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Seward Park: 1903

Seward Park: 1903

1903. "Seward Park, New York, N.Y." Serving the immigrant neighborhoods of Manhattan's Lower East Side, the park was noted as being the first municipal playground in the United States. At left, the recreation pavilion, next to P.S. 62 in the final stages of construction. Click here for the other side of the park. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Photographic Co. View full size.


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Looking North and West

This view is from East Broadway, looking northwest. Essex Street is on the left behind the pavilion. #11-13 Essex, with its eight rounded windows on the top floor, is directly behind.

Hester Street runs off to the left, from the corner where the large awnings are. PS 62 is long gone, having been for a while in the 1920s Seward Park High School. It was torn down when the IND subway was built. The Oval at Seward Park marks the spot where it stood.

Kids were tougher then

Look at the size of that jungle gym, it would be totally outlawed today.

Where are the women? (Postscript)

Thanks, Dave. I feel better now.

Where are the women?

It's strange that I only see a couple of women in this photo. Basically, there's only men congregating around the children's playground. In today's world, that would be kind of scary. Was it any different back then?

[The photo shows only half of the park, which had separate areas for boys and girls. - Dave]

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