Hoyt Ave. North bet. 29 St. and 31 St.
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Hoyt Playground, as with the adjacent avenue, is named for Edwin Hoyt, a businessman who lived in Astoria in the 1800s. Edwin Hoyt (d. 1874) was the millionaire senior partner in Hoyt, Sprague, and Co., a dry goods business (clothing, textiles, and similar trade items), with Governor William Sprague of Rhode Island. Hoyt’s son, Edwin Chase Hoyt, and Governor Sprague’s son both married daughters of Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury under President Abraham Lincoln, and later Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. When Hoyt died on May 15, 1874, at the age of 70, all prominent dry goods businessmen kept their doors closed on the morning of his funeral out of respect for the deceased. He was buried in the Green-Wood Cemetery, between Fifth Avenue and Fort Hamilton Avenue, north of 37th Street in Brooklyn. The Hoyt mansion, located on Shore Road midway between 24th and 25th Avenues, was used as a summer home. After being rented during the 1890s, the 2½ sto…