Sara D Roosevelt Park

East Village & Lower East Side

The largest green space in the neighborhood, this three-block-long park is a hive of activity on warm weekends, with basketball courts, a small soccer pitch (with synthetic turf) and a well-loved playground (just north of Hester St). Tai chi practitioners, vegetable sellers (on the nearby cross streets), and strollers of all ages and ethnic backgrounds add to the ever-evolving scene.

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