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Tompkins Square Park

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Updated 02/24/2014

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This leafy park fills up with locals year-round, partaking in picnics and drum circles, and making use of the playground and the dog run. Free Wi-Fi (strongest on the north side of the park) joins the shade, benches, and an elegant 1891 water fountain (donated by a teetotaling benefactor) as some of the best amenities here. There are movie showings and music gatherings throughout the summer, a year-round farmers market on Sunday, and an annual Halloween dog costume event.

But it wasn't always so rosy in the park: in 1988 police followed then-mayor David Dinkins's orders to clear the many homeless who had set up makeshift homes here, and homeless rights and anti-gentrification activists fought back with sticks and bottles. The park was reclaimed and reopened in 1992 with a midnight curfew, still in effect today.

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Bordered by Aves. A and B and E. 7th and E. 10th Sts., New York, New York, 10009, United States

Updated 02/24/2014


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