Weeks-Long Closure of Nathan Straus Playground was Due to Parks Department ‘Oversight’

Posted on: October 22nd, 2020 at 5:00 am by

Until yesterday, the Nathan Straus Playground was locked up, leaving the community without a popular public amenity for three weeks.

The playground, which abuts the Attorney Street cul-de-sac, had been closed without notice or communication from the city. Though the adjacent school, PS140, did have access.

When reached for comment yesterday, the Parks Department admitted the closure was due to an “oversight,” and in response to our inquiry, reopened the play area.

“We have reopened the playground and are working to ensure that the space is open daily for the community to enjoy,” a Parks spokesperson told us. “It was mistakenly left closed due to an oversight.”

Nathan Straus Playground features basketball courts, handball, and a jungle gym. It was named for the philanthropist who, along with brother Issidor, founded the Macy’s department store. (His name is also memorialized in Straus Square at Rutgers and East Broadway.)

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