Sunners Playground

Avenue H bet. Kings Hwy. and E. 49 St.


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

This playground, located in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn and bounded by Kings Highway, Avenue H, and East 49th Street, is named for William Sunners (1903-1988), an educator, writer, and community activist.

Sunners was born and educated in New York City.He received a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College in 1929 and a master’s degree from New York University in 1931.Sunners became a high school teacher, and served nearly thirty years in the New York City public schools.In 1960, he retired from teaching to write professionally. Sunners wrote over one hundred books on solving puzzles, winning contests, and writing advertising jingles.A talented wordsmith, he created many crossword puzzles for the New York Times and earned the title “the King of 25-words-or-less.”One of Sunners’s familiar phrases was “a quitter never wins and a winner never quits.”

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