is more famous and Bryant with more events, Tompkins is not to be missed. This trip I saw African drum lessons, a photo shoot, Cubans playing dominos and skateboards doing tricks. And the assortment of locals... More 

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New York City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

More groomed than in previous years, but still a slight tinge of the edginess that used to be the East Village. Shared by old time residents and new NYU students, this park gives you a cross section of the neighborhood as it has always existed. Recently a film re-enacting the riots of the 80's was shot here. Most weekends, some... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Have a coffee at some of the best coffee shops in the East Village. Great restaurants and a young, jovial atmosphere, all around LOVE Gerald Thomas

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Warwickshire, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Stumbled across this park on a sunny day when waiting for a local shop to open. Thought it was a lovely, well-kept space. Good children's playground and was quite enamoured by the dog run - haven't really seen anything like that in England and thought it was a great area. Usual collection of strange bench-dwelling people that you find in... More 

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Union City, New Jersey, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Not the biggest nor prettiest park in the city, but a good one for families with the playgrounds and dog run. The landscaping isn't particularly pretty or unique though it may have some of the fattest squirrels in the city. The layout is also odd in that it is huge, but the space doesn't feel incredibly well used. Even in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Tompkins Square Park is named after Daniel Tompkins, a one-time vice president. It is a beautiful & well-maintained park in the heart of the East Village, an interesting neighborhood which no longer is the dangerous, drug-infested den it once was. The neighborhood is well worth exploring, preferably with the architectural guidebook AAA GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY. To the west... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

We went there by coincidence and we were lucjy enough to enjoy around 30 women playing drums in the center of the park in a wonderful composition and rhythm. Around them, people having picnic and relaxing and nearby a vast dog-area (dogs playing, having bath etc). It was an absolutely exciting experience.

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

We walked around this park on Saturday afternoon after dining near NYU in the City. The park itself is not that big, especially in comparison to Central Park or other mammouths in the city. But it is large enough, with some very big concrete "fields" (for basketball or football), along with other courts and jungle-gym kinds of amusements. There is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

We went here on a Saturday and it was quite interesting to see a lot of locals using the park to do gymnastics together, to play basketball, to walk their dogs, to sit and had a coffee. As New Yorkers live in small apartments (as the one we rented) with no outdoor space, this is their garden and a place... More 

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Address: Address: From 7th to 10th Streets, Between Avenues A and B, New York City, NY 10009
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
Open Hours:
Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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 neighborhood 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 neighborhood, 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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