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East Village

Tompkins Square Park

from E. 7th to 10th Sts.
between Aves. A and B
New York, NY, 10009, United States
TEL: (212) 639-9675

The East Village’s “backyard” is a humble patch of reclaimed swamp land where urban dwellers come to play chess, play with their kids, watch birds of prey, kick a soccer ball, practice guitar, join a pickup basketball game, or just watch. The bandshell (site of performances by Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, and hundreds of hopeful punk bands) has been torn down, but a walk through the heart of the park is still entertaining. Worth stopping and watching: The dog run (two adjacent areas, one for big dogs; one for small) in the center of the park, and the paved playground at the corner of A and 10th where skateboarders hone their skills. There’s an uncrowded shady corner with benches and tables entered by walking through the park building. Avoid the public bathrooms. Open dawn–midnight.

Amenities

Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Public/City
  • Picnic Area Available
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