Mason Ave. bet. Buel Ave. and Dongan Hills Ave.
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This playground is named for the 17th century British governor of New York, Colonel Thomas Dongan (1634-1715).
Born in Castletown, Ireland, Colonel Dongan was dispatched by the Duke of York in 1683 to govern New York following the controversial tenure of Major Edmund Andros. Having previously served as military governor of Tangier, Dongan held an understanding of colonial administrations. Within months of his arrival, Dongan established the first representative assembly of the province, organized the colony into counties, and drafted the document that supplied the first civil framework for New York City, “Dongan’s Charter.”