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East Village, Tompkins Square Park

New York

NY

USA

Contributed by 
Karl Wehden
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
December 14, 2005
December 14, 2017

Tompkins Square Park is an impromptu stage and meeting ground for the entire eclectic East Village.

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

The East Village is the intersection of SuperCool art school never-grown-ups, and the vital economic transformation of a neighborhood that one was home to the grand central of crack cocain distribution in Manhattan. The center of the East Village is the (now) well maintained and pleasant Tompkins Square Park, which is home to various bazaars and events throughout the year. It serves as impromptu stage and meeting ground for the entire eclectic East Village.

Access & Linkages

The East Village is rife with pop clothing shops, specialty food and drink, wedding dress shops, and oh yes, the occasional bar or twenty. Every element of growth radiates outward from Tompkins Square Park.

Comfort & Image

Tompkins Square Park is the most likely cause of decrease in productivity in its residents in the summertime, as it sports a variety of leisurely and frenetic activity most months of the year.

Uses & Activities

It is the centerpoint of the East Village.

Sociability

Everyone in the East Village is different. Very different. Yet we seem to all get along very well. My favorite saying is "Every day is Halloween in the East Village".

How Light?

How Quick?

How Cheap?

History & Background

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East Village, Tompkins Square Park
People enjoying a summer day on the lawn in Tompkins Square.
East Village, Tompkins Square Park
Volunteers in Tompkins Square repaint playground equipment.
East Village, Tompkins Square Park
East Village, Tompkins Square Park
East Village, Tompkins Square Park
East Village, Tompkins Square Park
East Village, Tompkins Square Park
East Village, Tompkins Square Park

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