Asphalt Green

E. 90 St., York Ave., FDR Dr.


Directions via Google Maps

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

The City first mixed asphalt for its roads on this site in 1914. The modernist landmark that serves as this park’s namesake and centerpiece stands as the sole survivor of the former Municipal Asphalt Plant.

Ely Jacques Kahn and Robert A. Jacobs designed the plant and constructed it during World War II (1939-1945). Jacobs drew inspiration from the old airports outside Paris that he once passed while biking to work for French design innovator LeCorbusier in the mid 1930s. Reinforced concrete covers the parabola-shaped building’s 90-foot arches.

Read More

Directions to Asphalt Green

  • Asphalt Green
  • Asphalt Green Playground
  • Asphalt Green Basketball Court


Was this information helpful?