Keeping in line with my Washington Square Park post, today, I’ll talk about Tompkins Square Park. (Sorry if I’m already boring you with the topic of parks, but I promise you the photos will be worth it!)
One of the lesser-known parks in Manhattan, Tompkins Square Park is, quite literally, a square park at the edge of Alphabet City, which is in the East Village. Landscaped pretty much identically to parks like Washington Square Park, it offers yet another tranquil area to relax and unwind from the dizziness of city life. (And if you’ve never heard of Alphabet City before, it is just a series of streets that have single-letter names – Avenues A, B, C, and D.)
There is also a doggy play area in this park – saw a beautiful Golden Retriever and a dog literally sitting in a wagon being carted to the doggy play area. Should’ve taken a photo of its laziness.
However, the thing that fascinated me the most and what kept me at the park for a while – the squirrels. Oh my god, the squirrels. I was actually surprised to see squirrels running around in all of the parks I went to (considering the temperature was quite cold the majority of the time I was in New York), but there they were, all grey and fluffy and cute.
My favourite is a toss-up between two photos…
This one – you can’t really tell, but this squirrel was actually right above me peering over the branch and down at me and actually looking right at me, I guess trying to see what kind of funny business I was up to – and…
This one – ahmygawd. (Squirrels look kind of funny straight-on, but, ohmygawd.)
This guy was pretty cute too; he seemed to be looking at me out of the corner of his eye, and he made some funny hissing-grunting noises. Not sure what that was about.
What was interesting about that day was that it was exceptionally warm. It was probably about 10C. Okay, that’s not that warm, but I was wearing my Canada Goose jacket (meant for -15-25C). I just sat on a bench and it felt like spring – ahhh…
It was a beautiful day to sit down outside and relax… Keep following for more New York ramblings!