Tompkins Square Park – a Regular Riot

Janes Walk

Led By Thomas Eccardt, Prof. / CUNY CityTech

Food shortages, Civil War draft laws, police repression of demonstrations, and the removal of the homeless all have caused rioting in Tompkins Square Park during its 189-year history. But its American Elms have seen it all and withstood it, including the tree that overlooked the USA’s first Hare Krishna chanting in 1966. See the sights of a once-troubled park from its ancient elms to its monument to NYC’s greatest human disaster before 9/11.

Take L train to 14th St and First Avenue. Wheelchair accessible. Very short walk around the park.
Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Saturday, May 6, 2023
11:00 AM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: History & Culture
Language: English
Graffiti on a traffic light box in Manhattan's East Village advertising the 1988 Tompkins Square Park Riot. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, David Shankbone.