NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF PARKS PRESS RELEASES, JANUARY-DECEMBER 1943

http://home2.nyc.gov/html/records/pdf/govpub/41991943_press_releases.pdf

Corrected by Frank da Cruz, August 2014.

1943 was the final year of the New Deal.  In this archive I cleaned only
those entries having to do with W.P.A. projects or the War.  The majority of
entries (schedules of events; announcements of contests, dances, flower
shows, baby animals born at the zoo, etc) are left in their original chaotic
scanned state.  Each cleaned entry begins with "+++" (without the quotes).

Search Terms relevant to New Deal:

relief funds
Work Projects Administration
W.P.A.
W.P.A. bands
W.P.B. (War Production Board)
OPA (Office of Price Administration)

Other interesting search terms:

Harlem
negro
Fats Waller
Music in Wartime

New Deal projects announced in this archive.  All of them are WPA projects
that were not finished by the time the WPA disappeared on June 30, 1943.
Most of them were 90% done, one or two only 50%.

11 Jan 1943  Queens      New playground at Seneca Avenue and 60th Place
18 Jan 1943  Brooklyn    Paerdegat Park, Albany Ave, E.40th St
13 Mar 1943  Bronx       Harris Field
13 Mar 1943  Manhattan   Playground at Madison-Park Ave, E.108-109 St.
13 Mar 1943  Brooklyn    Playground at Eastern Pkwy, Fulton-Truxton-Sackman Sts
18 Aug 1943  Bronx       New playground at 234 Street and Bailey Avenue
 1 Sep 1943  Bronx       New playground at 225 Street and White Plains Road
 8 Dec 1943  Manhattan   Harlem Meer in Central Park
20 Dec 1943  Queens      New playground at Brinckerhoff Ave & Union Hall St.

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                                    January - June 1943

1.    l/l0   Continuation of childrens marionette and magic shows

2.    l/ll   New playground in Queens adjacent to P.S.68

3.    l/l4   Gift of new recreation area in St. Albans, Queens

4.    l/l8   Paerdegat Park in Brooklyn open to the public

5.    l/21   Fourteen boxing bouts in East 5^-th street gym scheduled

6.    l/23   City wide ice carnival on January 24th

7.    l/25   Municipal lifeguard training course starts February 19th

8.    2/3    Proposed change in zoning resolution

9.    2/3    Roller skating show in Flushing Meadow February 3

10.   2/8    Extension of lifeguard course

11.   2/l4   Demonstration of recretional activities starts Fenruary 15th

12.   2/15   Groups putting up service flags, honor rolls and memorials in
             the city 

13.   2/21   Learn to swim campaign going on in indoor pools
             
14.   2/23   500th performance of puppet and marionette show

15.   3/l3   9 park projects bids open to finish work done by WPA - maps

16.   3/l3   Golf and tennis courts open -where and how much they cost.

17.   3/l4   Social and square dancing in Queens March 19 and 26th

18.   3/l9   Planting of new landscaping in parks

19.   3/l9   Bids for landscaping work on Brooklyn connecticing highway - map

20.   3/20   N.Y. State Indoor Speed Skating championships March 25th

21.   3/23   Hershey estate donates two female lions

22.   3/24   Robert Moses letter to Walter Hoving re. major living in Gracie
             Mansion

23.   3/27   154 baseball diamonds and 279 Softball fields open April 17th

24.   3/29   Park and community trust conducts sports competition for children

25.   4/7    City wide boxing finals April 8th

26.   4/ll   Ten municipal golf courses open April 17th

27.   4/17   Easter flower show - Prospect Park April l8th

28.   4/l8   New York Community Trust Spring sports tournamant

29.   4/l9   Girl Scout day camps starting July 1st

30.   4/29   Four thousand tulips donated by James Keur

31.   5/2    Roller skating in Flushing Meadow

32.   5/3    Timber bulk heads being built in Soundview Park, Bronx and
             Great Kills 

33.   5/3    Finals of NY Trusts Tournament in roller skating, hockey etc.

34.   5/7    Finals in Spring Tournament

35.   5/8    Reopening of Claremont Inn

36.   5/l0   Additional fishing areas designated

37.   5/13   City vide finals is CTT   (City Trust Tournament)

38.   5/13   Pitch and putt golf course in Jacob Riis Park

39.   5/l3   Childrens orchestra presents concert May l6th

40.   5/15   Continuation of CTT

41.   5/18   Boxing finals in CTT

42.   5/21   Birth of Aoudad (Barberry Sheep) "Yank"

43.   5/21   Finals in CTT

44.   5/23   Paddle tennis and Roller Derby finals in CTT

45.   5/28   Outdoor swimming pools open

46.   5/28   City wide finals in CTS

47.   5/29   Four Naumbery concerts scheduled

48.   5/31   Expanded park facilities

49.   6/2    Moses comments on proposed amendment to permit Sylvania building
             lab 

50.   6/3    City wide finals in CTT

51.   6/4    City wide finals finishing

52.   6/9    Surf cast fishing restricted - hours listed

53.   6/ll   Climax of CTT

54.   6/ll   Birth of Fallow Deer

55.   6/l2   33 concerts in various parks during the summer

56.   6/l3   Park Department Puppeteers will be back in the park

57.   6/13   Roller skating discontinued for summer

58.   6/13   Birth of two deer

59.   6/14   Sports tournaments begins June 19th

60.   6/16   Planning Committee public hearing June l6

61.   6/18   Swimming finals of NYCTT

62.   6/19   Birth of more fallow Deer

63.   6/26   16 out of 17 swimming pools will be kept open later in evening

64.   6/26   Schedule of Trysts finals

65.   6/28   First in series of five concerts June 29th

66.   6/29   Awards of Trusts Tournament

67.   6/30   Concerts with dancing in parks throughout the city.

