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Sutton Place Park

E. River bet.ween E. 56 St. and E. 57 St.

Manhattan

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

Effingham B. Sutton (1817–1891), a shipping merchant and entrepreneur, was one of the few prospectors who succeeded in building a fortune during the California Gold Rush of 1849. In 1875, Sutton built brownstones between 57th and 58th Streets in hopes of re-establishing a residential community. By the turn of the century, however, the neighborhood along the waterfront had become neglected, suffering from poverty and blanketed with substandard tenement housing. During this era, the neighborhood was infamous for gangs of street toughs, known as the Dead End Kids, who congregated at the end of these streets before Sutton Parks were built. Stanley Kingsley’s 1935 play about the area, Dead End, inspired several films depicting the area and the gangs.

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Sutton Place Park Weather

  • Wed
    Sunny
    89°F
  • Thu
    Sunny
    90°F
  • Fri
    Sunny
    87°F
  • Sat
    Chance Thunderstorms
    87°F

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