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Yak Playground

Ave. Y between Coyle St. and Batchelder St.

Brooklyn

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

Nothing is more rare than a yak in New York City, except for here in Sheepshead Bay at Yak Playground, where the name is derived from Avenue Y, the street that borders it.

The yak (Bos grunniens) is a Tibetan ox, native to the mountainous regions of Central Asia. Listed as an endangered species, it is used as a beast of burden, as well as for its meat, milk and hide. An enormous blackish-brown and bushy-haired animal, yaks can grow to heights of 6 feet (at the shoulder) and weigh over a ton.

Sheepshead Bay also derives its name from the animal kingdom. The Sheepshead fish (Archosargus probatocephalus), silvery and black-banded, is native to the Atlantic coast and can be found from Nova Scotia south to the Gulf of Mexico. It gets its name from the shape of its teeth, which resemble those of sheep.

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Yak Playground Weather

  • Fri
    Mostly Sunny
    80°F
  • Sun
    Heavy Rain
    85°F
  • Fri
    Chance Thunderstorms
    83°F
  • Tue
    Mostly Sunny
    88°F

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