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DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK
TEL. REgent 4-1000                         FOR RELEASE Wednesday, June 30,1943

          The Park Department announces a series of concerts with
dancing in the various parks throughout the city.   This is a second
annual series to be given by the Consolidated Edison Company. Admission is
free.

          The series will be inaugurated Thursday, July 1, at the Mall in
Central Park by Bob Allen and his orchestra. The last concert Till be held
Friday, September 17. Large open dance areas have been selected and seating
arrangements will be provided for thosa who com© to hear the music and watch
the dancing.

          These concerts and dances will run five nights a week from 3:30 to
10»30 P.M. in designated areas throughout the city. Two nights per week, the
program will be broadcast by Station WNYC. In each case provisions will be
made for dancers and spectators.  Before the season is over, the public will
have an opportunity to hear such bands as Sammy Kaye, Will Osborne, Jerry
Wald, Johnny McGee and Joe Venuti.

          Following is a list of the parks where these events will take
place during tho summer:

          In Manhattan:    Mall, Central Park, Colonial Play Center

          In Brooklyn:     Prospect Park, McCarron Park, Ocean Parkway
                           and Avenuo P, Bushwick Park, and Liev
                           Eriksson Playground.

          In Queenst       Jackson Heights Playground, Victory Field,
                           Grover Cleveland Playground and Jewell Playground.

          In Bronx:        Poe Park and Van Cortlandt Park, 242nd Streat
                           and Broadway.


Attached Schedule


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                              CITY 0F NEW YORK
                            DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
                   CONSOLIDATED EDISON'S NAME BAND DANCES
                                    1943

DATE                   LOCATIONS

Thursday, July 1       Mall, Central Park

Friday, July 2         Prospect Park Dance Area at 11 Street & Prospect Park W.

Monday, July 5         Colonial Play Center, 153 Street & Bradhurst Avenue, Man.

Tuesday, July 6        Jackson Heights Playground, Queens, 84 St. & 25 Avenue

Wednesday, July 7      Poe Park, 192 Street & Grand Concourse, Bronx

Thursday, July 8       Mall, Central Park

Friday, July 9         Prospect Park Dance Area

Monday, July 12        McCarren Park, Lorimer Street & Driggs Avenue

Tuesday, July 13       Playground a t 3C Ho?d & 45 Street , Queens

Wednesday, July 14     Poe Park, 192 Street & Grand Concourse, Bronx

Thursday, July 15      Mall Central Pork

Friday, July 16        Prospect Park Drnce Area

Monday, July 19        Grover Cleveland Playground, Stanhope Street & Grandview Av.

Tuesday, July 20       Victory Field , Woodhaven Blvd. &. Myrtle Ave«, Queens

Wednesday, July 21     Van Cortlandt Pork, 242 Street & Broadway, Bronx

Thursday, July 22      Mall, Central Park

Friday, July 23        Prospect Park Dance .area

Monday, July 26        Colonial Park, Manhattan

Tuesday, July 27       Jackson Heights Playground, 25 Ave. & 84 Street, Queens

Wednesday, July 28     Poe Park, 192 Street & Grand Conoourse, Bronx

Thursday, July 29      Mall, Central Park

Friday, July 30        Prospect Park Dance Area

Monday, August 2       Colonial Park, 153 Street & Bradhurst Avenue, Man.

Tuesday, August 3      Jewell Playground, Jewell Avenue & Utopia Parkway, Flushing

Wednesday August 4     Poe Park, 192 Street & Grand Concourse, Bronx

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Thursday, August 5      Mall, Central Park
Friday, .uugust 6       Prospect Park Dance Area
Monday, August 9        Playground at Ocean Pkwy, & Avenue P, Brooklyn
Tuesday, August 10      Jackson Heights Playground, 84 Street & 25 Avenue, Queens
Wednesday, August 11    Van Cortlandt Perk, 242 Street & Broadway, Bronx
Thursday, August 12     Mall, Central Park
Friday, August 13       Prospect Perk Dance Area
Monday, August 16       Playground at Broadway & 78 Street, Jackson Heights, Queens
Tuesday, August 17      Playground at 30 Road & 45 Street
Wednesday, August 18    Poe Perk, 192 Street & Grand Concourse, Bronx
Thursdey, August 19     Mall, Central Park
Friday, August 20       Prospect Park Dance Area
Monday, August 23       Colonial Park, 153 Street   Bradhurst Avenue, Man.
Tuesday, August 24      Jewell Playground, Jewell Ave. & Utopia Parkway, Flushing
Wednesday, August 25    Poe Park, 192 Street &· Grand Concourse, Bronx
Thursday, august 26     Mall, Central Park
Friday, august 27       Prospect Park Dance Area
Monday, August 30       Bushwick Park Playground, Knickerbocker Avenue   Putnam Av.
Tuesday, August 31      Marconi Playground, 155 Street & 108 Avenue, Jemaica
Wednesday Sept. 1       Van Cortlandt Perk, 242Street t Broadway, Bronx
Thursday, Sept. 2       Mall, Central Park
Friday, Sept. 3         Prospect Park Dance Area
Monday, Sept. 6         Leiv Eriksson Playground, 66 Street & 5 Avenue, Bklyn.
Tuesday, Sept. 7        Marconi Playgrbund, 155 Street & 108 Avenue, Queens
Wednesday, Sept. 8      Poe Park, 192 Street & Grand Concourse, Bronx
Thursday, Sept. 9       Mall, Central Park
Friday, Sept. 10        Prospect Park Dance Area
Thursday, Sept, 16      Mall, Central Park
Friday, Sept. 17        Prospect Park Dance Area

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DEPARTMENT OP PARIS                                          FOR RELEASE              Tuesday
ARSEE&L, CENTRAL PARK                                                                 June 2 9 , 1943.
TEL. REgent 4-1000




                           The Department of Parks announces that presentation of

     awards of t h e New York Community T r u s t ' s Spring Sports Tournament w i l l

    t a k e place a t t h e c i t y - w i d e f i n a l s of t h e senior bojrs s o f t b a l l game i n

    Heckscher Playground, Central Psjrk, Manhattan, Tuesday, June 2 9 , 6 P.M.

