Tompkins Square Park

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What was once a hotbed of crime and drugs has transformed in the past decade into the crown jewel of the East Village. The 10.5-acre green space underwent a $2.1 million renovation in the ’90s, and the result is a cleaner, greener park—and one that's especially dog-friendly, with fenced-off areas for pooches big and small, and three bone-shaped doggy swimming pools. The park also contains several monuments, including an elm tree that serves as a memorial to Hare Krishnas.
Venue name: Tompkins Square Park
Contact:
Address: 7th to 10th Sts between Aves A and B
New York
10009
Transport: Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave, L to First Ave, 6 to Astor Pl