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Sol Lain Plgd

E. Broadway, Henry St., Gouverneur St.

Manhattan

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

This playground, located on East Broadway, Gouverneur, and Henry Streets, is named to honor Sol Lain (1936-1971), a community activist who dedicated his life to serving the youth of this Lower East Side neighborhood. Lain lived in the nearby Vladeck Park Houses and ran youth sports programs at the Henry Street Settlement, and later at the Educational Alliance. When Sol Lain died of cancer in 1971, a local law passed naming this park, formerly Henry Street Playground, in his honor.

Inspired by Lain’s commitment to his neighborhood, community members formed an organization to continue his work with children. The Sol Lain Association sponsors youth sports events at the playground and back-to-school block parties. The association also helps maintain the playground.

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