                           The Honorable Mayor LaGuardia has been i n v i t e d t o open

    t h e e v e n i n g ' s ceremonies by throwing out t h e f i r s t b a l l .            Commissioner

    Moses and Mr. Ralph Ha^res, r e p r e s e n t i n g t h e New York Community T r u s t ,

    w i l l d i s t r i b u t e t h e awards c o n s i s t i n g of Twenty-Five D o l l a r War Bonds

     and luggage t o a l l t h e c i t y - w i d e w i n n e r s , who have been summoned for

     t h i s occasion.      Musical s e l e c t i o n s w i l l be provided by t h e Department

     of S a n i t a t i o n Band.   I n a d d i t i o n t o the s o f t b a l l game, an e x h i b i t i o n

     i n horseshoe p i t c h i n g w i l l be given a t t h e same l o c a t i o n , by t h e

     finalists and winners of that event.

                   The Spring Sports Tournament, made possible by a $10,000

     donation from the He?; York Community Trust, embraced baseball, basketball,

     bo:dng, handball, horseshoe pitching, paddle tennis, track meet, ping pong,

     punchball, roller hockey, softball, shuffleboard and swimming, began in

     April and has attracted 43,644 entrants, who performed before 315,515

     spectators.         3,998 prizes consisting of Twenty-Five Dollar War Bonds,

     leather traveling bags, brief cases, military brushes, leather pocket-

     books, and other valuable prizes were awarded.

                            The program will bo broadcast by station WFYC. Ad-

     mission is free.

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DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK
TEL. REgent 4-1000                                       For Release Monday, June 28, 1943




                      The Department of Parks announces t h a t t h e f i r s t of

          a s e r i e s of f i v e concerts by the City ianateur Symphony O r c h e s t r a ,

          with Hon. Leopold Prince as conductor, w i l l be given on the

         M a l l , Central Park, Tuesday, June 29, a t 8:30 P.M.

                      The program f o r t h i s opening concart m i l       include

          well known s e l e c t i o n s by Beethoven, R o s s i n i , Bizet and Sousa.

                      The. four remaining concerts of t h i s s e r i e s w i l l a l s o

          ba given on the M a l l , Central Pfc.rk, on consecutive Saturday

          evenings--July 3 , 10, 1 7 , and 24 a t 8:30 P.M.

                      A l l c o n c e r t s w i l l ba broadcast over WYC from 8:30

          to 10 o'clock.

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        ARSMAI,, OBJpAL PARK
        TSL. REGENT 4-1000                                                                          June 26, 1943
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                       The Department of Parks announces thaar <s*Lty-wide f i n a l s of the New York

        Community T r u s t ' s Spring Tournament w i l l take place a s follows:

                       ^I9K9^§^^?3M$i'                       °n Saturday, June 26, at 3s00 P.M. in Hecksoher

        Playground, Central Park, Manhattan, g i r l s from the lynch Street and Lee Avenue

        Playground, Brooklyn, w i l l compete against those from Orotona Playground, The

        Bronx.

                       JUNIOR BOYS SOlTEAJ^t Sunday, June 27, at 2*00 P.M. at Eeckscher Play-

        ground, Central Park, Manhattan, the boys of Bushwick Playground, Brooklyn, w i l l

        compete against t h e boys of Columbus Park, Manhattan.

                       SENIOR BOYS BAS3BALL & TRACK KE8£t At Macombs Dam Park, The Bronx, on

        Sunday, June 27, at 2s30 P.M. the boys from Maurice Playground of Qneens w i l l

        play the winner of t h e Richmond versus Bronx game.

                       The contestants i n t h e t r a c k meet are the winners of borough-wide events

        conducted through the past two weeks.                     There are t h i r t e e n championships t o be

        decided by boys and g i r l s , 12 t o 18 years of age, in events such as the 50 yard

        dash, t h e 100 yard dash, t h e potato r a c e , t h e high jump, the 380 yard relay and

        the running broad jump.

                       The winning team members in boys 1 b a s e b a l l and s o f t b a l l w i l l receive

        gladstone t r a v e l l i n g bags and members of the g i r l s ' teams airplane luggage, while

        "die runners-up in t h e boys' d i v i s i o n w i l l be awarded l e a t h e r b r i e f cases and the

        g i r l s ' , b e a u t i f u l s i l k umbrellas.    All the winners in the t r a c k events w i l l be the

        r e c i p i e n t s of Twenty-Five Dollar War Bonds and the runners-up valuable p r i z e s *




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            The Department of Parks announces that becausa of the current heat

 wave sixteen of the seventeen outdoor swimming pools will be kep open until
 10 P.M.

            Manhattan:
               Hamilton Fish Pool, East Houston and Pitt Streets
               Colonial Pool, Bradhurst Avenue West 145 Street to 147 Street
               Highbridge Pool, Amsterdam Avenue and 173 Street
               Thos. Jefferson Pool, 111 to 114 Streets & First Avenue
               33rd Street Pool, 23 Street and East River Drive
                Carmine Street Pool, Clarkson Street and 7 Avenue
               60th Street Pool, 59 Street between Amsterdam & 11 Avenues

            Brooklyn;
               Sunset Pool, 7 .avenue and 43 Street
               B'icCarren Pool, Driggs Avenue and Lorimex Street
               Red Hook Pool, Clinton, 3ay and Henry Streets
               Betsy Head Pool, Hoplcinson, Dumont and Livonia Avenues

            Bronx:
               Crotona Pool, 173 Street and Fulton Avenue

            Queens:
              Astoria Pool, 19 Street and S3 Drive
              Flushing Meadow Amphitheatre, Flushing Moadow Park
            Richmond;
               Faber Pool, Richmond Terrace at Faber Street
               Toiapkinsville Pool, Victory Boulevard between Bay Street

                                   and Murray Eulbert Avenue

            The pool in John Jay Park at 78 Street and the last River Drive,

 Manhattan, will close at 9 P.M. until materials necessary to complete the

 lighting system are obtained.

