by Michael Hsu, 01/29/2013
Photo: Julienne Schaer
Bet. Bayard and Worth Streets, and bet. Mulberry Street and Hogan Place and Baxter Street
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. If you're in the mood for sports, this 3.2-acre park has 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.