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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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Willoughby Playground

Tompkins Ave., Willoughby Ave., Vernon Ave.

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

Little is known about Samuel Willoughby, the immigrant businessman for whom Willoughby Avenue and Willoughby Playground are named. He moved to the United States when he was 19 and entered the dry goods business. In 1830, he married Margaretta Duffield, the daughter of one of Brooklyn’s wealthiest families. According to business directories at the time, he founded the Brooklyn Bank in 1832 and sat on the board of directors of the Brooklyn Fire Insurance Company and the Long Island Insurance Company. Willoughby also developed business property in downtown Brooklyn on a triangle bounded by what are now Pearl, Fulton and Willoughby Streets.

Willoughby Avenue opened between Franklin and Nostrand Avenues in 1851, in 1867 it was expanded between Yates Street (now Marcus Garvey Boulevard) and Broadway, and the final section between Tompkins and Throop Avenues was added in 1871.

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Willoughby Playground Weather

  • Tue
    Heavy Snow
    28°F
  • Wed
    Decreasing Clouds
    26°F
  • Thu
    Chance Light Snow
    30°F
  • Fri
    Chance Light Snow
    35°F

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