The connection between this Bronx park and the celebrated queen Cleopatra of Egypt (69-30BC) may not be self-evident. The site was previously known as Anthony Avenue Park, after the avenue that bounds it on one side. Anthony Avenue itself takes its name from a prominent Bronx family. The avenue’s name, however, also sparked the imagination of Commissioner Stern. On April 8, 1997, he renamed the playground after Anthony’s ancient namesake, Marc Antony, famous for his ill-fated love affair with the beautiful, charming, and highly cultivated Cleopatra.