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Alfred E. Smith Playground

Catherine Slip, Madison St. and South St.

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

The greatest privilege that can come to any man
is to give himself to the nation which reared him.

-Alfred E. Smith, Governor

Alfred Emanuel Smith (1873-1944) was a great figure in New York State, New York City, and the Lower East Side. A son of Irish immigrants, Smith dropped out of St. James Parochial School to help support his family. However, his lack of formal education did not hinder Smith from becoming a renowned New York legislator and executive.

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Recreation CentersAlfred E. Smith Recreation Center

The center will be closed on Monday, July 4th in observance of the independance day holiday. Normal operating hours will resume on Tuesday, July 5th. Enjoy the holiday! Telephones are currently out of service. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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