Summer NYC: Tompkins Square Park’s “Art Around the Park” pictorial NYC: Tompkins Square Park’s “Art Around the Park” pictorial

The debate on Climate Change might be answered with the erratic weather patterns in New York City this year. Winter was exceptionally cold, rains have been rampant and summer has run as hot & cold as a bad date on a Saturday night. That hasn’t stopped New Yorkers from bringing the sights and scenes of summer to the perennially bohemian and ever funky Alphabet City in the East Village, Manhattan.

Once upon a time Tompkins Square Park had fallen into disrepair rife with drug-dealers and other unsavory characters. The Alphabets (so-named for the alphabet lettered avenue names bordering the area) have had a Williamsburg style resurgence attracting artists, musicians, fashionistas and cool kids across the board.

Last weekend 140 artists took close to a 1000 feet of walls surrounding the park and turned them into an art installation for the village. While the summer heat has been slow to hit the city this year, events such as this show that the season is coming into high gear. For the ever fashionably hip and bohemian Tompkins Square Park and the bar-laden streets of adjacent St. Marks place are a perfect way to experience East Village splendor.

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