While Columbus Park isn’t exactly a tourist destination, it is a perfect place to visit if you want an authentic New York experience. Unlike other popular tourist spots, Columbus Park is actually used daily by New Yorkers from the surrounding neighborhoods, especially Chinatown, making it a perfect place to stop and each a picnic lunch while you people watch. In the mornings, there will be groups practicing Tai Chi.
Named for Christopher Columbus, Columbus Park is located by the diverse and historic neighborhoods of Five Points and the Bend. Originally named Mulberry Bend Park (for one of its border streets), the park was conceived in the late 1800s as a means to counter the dim and depressed atmosphere of its surroundings, which had been wracked by the unchecked development of the Industrial Revolution.
When it opened in 1897, the Park became the first of the city’s major urban parks, and it has been well-used ever since. Whether you just take a quick stroll through the park’s gardens or spend a peaceful afternoon, Columbus Park will provide a welcome respite from your time in an otherwise non-stop city.
Columbus Park location
67 Mulberry St
(between Bayard St & Mosco St)
New York, NY 10013
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