When I first showed up here with my cousin in the ’90s, everybody was like, “Who the fuck are these white guys?” We won all the time so they wanted to kill us. Then they liked us. It’s competitive. Tompkins has two fulls and three half courts by Ave A. For me, half court’s better here. When you play 3-on-3, it’s two less people you have to pass to. Tompkins is in the East Village, which has lots of great restaurants. Lucy’s, a dive bar on A, is a great place to grab a beer after a good sweat.
Riots, Doggie Halloween, skaters, good pick-up hoops game, and the occasional death metal show all happen here.
Walking distance from your stay! Beautiful Park to relax in with a farmers market on Sunday!
Historic, leafy park hosting a farmer's market plus live music & other eclectic events.
Great for people watching and soaking up the famous East Village creative community. Look for musicians, spontaneous dance parties, and good conversations with your bench neighbor.
one of my favorite bagel spots. get french toast and walnut cream cheese or the everything bagel, bacon, egg, with bacon scallion creamcheese
“My Sunday morning ritual is to get a bagel from TSB. I recommend an everything with bacon scallion cream cheese! Cash only and expect lines.”
“Head to this Moroccan boîte, open since 1983, for halloumi with eggs, assorted mezze, big salads, and terrific tagines. Students and European tourists love this place, and there’s a sizeable outdoor patio when it’s nice out. There’s also a location in Williamsburg.”
“If it's nice out, sit on the benches out front, and check out one of the East Village's many gardens across the street. Fingers crossed that the sun's shining for ya. ”
“Very hip lunch/dinner/brunch scene. Farm to table socially conscious, organic, fresh hipster food - I sat elbow to elbow during lunch with Ryan Gosling here once.”