            Until the end of the season, the pools will be open daily with the

 following operating schedule. On weekdays and Saturdays from 10 A.M. to 12s30 P.M»

 there is a free period for children under fourteen years of age during vfr-ich

 hours no adults are admitted to the pool area. After 1 P.M. on weekdays and

 all day Sundays and holidays there is a 90 charge for children under 12 years

 of a.ge and a 25$ charge for older children and adults.

            Groups in swindling, diving and water shows have been organis&ed at all

 pools.    Classes in swimming, life saving and first aid are included in the

 aquatic program.

             In accord with the policy set up by the Department of Parks last year,

 all uniformed members of the armed forces of the United Nations are admitted

 to the outdoor pools without charge.
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Telephone the following mlmm      at 31 A.M., 0/19/43 to Associated Prsse,
   Brooklyn Sfclly l e a l * and BrooklTn Cltiaon. P.M* wouldn»t talvs It-too


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                     Th© Dwpartoaat of Parka enaouaeoa the b i r ^ i ©f
                       fallow dee? at the Proapeot Park Soo»
            on Juns 18» 19-iS, The fatli©r/3pilc« and van 4omt©a
            I n 1935. The mother Spotle was (itemted by the
            lloyt ^stata of Center Island, long lelend, i s 1939.
            Ffctotogarartis may be teien iisnadlately..


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    DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
    ARSENAL, GMTRAL PARK           £?*i-,                    FOR RELEASE __
    TJffiL, REGENT 4-1OOO            ^ - \ h * yy^                       ' June 18,




               Tlie Department of Parks announces that the city-wide finals of the

    New York Community Trust's Spring Tournament in swimming will be conducted at

    Astoria Pool, 19 Street and 23 Drive, Queens, on Saturday, June 19, at 11 A.M.

               The contestants are the winners of 12 events, for boys and g i r l s

    between the ages of 12 and 18 years, held last week in the park pools through-

     out the five boroughs.       This attraction promises to be one of the most out-

     standing events in the entire Spring Tournament·

               The city-wide t i t l e s will be decided in the following events:

                 JUNIOR BOYS (12-16) 50 meters free style; back stroke;
                                     breast stroke,

                 JUNIOR GIRLS (12-16) 25 raeters free stylo; breast stroke;
                                      back stroke.

                 SENIOR BOYS (16-13) 100 meters free stylo; back stroke;
                                     diving (swan and 4 optional)

                 SENIOR GIRLS (16-18)50 meters free style; breast stroke;
                                     diving (swan, and 3 optional)


               The winner in each event will bo awarded a Twonty-Five Dollar War

     Bond, while the runnor-up in the boys division will receive a leather brief

     case and in the g i r l s division a beautiful silk umbrella.




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            OF PARES                                         ^ ^
AfeSEMAL, CELfTRAX PARK ^ ^                              . J^H?EI2ASS      Wednesday.
TSL. RSaSMT 4-1000            A          -N   /?                        " June 16, 1943




                  The City Planning Commission on June 15, 1943 will hold a public

    hearing on an amendment to the zoning resolution which permits under strict

    regulation the construction and maintenance of administrative offices and

    industrial laboratory buildings in residential sections of the city. Under

    the terms     of this resolution, these projects are subject to the following

    restrictions:

            1. Minimum plot size is ten acres.

            2. The buildings may not cover more than 25yo of the area of the plot.

            3. No structure may exceed a height of fifty feet.

            4. Buildings must be constructed at least SO feet

            5. The total floor area of the buildings may not exceed 50$ of the
                  area of the plot.

            6. Not less than 25$ of the area shall be landscaped as a park and
                  shall be accessible to the public.

            7. The architectural features of the buildings, landscaping the
                  grounds, and lay-out of the buildings, are subject to the
                  approval of the City Planning Commission and the Board of
                  Estimate. The resolution provides that no changes may be
                  made in the plan of the project after it has been approved
                  by the Board of Estimate and the Gity Planning Commission*

                 At the present time there is only one finn which has evinced an

    interest in constructing a project under the terms of this amendment. The

    Sylvania Products Company have indicated that they are desirous of establish-

    ing their administrative offices and laboratories on a 30-acr© site adjacent

    to the Clearview Golf Course, This is to be a permanent installation and is

    not a temporary project for the duration of the war. The?/ have prepared

    tentative plot plans, architectural renderings, ana a model indicating the

    type of improvement that may be expected under the terms of the resolution.

    The attached photographs indicate very clearly the type of development which

    may be expected.

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AES3KAL, C3NTRAL PARK                                            FOR 33LEASK
T2L, R3GMT 4-1000                                                              June 14, 1943




          The DepartmeniMMpaxisfs and the Park Association of Nev; York City an-

nounces that the Fourth Annual Sports Tournament will get under way, Saturday,

June 19, with competitions in tennis scheduled for a l l park tennis courts.            In

addition to tennis, this tournament is comprised of contests in golf and -swimming.

          The tennis events, consisting of four divisions, junior boys' singles,

men's singles, women's singles and men's doubles, have been a featured attraction

for the past three years.      All holders of Park Department tennis permits are

eligible to enter.

          Golf enthusiasts will be served by one of three classifications,

namely men, women and junior boys, who must be under 18 years.          Eligibility of

a l l entrants will be contingent on their residence in New York City and the

possession of regular golf permits.           Local course championships will be con-

ducted beginning Sunday, July U .

          The swimming events have been so drawn up that a l l age groups in both

novice and A.A.U. competitions will be accommodated.           The finals, the date and

 location of which will be announced later, will be held in midsummer.

