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Westbourne Playground

Mott Ave., Westbourne Ave. bet. Bay 28 St. and Bay 25 St.


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

This recreational area serves both the students of P.S. 104 and the surrounding community of Far Rockaway. The playground, originally named P.S. 104 Playground, was named for neighboring Westbourne Avenue in 1985.

The Canarsie (also “Canarsee”) Indians, who originally inhabited the Rockaway area, sold what was mostly barren land to English Captain John Palmer in 1685. The sale was memorialized in a deed issued by Governor Thomas Dongan. Disappointed with his purchase, Palmer sold the land in 1687 to a prominent iron worker from Long Island, Richard Cornell, whose descendant, Ezra, founded Cornell University in 1865.

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