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Chiarantano Playground

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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

Anthony Chiarantano (1934-1974), husband and father of six, worked as a telephone company foreman for 18 years and played an active role in community affairs. He managed to get the City to provide funding to build a ball field on this block. In the summer of 1974, upon returning from a family vacation in a car he borrowed from a friend, two men robbed Chiarantano of the seven dollars he had and then murdered him. This playground is named for him.

A Brownsville resident active in both family life and community affairs, Anthony Chiarantano was described as a friendly guy and a very good father. President of the 43rd Street Block Association, Chiarantano organized community events, including annual block parties. He volunteered at St. Therese of Lisieux Roman Catholic Church, coaching the church’s Catholic Youth Organization hockey, baseball and football teams. In his spare time Chiarantano coached the 67th Precinct’s Police Athletic League hockey team. Chiarantano also convinced the City to fund the baseball field that stood on this block before the construction of the school and adjoining playground.

In 1974 Anthony Chiarantano took a five-day vacation with his family to the Pocono Mountains of eastern Pennsylvania. Returning shortly after midnight on August 22nd Chiarantano dropped his family off at home and went to return the car a friend lent him for the trip. Shortly thereafter, he was dragged from his car and killed.

In 1978 a local law named this playground in honor of Anthony Chiarantano. The site, bounded by Farragut Road, East 46th Street, Glenwood Road, and East 45th Street, holds a field for little league baseball games and an area for both roller-skating and roller-blading.

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