           Entry blanks for any of these events may be obtained at any of the

borough offices or from personnel at the Park Department tennis courts, golf

 courses and swimming pools.

           The generosity of the Park Association of New York City, consisting

 of a group of public spirited citizens, has made this tournament possible the

 last three years.    Valuable trophies and awards will be made to the winners in

 all activities,

           MAMIiiTTAN     Mr. P. J . Cruise
                          Arsenal Building
                          64 Street & Fifth Avenue

           BROOKLYN        M r . R . C. J e n k i n s
                           Litchfield Mansion
                           Prospect Park
                           Prospect Park 'Vest & Fifth Street

           QTiJSEKS        Mr. J . J . Mallen
                           The Overlook
                           Union Turnpike £; Park Lane
                           Forest Park, Kevr Gardens

           BRONX           M r . G. L . Q u i g l e y
                           Bronx Park lilast & Birchall avenue

           RICHMOND        M r . A . M. A n d e r s o n
                           Clove Lakes Park
                           1150 Clove Road
                           West New Brighton
                           Staten Island

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DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK
TEL. REGENT 4-1000               L                    FOR RELEASE     Sunday,..
                                                                     June 13, 1943


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                The Department of Parks announces the b i r t h of two deer,

     both on June 11, 1943.

                One,    a red deer, was born in the Central Park Zoo.   The

      father i s Lindy and the mother, Bessie,    This calf, 25 pounds in

     weight, is Bessie's f i r s t offspring. .

                The other, a fallow deer, was born in the Prospect Park

     Zoo.   The father i s Spike and the mother, De-De.

                Photographs may be taken at any time.




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                   The Park Department announces that after the evening

         session at the New York City Building, Flushing Meadow Park, on

         Sunday, June 13, 1943, roller skating will be discontinued for

         the summer season.

                   Patronage of the roller rink has decreased rapidly

         during the past few weeks and, with the recent warm weather,

         interest in this activity has become so lew that the attendance

         no longer justifies its continued operation.    Both the roller

         and ice skating rinks will reopen early in the fall.

                   During the past season 235,642 persons availed them-

          selves of this facility.




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DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
 Arsenal,Central Perk                         F0I.v. RELEASE   Sundey, June 13,1943
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                 The Department of Parks announces that the Perk

      Department Puppeteers who, last year, played to 75,000 children,

     will give a series of open air puppet and marionette shows,

      including "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Jack and the Beanstalk,"

      daily except Sunday, from June 14 to July 3, inclusive, in various

      park playgrounds throughout the five boroughs, from an especially

      constructed trailer stage.

                 The first showing will be made beplnninp; Vonday, June 14,

      st Dry Harbor Playground, 80th Street and Myrtle Svenue, Queens,

      Rt 11 A.M. and 3:30 P.K.'

                 "Jack and the Beanstalk" consists of three acts lasting;

      approximately 45 minutes, while "Little Red Eiding Food11 consists

      of three acts and lasts about 50 minutes.

                 After a very successful winter season of performances

      at various public agencies throughout the city, the puppeteers

      spent a number of weeks in constructinr figures and rehearsing

      parts for the roles in "Little Red Riding Hood."

                 Peter Pan, the Magic I'an, with his bag of songs and

      tricks will make his initial seasonal eppeerence st Glendele Play-

      ground, 78th .Avenue and 74th Street, Glendele, and,Jackson Heights

      Playground, 84th Street and 30th Avenue, on June 14, st 11 J.K.

      end 3:30 P.M. respectively.

                · The shows idll continue to be presented at the various

      boroughs according to the attached schedule:

                  Queens -     June 14 to 17, inclusive

                  Bronx   -    June 18 to 22, inclusive

                  Manhattan - June 23 to 27,inclusive

                  Brooklyn -   June 28 to July 1, inclusive

                  Richmond - July 2 end 3

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                                         CITY OF NEW YGxiK
                                        DEPARTMENT OF


                          SCHEDULE OF TRAILER MARIONETTE THEATRE

                                              1943


                       "RED RIDING HOOD" &      "JACK AMD THE BEANSTALK/1



QUEENS,      Monday    June 14 Dry Harbor Playground                   .11 A* M. &   3:30 P. M.
                               80 Street and Myrtle Avenue
             Tuesday   Juno 15 Liberty Park                                          3:30 P. M.
                               Liberty Avenue and 172 Street
             7'Jednesday June 16 Maurice Playground, Borden,                          3:30 P. M.
                                 Maurice and 54 Avenues, Maspeth
             Thursday June 17 Queensbridge Playground, 21 Avenue
                              and Vemon Boulevard                                    3:30 P. M.

3R0NX        Friday    June 18 Glaremont Park North Plgd.,             11 A. M. & 3:30 P. M.
                               Teller and Mt. Eden Avenues
             Saturday June 19 Poe Park, East 192 Street                11 A. M. &    3:,"30 P. M.
                              and Grand Concourse
             Monday     June 21 Watson, Gleason and Noble              11 A. M. & 3:30 P. M.
                                Avenues Playground
             Tuesday   June 22 St. Mary's East Play ground,            11 A. M. & 3:,X) P . M.
                               14S Street and Trinity Avenue
          Alf Wednesday June 23 J . ilood .iirigj.it Playground, 175   11 A. M. &    3:30 P . M.
                                Street & ?i. Washington Avenue

             Thursday June 24 Kelly Playground, 17 Street              11 A. M. & 3:30 P. M.
                                  n e a r 8 Avenue

             Friday     June 25 Mt. Morris East Playground,            11 At M. &    3:30 P. M.
                                120 Street and Madison Avenue
             Saturday June 27 Ileckscher Playground,                   11 A. M. &    3:30 P. M.
                              65 Street and Central Park
BROOKLYN Monday         June 28 McCarren Play Center                   11 A. M. &    3:30 P. M.
                                Driggs and Lorimer Street
             Tuesday    June 29 Ne,r Lots Playground, Riverdale 11 A. K. & 3:30 P. M.
                                Avenue and Sackraan Street

