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“Nice taste of the East Village/LES”

Tompkins Square Park
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Owner description: 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.
New York City
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“Nice taste of the East Village/LES”
Reviewed 28 May 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 edgy bands play and most days you can find the neighborhood musicians, bird feeders and performers hanging out somewhere in the park. Sundays have a small but plentiful farmers market along the south eastern edge.

Visited May 2014
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New York City, New York
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“Just walk around Avenue A and Avenue B and...”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Have a coffee at some of the best coffee shops in the East Village. Great restaurants and a young, jovial atmosphere, all around
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Visited November 2013
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Warwickshire, England
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“Nice park in an interesting area”
Reviewed 21 May 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 parks, but nobody too scary. Good place for a bit of people watching on a nice day.

Visited May 2014
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Union City, New Jersey, United States
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“Decent Park”
Reviewed 22 February 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 the center you call see the surrounding buildings and hear the street noise.

Visited January 2014
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“A Pretty Park in a Quirky Neighborhood”
Reviewed 28 December 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 is St. James Place, with many interesting eateries & weird businesses; to the east is Alphabet City, a mostly Hispanic section of the neighborhood. It is also worth walking east, through Alphabet City, to East River Park, which, apart from pretty gardening, offers lovely views over the East River to Brooklyn, Queens, & the Williamsburg Bridge.

Visited August 2013
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