This popular park in the East Village is a centerpiece for the eclectic neighborhood. The 10.5 acre park has two playgrounds, a handball court, chess tables, a basketball court, restrooms and a dog run. Performances hosted here include the drag festival Wigstock, the Howl Festival commemorating Allen Ginsberg, the Dance Parade and the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival.
Van Duzer Street is home to musical venues Martini Red and The Cup, as well as antique stores, a wine store and world cuisine by Vida.
In addition to its fitness equipment and baseball field, visitors to Von King Park can immerse themselves in the arts, whether it may be using an indoor dance studio to attending a free concert in an outdoor amphitheater.
Zuccotti Park, formerly Liberty Plaza Park, has tree plantings and benches and tables. Anchoring its southeast corner at Broadway and Cedar Street is Mark di Suvero’s 70-foot-tall red steel sculpture Joie de Vivre. The northwest corner, closest to the World Trade Center site, holds J. Seward Johnson’s Double Check, a dark bronze sculpture of a seated man with a briefcase.