             Wednesday June 30 Sunset Playground, 6 Avenue &           11 A. M. &    3:30 P. M.
                               44 Street
             Thursday July 1      Kelly Memorial Playground,           11 A. M. &    3:30 P. M.
                                  Avenue S and East 14 Street
             Friday     July 2    Clove Lakes Park, Victory                          11 A. M.
                                  Blvd. & Clove ltd.., west Bri.v'iton
                                  Silver Lake Park, Victory Blvd.                    3:30 P. M.
                                  and Forest Avenue, West Brighton

              Saturday July 3     Lev/ Playground, Jewett and                        11 A. M.
                                  Castleton Avenua, Pt. Richmond

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                                   DSPMlTIvENT OF PAJK8
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                              I IA.GIO        SONG


 3USSN3     Monday, June 14 -       Glendale Playground, 78 Avenue             11 A, M.
                                    and 74 Street , Glendale
                                    Jackson Hei-silts Playground,              3:'.>G P.M.
                                    84 Street and 30 Avenue

            Tuesday, June 15 -      30th ~i.oad Playground, 45 Street     11 A . II.&
                                    and 30 .-.toad, Astoria                    3:30 P.M.

            "Wednesday, June 16- Daniel O'Connell ?la3r£i*ound,                11.A. M. &
                                 113 S t . & 196 S t . , S t . Aibans          3:30 P.M.
            Thursday, June 17-      Tudor Playground,N. Conduit Ave.           11 A , M . &
                                    80 & 88 S t s . , S. 9zone Park            3:50 P.1.1.

B30NX       Friday, June 18 -       Zimmerman Playground, Oli'nville           11 -s.. Li. &
                                    Avenue and B r i t t o n Street       3: "
                                                                                  JO P.M.

            Saturday, June 13-Jillianisbridge Oval, D. 208 S t .               11 A. Ivi.
                              & Bainbridge Avenue
                              S t . James Plays-oound, Jerocie                 3:30 P. M.
                              Avenue and E. 191 S t .
            Monday, June 21 - Lyons Square Playground, Aldus S t . ,           11 A . M. &
                              Bryant and vJhitlock Avenue                      3;30 P.M.

            Tuesday, June 22 - Liullaly Hecreation Building,                   11 A. M. &
                               Jerome Avenue & 3. 165 St.                      3:30 P . M.

MANHATTAN   "Wednesday,June 23-     East River Drive and 12 Street             11 >t. M.
                                    Playground
                                    Corlears iiook Playground, foot            3::o    P.M.
                                    of Jackson Street, & Cherry St.

            Thursday, June 24- Se.iard Park, East Broadway and
                               Canal Street
                               Columbus Park, Baxter and Jorth                 3 : . 50 P. ,k.
                                     Streets

            Friday , June 25 -       Lewis and ..iivin^ton Strosts Plgd.       11      . M,
                                     3ulick Playground, Sheriff,                     ^0 P. lu
                                     Broome and DsL.ncey Streets

            Saturday,June 26 -       Kelly Playground, 17 Street near          11 A
                                     8 Avenue
                                     Downing Playground, Downing &             3:30 P. .1.1.
                                     Carmine Streets

             kioniay, June 28 -     lit. Morris .Jest Play^r-eund, Nathan      11      . i
                                    Davis Place and 'J. 122 Street '
                                    McCray Playground, .  ;'
                                                           . 138 Street,       3&:     P, ,M.
                                    between 5th and tenox Avsnues

BROOKLYN    Tuesday, June 29 -       New Utrecht Avenue . nd 70 S t . Pl<id.   11 ·"·» M. &
                                                                                3:50 P.M.
            Wedri8sday,June 30-      Seth Lov; Playgiound, Bay Parkway &       11 A.M. &
                                     Avenue P                                   3:30 P.M.

            Thursday, July 1 - Park Aveme and Taarfs* Pi. Plgd                 11 A.M. &
                                                                                3:30 P.M.

            Friday, July 2           Atlantic Avenue end Linvrood St. Plgd. 11 A . LA. £
                                                                            3:30 P.M.

            Saturday, July 3 - Union & Van Brunt Sts. Plgd,
                                                                                 3:>X) P.M.



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      DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
                                                         F0R
      ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                    HELEASE
      TEL. REGENT 4-1000
                                                                         June 12, 1943




                      The Department of Parks announces a series of 33 concerts

            under the sponsorship of a number of commercial organizations arranged

            by the American Federation of Musicians Local 802. These concerts will

            be presented at various parks in the city beginning with the first

            concert on Sunday, June 13, 3:30 P.M. at the Music Grove, Forest Park,

            Queens, and continuing until Thursday, September 2, according to the

            attached schedule.

                      Because of the travel restrictions due to war necessities,

            the schedule has been so arranged that these concerts will be conducted

            at 27 diversified areas. There will be ten afternoon concerts and the

            remainder will be held in the evening.

                      The sponsoring organizations are: The N*w York Central

            System, Manufacturers T 'ust Company, New York Telephone Company,

            International Business Machine Corporation, Prudential Steamship

            Company, Skouras Theatres Corporation and Cushman Sons Inc,




            Attach.

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                                           DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
                                            CITY OF NEW YORK
                                               Presents -
                       SERIES OF CONCERTS SPONSORED BY COMORO IAL..ORGANIZATIONS

                              I n Cooperation With Local 802, A. F . of M.



