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Manhattan, New York City 


Parks in Downtown Manhattan 


Battery Park

Battery Park, New York City
Battery Park by Gryffindor

Battery Park is located near the ferry terminals (in Downtown Manhattan) to Staten Island, Liberty Island, and Ellis Island. The park is within a short distance from the historic South Street Seaport and the city's financial district of Wall Street. The waterfront along Battery Park offers a scenic view of the New York Harbor and neighboring New Jersey. Furthermore, varieties of flowering plants occupy the gardens, giving color to the landscape. A major landmark here is Castle Clinton, a former fort built in 1811 and has its roots deep in history. Every year, Battery Park plays hosts to several concerts and cultural events.

Location: On the southern tip of Lower Manhattan facing New York Harbor

Website: Battery Conservancy

Washington Square Park
Washington Square Park, New York City
Washington Square Park by David Shankbone

Washington Square Park is a major landmark in the former Bohemian neighborhood of Greenwich Village. Though a small park, Washington Square Park is a popular meeting place and recreational spot for the neighborhood's residents. The park is also popular with the local chess and scrabble enthusiasts. A major feature is the large fountain situated in the center of the park. Another is the Washington Arch, a large marble arch built in 1892. In summer, the park becomes a popular ground for picnics with picnic benches placed across the park.

Location: Bordered by Waverly Place, University Place, 4th Street, and MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village

Website: Washington Square Park

Tompkins Square Park

Tompkins Square Park, New York City

Tompkins Square Park by David Shankbone

Tompkins Square Park is centrally located in East Village covering nearly 11 acres (4.5 hectares). Being in a central location, the park is a popular recreational spot with the neighborhood's residence. However, the park was once an area noted for its crime and an encampment for the homeless but much has improved since gentrification. A prominent feature here are the American elm trees dominating the area. Each year in June and July, the French Embassy organizes a free outdoor French film festival and in August the park is one of the venues in New York City for the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival.

Location: Bordered by East 10th Street, East 7th Street, Avenue A, and Avenue B

Website: NYC Department of Parks & Recreation


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