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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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Downing Street Playground

Downing St to Carmine St, Av Of Americas

Manhattan

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

This West Village Playground, located on Downing Street and Avenue of the Americas, is named for the street that runs to its south. Downing Street was laid out in 1799 and named no later than 1803, when it first appeared on a New York City map. The origin of its name is unclear. Some credit it to Thomas Downing (1791-1866), an African American freeman who moved to New York from Virginia in 1819 and made a career selling oysters. Located at 5 Broad Street, Downing’s Oyster House was popular with leading politicians, businessmen, and celebrities. Intriguing as this association is, however, it appears to be no more than a coincidence, for Thomas Downing arrived in New York City about twenty years after the street was named.

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Directions to Downing Street Playground

Downing Street Playground Weather

  • Tue
    Heavy Snow
    26°F
  • Wed
    Decreasing Clouds
    26°F
  • Thu
    Chance Light Snow
    29°F
  • Fri
    Chance Light Snow
    34°F

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