Sun.     June* 13        3;30 p.m.    F o r e s t Park Music Grove, Woodhaven B l v d . & Myrtle Ave,
                                                            York Central System

Tues,    June 15         7:00 p.m.    Queenabridge Housing P l g d . , Vernon B l v d . , 40 Ave. & E.R.
                                                   Manufacturers T r u s t Co,

T h u r s . June 17      7:00 p.m.    L i n c o l n Torraoe P l g d . , Rochester & E . N.Y. A v e . , Bklyn*
                                                         Cushman's Sons, I n c .

Sun,     June .20        3:30 p.m.    Poe P a r k , 192 Street & Grand Concourse, Bronx
                                                       New York Telephone Co,

Wed,     June 23         12 noon      Union Square Park, Manhattan
                                                   Skouras T h e a t r e s Corp,

Thurst June 24           7sOO p.m.    Grover Cleveland P l g d # , Stanhope S t , & F a i r v i e w Ave, Q.
                                                   Manufacturers T r u s t Co,

Sun,     June 27         3:30 p»m.    Tompkins Square P a r k , 10 S t . & Ave, A (New B l d g . )
                                                   New York Telephone Co,

Tues.    June 29         7:00 p.m.    Neptune Ave & West 25 Street P l g d . , Brooklyn
                                                   I n t e r n a t i o n a l B u s i n e s s Machine Corp.

T h u r s , July 1       7:00 p.m.    Betsy Head P l g d . , Dumont & Hopkinson A v c s , , Bklyn.
                                                     Fcnufcicturcrs T r u s t Co,

Sun.      Jul3>" 4       7:00 p.m.    Thomas J e f f e r s o n Park, 113 S t , 4- E a s t River D r i v e , Man.
                                                          New York Telephone Co.

Tues.     July 6         7:00 p.m.    Red Hook Park Stadium, Richard & Pioneor S t s , , Bklyn
                                                   Cushman's Sons, I n c .

Thurs. July 8            7:00 p.m.    Bushwick P l g d . , Knickerbocker & Putnam A v e s , , B k l y n .
                                                      P r u d e n t i a l Steamship Co.

Sun.      July 11     3:30 p.m.    F o r e s t Park,Music Grove, Woodhaven B l v d . L Myrtle Avc, Q
                                                        I n t e r n a t i o n a l Businc-ss Machine C o r p .

Tues.     July 13     3:30 p.m.    Orchard Beach, Bronx
                                                   Manufacturers T r u s t Co,

T h u r s . July 15      7:00 p.m.    Sunset P o o l , 7 Ave. t 44 Street , Bklyn.
                                                       New York Telephone Co.

Sun.      July 18        3:30 p.m.    King P a r k , Jamaica Ave. & 150 Street , Queens
                                                       Skouras Theatres C o r p ,

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Tucs.   July 20   7:00 p.m.   Riverside Park at 105 Street , Manhattan
                                           Fanu fa. o tur or s Trust Go.

Thurs. July 22    7:00 p.m,   Crotona Pool, East 173 St. & Pulton Ave., Bronx
                                               York Telephone- Co.

Tucs.   July 27   7:00 p.m.   Colonial Prrk, Bradhurst Ave. & 146 S t . , Man.
                                           Prudential Steamship o.
Thurs. July 29    7:00 p.m.   MaCarren Pool, Driggs Avc. & Lorimcr S t . , Bklyn.
                                           lew York Telephone Co.
Sun.    Aug. 1    3:30 p.m.   Forest Park Music Grove, Myrtle Ave. & Woodhsvcn Blvd.Q
                                           Manufacturers Trust Co.

Tucs.   Aug. 3    7:00 p.m.   S t . Mary's Park, E. Trinity Avc. & S t . Mary's S t . Bronx
                                             Cushrrnns Sons, I n c .

Thurs. Aug. 5     7:00 p.m.   Chelsea Park. 28 Street & 9 Ave., Manhattan
                                           New York Telephone Co.

Sun.    Aug. 8    3:30 p.m.   Poc- Park, 192 Street & Grand Concourse, Bronx
                                            New York Central System

Tucs.   Aug. 10   3:30 p.m.   Orchard Beach, Bronx
                                           Manufacturers Trust Co.

Thurs. Aug. 12    7:00 p.m.   State Anphitbrntrc., Flushing Jfcc;dov Prrk, Queens
                                           Skouras Theatres Corp.

Tucs.   Aug. 17   7:00 p.m.             River Park a t Rivington Street , Manhattan
                                                New York Telephone Co.
                              1/ir
Thurs. Aue. 19    7:00 p.m.          illia.msbridgc Oval, 208 S t . & Bairibridgc Avc«, Bronx
                                                  Manufacturers Trust Co.

Sun.    Aug. 22   7:00 p.m.   Playground a t Albany & East New York Avcs,, Brooklyn
                                            New York Telephone Co.

Tucs.   Aug. 24   7:00 p.m.   Hamilton Fish Pool, P i t t & Stanton S t s . , Manhattan
                                           Manufacturers Trust Co,

Thurs. Aug. 26    7s00 p.m.   Colonial Park, 146 Street & Bradhurst Ave., Manhattan
                                            New York Telephone Co.
Tucs.   Aug. 31   7:00 p.m.   McCombs Dam Park, 161 S t . L Jerome Avc., Bronx
                                           Manufacturers Trust Co.

Thurs. Sept. 2    7:00 p.m.   Thomaa Jefferson Park, 114 S t . b 1 Avc., Manhattan
                                            New York Central System

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DEPARTIISNT OF TURKS
AJasa&Al, CI8TRAI. PARK                         A
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TEL. fiEGSTP 4-1000                                                           June 1 1 , 1943




                          The Department of Parks announces the b i r t h of an

            eight pound fallow deer a t the Prospect Park Zoo on June 7.

                          The father Spike, and the mother E l s i e , were

            anonymous donations to the zoo in 1935,

                          The new a r r i v a l i s doing well and photographs aay

            be taken a t any time.




