Wondering If the Water in Tompkins Square Park Is Safe? Try Setting It on Fire

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Photo: Bobby Williams via EV Grieve

A sign in front of Temperance Fountain in Tompkins Square Park helpfully indicates that the water is "most likely safe" (for drinking? bathing? standing within five feet of?). But for any Nervous Nellies out there, the sign thoughtfully suggests taking a match to the spigot to check for contamination from hydraulic fraking — the controversial drilling process that enabled certain Pennsylvania residents to set their tap water aflame. Taking your children with you to the park? Bring along some matches and consider it fun for the whole family! [EV Grieve]