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Important Winter Storm-Related Service Changes

Due to the winter storm, NYC Parks will close this afternoon at 6:00 p.m., effective until further notice. Closures include all parks and recreation centers, and signage will be posted at all parks sites.

For more information, please visit our Storm Update page.

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Cherry Tree Park

99 St. To 100 St., 3 Ave.

Manhattan

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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.
In 1997, Parks renamed the George Washington Houses Playground of East Harlem Cherry Tree Playground. The park’s new name draws attention to both the property’s distinguishing trees and the folklore engendered by President Washington’s reputation for honesty. As popular 19th century legend has it George Washington (1732-1799) once cut down his father’s prized cherry tree on a youthful whim. According to Mason Weems, the biographer to whom the legend is attributed, Washington was tempted to deny his misdeed when confronted with the prospect of punishment, but, “looking at his father with the sweet face of youth brightened with the inexpressible charm of all-conquering truth, he bravely cried out, “I can't tell a lie. I did cut it with my hatchet.’” Since then, the cherry tree has been regarded as a symbol of young Washington’s integrity. Cherry Tree Playground’s original name referred to the adjacent housing project wi

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  • Cherry Tree Park
  • Cherry Tree Park Playground
  • Cherry Tree Park Basketball Courts
  • Cherry Tree Park Spray Showers

Cherry Tree Park Weather

  • Mon
    Snow
    26°F
  • Tue
    Heavy Snow
    26°F
  • Wed
    Mostly Sunny
    28°F
  • Thu
    Chance Light Snow
    29°F

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