Housing Complex Alongside Public Hotel Finally Gets its Playground
While not yet operational, the jungle gym equipment is visible in the rear yard at the corner of Chrystie. Installation began a couple months ago, but it’s unclear when it’ll be in use.
The park was part of a deal with the devil, sowed seven years ago in an overcrowded Community Board 3 meeting room. That’s when the advisory body recommended approval for the plan that traded land for favorable lease terms (extending Section 8 affordability twenty years) and onsite amenities. The New York Times summed it up perfectly with a headline last fall – “How a Garden for the Poor Became a Playground for the Rich.”
Said amenities included a gym, communal space, storage lockers, and a courtyard playground. The indoor perks were installed around the time the Public opened; the playground is the last piece.