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Nelson Playground

W 166 St bet. Woodycrest Av and Nelson Av

Bronx

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

Half Nelson Playground is located between Nelson and Woodycrest Avenues, south of West 166th Street, in the Highbridge section of the Bronx. The neighborhood abounds with place names that originated with Native Americans, colonial-era settlers, and 19th century engineers, farmers, and estate owners.

The Weckquaesgeek Indians formerly inhabited the area and called it Nuasin. This word is translated as “middle place” or “the land between” the Harlem River and Cromwell’s Creek. The Weckquaesgeeks called the Harlem River the Muscoota, which means “River among the green sedge” (grassy plants which have solid stems). Cromwell’s Creek, formerly known by the Indian name Mentipathe, flowed into the Harlem River near where Yankee Stadium is located, after following a course along what are now River and Jerome Avenues. Local colonists renamed this creek for James Cromwell, who owned a mill on the water.

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Nelson Playground Weather

  • Thu
    Scattered Thunderstorms
    84°F
  • Fri
    Chance Thunderstorms
    85°F
  • Sat
    Chance Showers
    82°F
  • Sun
    Chance Thunderstorms
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