Housing Complex Alongside Public Hotel Finally Gets its Playground

Posted on: July 31st, 2019 at 5:00 am by

Two years after the 28-story Public Hotel debuted on Chrystie Street, there is finally a new playground for residents of the adjacent 10 Stanton Street.

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.

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