Another Look at the Remodeled DeSalvio Playground in Little Italy

Posted on: March 22nd, 2019 at 5:08 am by

Two years of construction, and a decade of advocating, finally let up. About a month ago, Little Italy locals scored early access to a reinvigorated DeSalvio Playground on Spring Street ahead of the “official” opening.

The upgraded park at Spring and Mulberry Streets includes a curved seating area with benches, basketball court (with two hoops), jungle gym (atop rubber matting), and sprinklers.

There is also a perfect view of the adjacent luxury development at 75 Kenmare. What’s the amount of time before the new dwellers complain about the noise below?

The overhauled playground has been closed off to the public since 2017, when the $1.9 million rehab began. Reconstruction was a slog (it was supposed to last twelve months) thanks in large part to 75 Kenmare, which monopolized much of the playground space for a staging area. However, the push to upgrade DeSalvio is actually more than a decade in the making. Local organizations Bowery Babes, Friends of DeSalvio Playground, the Partnership for Parks, and the Citizens Committee of NYC had advocated for renovation since 2006.

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