This park is named to honor Blake Hobbs (1911–1973), better known to local residents as “The Music Man of East Harlem.” A beloved musician, teacher, and volunteer, Hobbs dedicated his life to fostering the artistic growth of this neighborhood. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Hobbs graduated from John Hopkins University in 1933 with a degree in math. Back in Pennsylvania, Hobbs started a small answering service company, but after a divorce gave up the business and moved to East Harlem in 1958.
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