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Tompkins Square Park

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For us, a typical weekend day includes a subway journey to a different New York neighborhood.  We start with lunch, peruse a few shops, and then spend a couple hours in the local playground, followed by a subway ride home ideally before dark.  Recently we visited the East Village, starting with lunch at B&H (127 Second Ave.), a tiny Kosher restaurant, famous for its grilled cheese on challah bread, which totally lived up to the hype.  We went to John Derian where I got my heart set on a perfectly proportioned loveseat and multiple Jeanette Farrier quilts.  We popped our heads into Trash and Vaudeville on our way to Mr. Throwback, where my husband felt right at home checking out 90s basketball paraphernalia with Beverley Hills Cop playing in the background.  After walking down St. Marks Place, we went to Tompkins Square Park.  Tompkins Square Park has a rich history and was the highlight of our adventure, offering public zones for basketball, ping pong, skate boarding, and a dog run.  There is also a large enclosed playground, with plenty of space for kids to run and climb, as well as benches for the weary adults.  It’s always a nice opportunity to chat with other parents and to watch my toddler navigate a new social situation and make new friends.


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