3. The Oldest Trees in the Park Can Still Be Seen

In order to clear space for an open parade ground for the Seventh Regiment of New York (a Union Army infantry regiment during the American Civil War), the New York State Legislature ordered the City to remove a number of trees within Tompkins Square Park in 1866. A few Sycamore trees, planted during the park’s creation, were left untouched and still exist to this day. They are believed to be the oldest trees in the park; one can be found along 10th Street, and the other is located on Avenue A at 9th Street.