Fodor's Expert Review Columbus Park
People-watching is the thing to do in this park. Head toward the Bayard Street section, and if you swing by in the morning, you'll see men and women practicing tai chi; the afternoons bring intense games of cards and mah-jongg. In the mid-19th century the park was known as the Five Points—the intersection of Mulberry Street, Anthony (now Worth) Street, Cross (now Park) Street, Orange (now Baxter) Street, and Little Water Street (no longer in existence)—and was ruled by dangerous Irish gangs. In the 1880s a neighborhood-improvement campaign brought about the park's creation.