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Important Winter Storm-Related Service Changes

Due to the winter storm, NYC Parks are currently closed, effective until further notice. Closures include all parks and recreation centers.

NYC Parks will be evaluating city parks this morning. we expect to open them this afternoon and will be able to make that decision later this morning.

For more information, please visit our Storm Update page.

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Ericsson Playground

Manhattan Ave. and Leonard St.


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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.
Located at the intersection of Manhattan Avenue and Leonard Street in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint, this large playground is named for Swedish-American inventor John Ericsson (1803-1869) and the nearby public junior high school that also bears his name. John Ericsson, a Swedish-born inventor and army officer, immigrated to America at the request of the United States Navy to supervise the construction of a ship that would utilize many of his revolutionary mechanical designs. Named the U.S.S. Princeton, Ericsson’s experimental frigate included state-of-the-art screw propellers, smokestacks, ventilators, optical instruments, and gun carriages. In 1861, the inventor was asked to research and design a new vessel for the Union Navy, the U.S.S. Monitor.

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    Ericsson Playground Weather

    • Tue
      Light Snow
    • Wed
      Blowing Snow
    • Thu
      Chance Light Snow
    • Fri
      Chance Flurries

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