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Rainbow Playground

6 Ave. bet. 55 St. and 56 St.


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

It is fitting that one of nature’s loveliest displays should provide the name for this playground in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park. The colors of the rainbow, intense when they first appear, gradually soften and combine, an appropriate metaphor for a community where diverse cultures live and work together in a harmonious blend.

Parks Commissioner Robert Moses (1888-1981) first proposed this playground in February 1954. In a letter to the Board of Estimate, he requested the assignment to Parks of “the entire easterly frontage of Sixth Avenue between 55th and 56th Street.” According to the letter, “this parcel is the only vacant area in a densely built-up community in [this] section of Brooklyn and the nearest recreational facilities are over half a mile away.” The Board of Estimate assigned the property to Parks a month later and it became the 56th Street Park

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