Fodor's Expert Review Tompkins Square Park
This leafy park fills up year-round with locals partaking in picnics and drum circles, and making use of the playground and the dog run. There are movie screenings and music gatherings throughout the summer, a year-round farmers' market by the southwest corner on Sunday, and an annual Halloween dog-costume event. It wasn't always so rosy in the park, though: in 1988, police followed then-mayor David Dinkins's orders to evict the many homeless people who had set up makeshift homes here, and homeless rights and antigentrification activists fought back with sticks and bottles. The park was reclaimed and reopened in 1992 with a midnight curfew, still in effect today.