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Initially known outside the Lower East Side principally for featuring in Lou Reed songs, Tompkins Square Park in 1989 became one of the major battlefields of the urban war against the homeless. Fenced Out: Tompkins Square Park and Homelessness in New York, a short film, recounts how cops ousted a sizable homeless community that had established itself in the park and asks its viewers to contemplate useful alternatives to this ongoing struggle. At noon today (and 2 p.m. Oct. 22) at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. FREE. (202) 272-2448. (MJ)