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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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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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Great park to eat your bagel in!

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
LPandHowie
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Sydney, Australia

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Leipzig, Germany
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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1 Thank LPandHowie
Sydney, Australia
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481 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 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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Thank kimberley329
New York City, New York
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Our apartment was looking Tompkins Square Park.It was great to wake up to this small but peacefull park.There was a small cafe in front of this park with delicious breakfast.

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Thank mrs_adventurer
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Love this little park. It's always lively, with an awesome mix of people. I was there in the spring and the flowering trees were divine. A nice oasis to cool your heels in when you need a little break from the hurly-burly of the city.

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London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 via mobile

We walked from the West Village to the East Village and Tompkins Square Park, expected more. It was a below average park, the local 'street' community hangout. Interesting to see the other aspects of New York...but not sure why you would not use the time in Central Park!!

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 291 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This place has had its share of issues over the years, sit ins, riots, and people living here. The place is not exceptionally nice but it is important in the history of the city. There are some great places to eat around there that are not very expensive at all and it it is a late night place to be... More 

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Thank Allan S
New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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