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Howard Playground

Mother Gaston Blvd. and Glenmore Ave.

Brooklyn

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

William Howard (1725-1777) owned the Rising Sun Tavern, also known as the Howard Halfway House because of its location between Brooklyn Village and the town of Jamaica at the intersection of the Bedford and Jamaica Turnpikes (now the corner of Broadway and Jamaica Avenue). The tavern lodged travelers, served as a gathering place, and sold basic supplies to the area farmers. Its design was unusual – the Rising Sun had two bars, segregated so its Dutch patrons would not have to endure the perceived indignity of drinking with their slaves.

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    Howard Playground Weather

    • Mon
      Increasing Clouds
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    • Tue
      Chance Light Rain
      58°F
    • Wed
      Chance Light Rain and Areas Fog then Chance T-storms
      68°F
    • Thu
      Mostly Sunny and Breezy
      49°F

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