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ABC Playground

Essex St., Norfolk St. and Houston St.

Manhattan

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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.
The name of ABC Playground reflects both its location at the northern edge of Alphabet City and its proximity to Public School 20, the Anna Silver School. The newer, more imaginative appellation was bestowed upon the playground after a $250,000 improvement was made to the playground in October 1998. This improved playground now consists of modern play units, animal art, painted line games, a spray shower area, basketball hoops, and new safety surfacing. ABC Playground is in a historically significant location for park development in New York City. The first permanent playground was built by the City in 1903, and was located in nearby Seward Park at Essex Street and East Broadway. The Lower East Side has served as a gateway to America, and is rich in cultural traditions. It was first settled by free black farmers, and since the 19th century, an influx of Irish, German, Italian, Eastern European Jews, Russians, Romanians, Hungarians, Ukrainians, Slovaks, Greeks, and Poles added to

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Imagination Playground on the Road

The imagination playground provides child-directed, unstructured creative "free play", which is...

Directions to ABC Playground

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ABC Playground Weather

  • Sun
    Partly Sunny
    77°F
  • Sun
    Heavy Rain
    86°F
  • Sun
    Chance Thunderstorms
    83°F
  • Tue
    Mostly Sunny
    87°F

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