Tompkins Riot: 20th Anniversary

By - Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

“Tompkins Square Park, which long served as a makeshift home for the homeless and a center for social unrest, erupted in violence when the New York City police and hundreds of protesters clashed over ideological differences.” –Gaia-Photos Yesterday marked the 20th Anniversary when the NYPD shut down Tompkins Sq. Park from the people of the community. It’s a pretty different place than it once was, though it does retain some of it’s original character that made up the old Tompkins. The only real struggle now is between the skateboarders and organized sports participants for use of the pretty smooth North Western section of the park. We posted a story on the LES last week which included photos and video by Clayton Patterson and today we found this photo story by Q. Sakamaki on Gaia-Photos, which offer a pretty amazing view from not so long ago.

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