The Quintessential landmarks in New York City

Tompkins Square Park East Village

While you enjoy your comfortable stay at East Village Apartments, make sure to experience some sweet leisure time at the Tompkins Square Park, one of the most popular destinations in New York City.  The park is named after Daniel D. Tompkins (1774–1825), Vice President of the United States.
The square shaped park is located in the East Village neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan in New York City and is spread over 10.5 acres (42,000 m²). Just like most of the landmark locations in NY, Tompkins Park also has a rich history behind it and is associated with various events, though some of them not very positive.
On January 13, 1874, the Tompkins Square witnessed a major riot as the police clashed with labor protestors numbering in thousands. This incident was a major event in the area of labor conflict. In a similar incident in 1877, around 5000 people clashed with the National Guard as they amassed to hear communist revolutionary speeches in this very park.
By 1980s, Tompkins Park became a center-point for New Yorkers’ social problems. The park was frequented by many homeless people and even became a hub for drug-use and various other illegal activities. This led to a riot in August 1988, when the city police attempted to free the park of such elements.
During the 1990s and 2000s, however, Tompkins Park went through a major facelift and witnessed a gradual gentrification of its surroundings. With its many playgrounds, basketball courts, handball courts, and built-in outdoor chess tables, the park today attracts youngsters and decent family crowd from across the globe.Among the major landmarks in the East Village neighborhood, Tompkins Square Park is today home to various events such as Howl Festival, Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, and Tompkins Square Dog Run.

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A friend and I stayed here for a week. We decided to spend a little more money to have a kitchen and a sweet little terrace to sit on. The apartment was just perfect for us because we weren’t on top of each other in terms of the space; she had the bedroom and I slept on the sofa bed which was very comfortable. It was well appointed in terms of things you need in the kitchen etc. Obviously, one gives up having someone come every morning to make the bed and clean the room, but in my opinion well worth it! My only critique is that it would have been nice to have a few extra hand towels since we were there for a week and only one was provided; luckily I saw the housekeeper and she brought another. Minor detail… Let’s talk area: A real neighborhood; lots of activity close by; great restaurants; markets; coffee/sweet shops, etc. We walked just about everywhere, except when we went uptown, we took the subway. All in all, we were extremely happy with our choice and definitely will come back. A note: we loved the staff that we did meet and we felt very safe in our neighborhood!

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