Playground of the Americas
on the southeast corner of 6th
Avenue and Houston Street, directly across Houston Street from the
Passannante Ball Field
"In 1925, the City of New York acquired this property and transferred it to
the Department of Transportation as part of a Sixth Avenue renovation. The
Board of Estimate placed the parcel under Parks jurisdiction in May 1934. It
remained unnamed until February 1998, when Parks designated it Houston
Plaza. In 2000, it was renamed Playground of the Americas."
"On Saturday, September 22nd, the two playgrounds on Houston Street, one at
the corner of Sixth Avenue, and the other in the block between First and
Houston Streets at Ludlow Street, Manhattan, will be opened. This property
was turned over to the Department of Parks by the Board of Transportation.
It will have a formal park area in addition to the playground."
of the Americas - History, NYC Parks Department website (accessed 25
Parks Department Press Release, August 22, 1934.
- 2 Play Areas Opened on Houston
Street, New York Times, September 29, 1934, p.17. It says, "A
smaller plot across West Houston Street, a rest area for older persons, was
also opened yesterday." Which confirms that this playground was part of the
of the same project that produced the Passannante ball field.
Deal Assistance in NYC Parks Department Projects, 1934-43, which
explains how we know this park was a New Deal project.