by Michael Hsu, 01/29/2013 [Updated 02/04/2015]
Photo: Julienne Schaer
Between Bayard and Worth Streets, and between Mulberry and Baxter Streets
To get a glimpse of the diversity of the neighborhood, head to Columbus Park, where the scene is usually bustling, especially on weekends. You're sure to find amateur troupes of Chinese-opera performers stationed throughout the park, residents playing mah-jongg and cards, folks practicing tai chi and learning kung fu, and the stray fortune-teller or two. In the summer, you might even stumble upon a symphony of singing birds, as pet owners often hang their birds' cages in the trees during the morning. Active types might take advantage of the 3.2-acre park's sports facilities: an Astroturf field for pickup games of soccer and volleyball; a basketball court; and, at the south end of the park, a large playground, complete with sprinklers and a wading pool for children.