DeSalvio Playground

Luxury Development Plagues Newly Reopened DeSalvio Playground in Little Italy

Posted June 18, 2019 at 5:05 am

The reimagined DeSalvio Playground debuted back in February. Now, four months later, access is partially restricted thanks to construction work on the neighboring luxury condo building. A tipster sent us this photos illustrating the closure of both the basketball court and rock climbing feature. Contractors set down heavy foam and plywood surfacing while construction concludes […]

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Another Look at the Remodeled DeSalvio Playground in Little Italy

Posted March 22, 2019 at 5:08 am

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 […]

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The Remodeled DeSalvio Playground ‘Unofficially’ Debuts

Last modified February 26, 2019 at 2:24 pm

Six months after our last status report, DeSalvio Playground in Little Italy is now reactivated. Unofficially. Even though the Parks Department hasn’t yet cut the ribbon on the remodeled park space, scrappy locals are already enjoying the amenities. Word on the street is that city employees over the weekend accidentally opened the gates too early. […]

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DeSalvio Playground Rehab Delayed Another 6 Months (at Least)

Posted July 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

Once a scene of tumult, DeSalvio Playground in Little Italy is currently in ruins as its rehabilitation coincides with the construction of a luxury condo building next door. Construction started in July 2017, yet interim progress has been slow, if at all. Take a look. While the onsite signage promises a fall 2018 delivery – […]

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Reconstruction of DeSalvio Playground Finally Moves Forward

Posted July 20, 2017 at 5:07 am

DeSalvio Playground at Spring and Mulberry Streets in Little Italy is off-limits for the foreseeable future. The park is finally undergoing its long-awaited reconstruction. Parks Department workers dismantled the playground yesterday and the space is now another neighborhood construction zone. The $1.9 million project, which received funding from the City Council and Manhattan Borough President Gale […]

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