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Clement Clarke Moore Park

W. 22 St. and 10 Ave.

Manhattan

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

Scholar and poet Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863) is the namesake of two New York City parks. The first is a playground in Elmhurst, Queens, known as the Clement Clarke Moore Homestead. The second is this playground, located on a former farmstead purchased by Clement’s grandfather, Captain Thomas Clarke, in 1750.  A retired British Army officer, Captain Clarke named his property “Chelsea” after London’s Royal Chelsea Hospital for veterans.  His daughter and son-in-law extended the boundaries to what are now 19th Street, Eighth Avenue, 24th Street, and the Hudson River.

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