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Robert Moses Playground

1 Ave., E. 41 St. To E. 42 St.


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

"Parks are the outward visible symbol of democracy."
--Robert Moses, 1956

In five decades of public service, Robert Moses (1888-1981) had an extraordinary impact on the physical environment of New York. He played a primary role in the development of its parks, transportation, and housing. Moses was born on December 18, 1888 in New Haven, Connecticut. He graduated from Yale in 1909, received a jurisprudence degree from Oxford University in 1911, and a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University in 1914.

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