2. Tompkins Square Park is Home to the First Dog Park in NYC

Located in Tompkins Square Park, on 500 East 9th Street, Tompkins Square Dog Run is the first (and oldest) dog run in New York City, established in 1990 as part of a major restoration effort of the park. In 2008, the dog park also underwent a renovation, costing $450,000.00, which fitted the site with new amenities including three swimming pools,  a tree deck, bath areas and hoses, picnic tables, underground drainage, and a cutting-edge running surface made from decomposed granite sand. Funds to maintain the park are raised by the community through events such as the Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade, the biggest dog Halloween party in the U.S., which invites more than 2,000 spectators annually.