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Old 01-08-2014, 04:16 PM   #166
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Tompkins Square Park is a 10.5-acre (4.2 ha) public park in the Alphabet City portion of East Village, Manhattan, New York City. United States. The square-shaped park, bounded on the north by East 10th Street, on the east by Avenue B, on the south by East 7th Street, and on the west by Avenue A, is abutted by St. Marks Place to the west..Tompkins Square Park is named for Daniel D. Tompkins (1774–1825), Vice President of the United States under President James Monroe and the Governor of New York from 1807 until 1817. He had overseen some early drainage in the locality in connection with minor fortifications in the War of 1812..There is a monument in the north side of the park to the General Slocum boating disaster..The park was opened in 1850..In 1857, immigrants protesting unemployment and food shortages were attacked by police. In 1863 the deadly Draft Riots occurred in the park..On January 13, 1874, the Tompkins Square Riot occurred in the park when police crushed a demonstration involving thousands of workers..The riot marked an unprecedented era of labor conflict and violence. The riot occurred in the midst of the Panic of 1873, a depression that began in 1873 and lasted for several years.. Workers movements throughout the United States had been making demands of the government to help ease the strain of the depression..Organizations rejected offers of charity and instead had asked for public works programs that would provide jobs for the masses of unemployed..

In August 1988, a riot erupted in the park when police attempted to clear the park of homeless people; 38 people were injured.. Bystanders as well as homeless people and political activists got caught up in the police action that took place on the night of August 6 and the early morning of August 7, after a large number of police surrounded the park and charged at the hemmed-in crowd while other police ordered all pedestrians not to walk on streets neighboring the park.. Much of the violence was videotaped and clips were shown on local TV news reports (notably including one by a man who sat on his stoop across the street from the park and continued to film while a police officer beat him up),but ultimately, although at least one case went to trial, no police officers were found culpable. A Punk Rock festival has been held in the park in the years since, in commemoration of the event..One of Tompkins Square Park's most prominent features is its collection of venerable American Elm (Ulmus americana) trees. One elm in particular, located next to the semi-circular arrangement of benches in the park's center, is important to adherents of the Hare Krishna religion.. It was beneath this tree, on October 9, 1966, that A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, held the first recorded outdoor chanting session of the Hare Krishna mantra outside of the Indian subcontinent; participants in the ceremony included Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. The event is seen as the founding of the Hare Krishna religion in the United States, and the tree is treated by Krishna adherents as a significant religious site.. no one who loves be called altogether unhappy.. Even love unreturned has its rainbow..always consider that all things they love would one day go away from them...

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