Cherry Street Hockey Rink Resurfaced with Turf Field
Street hockey players in the city, but the Lower East Side especially, are now short-handed. The ever-reliable Tanahey Playground rink on Cherry Street is officially gone.
The city removed the rotting boards and benches last week, and completed carpeting the concrete with AstroTurf.
As first reported last summer, the space was repurposed to accommodate organized youth sports that will be displaced during the inevitable $1.45 billion reconstruction of East River Park. The basketball court will also get repainted.
A hockey rink, in one form or another, had anchored Tanahey for the better part of the last two decades. Various hockey leagues used this space on weekends, including BTSH and the long-running Two Bridges Hockey League pickup game. (Actor Mike Myers was sometimes spotted playing here, too.)