Columbus Park is across the street on former swamp land (you can see it out the window). It is in the Five Points neighborhood depicted in the movie “Gangs of New York.” Once ridden with disease, this 5-year-old square of green is the venue now for tai chi, Chinese opera, chess, fortune-telling, and quick repairs of watches and shoes. On nice days, men bring out their caged birds and hang them in trees—just like they do in China.
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