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ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                                    FOR RELEASE            Friday,,
TSL. REGENT 4-1000                                                                            June 1 1 , 1943


                The Department of Parks announces that the New York Community Trust's

Spring Tournament is approaching a climax beginning Friday, June 11, through Sunday,

June 13, with district finals in swimming and borough finals in baseball, soitball

and track meets.

                Throughout the past week 17,000 spectators have witnessed 45 games of

elimination in this tournament.

                The senior boys on the winning baseball and softball teams will be the

recipients of military brushes, and the juniors a ball and glove, while the winning

girls team will be awarded handsome leather handbags. The district winners in the

swimming events will receive suitable prizes.

                                            BASEBALL - BOROUGH FINALS
June   12   -   Manhattan, North Meadow Playground , 100 S t . & West Drive                   3J00   P.M.
June   13   -   Brooklyn, Parade Grounds, Coney I s l a n d cc Caton Avenues                           4:00   P.M.
June   11   -   Queens, Victory Field , Woodhaven Boulevard & Myrtle Avenue                  6:00   P.M.
June   13   -   Bronx, S t . M a r y ' s P a r k , S t . M a r y ' s S t . & Jackson Avenue           11:00   A.M.
June   13   -   Richmond, Clove Lakes P a r k , Victory Blvd. & Clove Road                      10:00   A.M.
                                   SOFTBALL - BOROUGE FINALS
                  p__ JL6_ .yjsars
June 13 - Brooklyn, L i n c o l n T e r r a c e P l g d , , Buffalo & R o c h e s t e r Avenues        4:00 P.M.
June 13 - Bronx, Crotona P a r k East n e a r C h a r l o t t e Street                            2:00 P.M.
June 14 - Richmond, S i l v e r Lake P a r k , West New B r i g h t o n                                4:00 P.M.


June   13   -   Manhattan, Eeckscher Plgd., 62 St. & West Drive, Central Park                          3:00   P.M.
June   13   -   Brooklyn, Lincoln Terrace Plgd., Buffalo & Rochester Avenues                           6:00   P.M.
June   13   -   Bronx, Crotona Park near Charlotte Street                                             10130   A.M.
June   14   -   Richmond, Silver Lake Park, West Kew Brighton                                          6S00   P.M.


June i f        Manhattan, Heckscher P l g d . , 62 S t . & West D r i v e , Central Par         6:00 P.M.
June 12         Brooklyn, Lincoln T e r r a c e P l g d . , Buffalo & R o c h e s t e r Avenues        6:00 P.M.
June 13         Bronx, Crotona P a r k near C h a r l o t t e Street                             12:00 Noon

                                       TRACK MEETS _-_ BOROUGH FIKALS
June   12       Brooklyn, Red Hook Stadium, Bay & Court Street s                                  2:30     P.M.
June   12       Bronx, Macombs Dam P a r k , East 162 Street & R i v e r Avenue                   1:00     P.M.
June   12       Richmond, Clove Lakes P a r k , Clove Road & Victory Blvd.                      10:00     A.M.
June   13       Queens, Victory Field , Woodhaven'Blvd. & Myrtle Avenue                      1:00     P.M.


June 11 - Richmond, Faber Pool, Richmond Terrace at Faber Street            4:00 P.M.
 t!
     "       "      Lyons Pool, Victory Blvd., Bay St. & Murray Hulbert Ave. 4:00P.M.
June 12 - Manhattan, Thomas Jefferson Pool, 111-114 St. & 1st Avenue       11:00 A.M.
 i!  it      «t      Carmine St. Pool, Clarkson Street & 7 Avenue          11:00 A.M.
 tl  n       n       Hamilton Fish Pool, East Houston & Pitt Street         2:00 P.M.
 fl  n       !t
                     Colonial Pool, Bradhurst Avenue & W. 145 Street       10:00 A.M.
 If  tf      «
                     Highbridge Pool, Amsterdam Ave. & 173 Street          11:00 A.M.
June 13 -    ft
                     East 23 St. Pool, last River Drive at 23 Strsst       11:00 A.M.
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                     West 60 St. Pool, 11 Avenue & West 60 Street           2:00 P.M.
 tt  n       If      John Jay Pool, 78 Street & East River Drive            2:00 P.M.
June 12 & 13 - Brooklyn, McCarren Pool, Driggs £s Lorimer Streets           2:00 P.M.
 1 1
     "    " - Queens, Astorie, Pool, 19 Street & 23 Drive                   1:00 P.M.
June 12 - Bronx, Crotona Pool, 173 Street & Fulton Avenue                  10:00 A.M.

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ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                              FOR R          Wednesday,
TEL. SKBNT 4-1000                                               June 9, 1943




                   Because of the heavy and early usage tliis year of

         the beaches by the bathing public, the Department of Parks has

         found it necessary to restriqt surf casting fishing at Rockaway

         and Coney Island to the hours listed below:-



        Rockaway Beach, Beach 17 to Beach 19 Streets - dawn to 8 A.M.·

        Rockaway Beach, Beach 19 to Beach S3 Streets - daylight hours

        Rockaway Beach, Beach 23 to Beach 73 Streets - davm to 8 A.K,'

        Rockaway Beach, Beach 126 to Beach 149 Streets - dawn to 8 A,M»·

        3ay 13, Jacob Riis Park, Keponsit - davm to 8 A.M.

        BROOKLYN

        Coney Island, Bay 14, east of Steeplechase Pier - dawn to 8 A.M.'




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ARSfflAL, CJETRAL PARK     cpTf}, f>    I H U " ^           Fnl^H^ASE      Friday,
                          T
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             The Department of Parks announces that the city-wide finals of the

 New York Community Trust's Spring Tournament in Basketball will be hald on

 Sunday, June 6, at 11:00 A.M., at Victor/ Field, Woodhaven Boulevard and

 Hyrtle Avenue, Queens, and in Girls Punchball at Roosevelt Playground, Forsyth

 and Chrystie Streets, Manhattan, on Saturday, June 5, at 2:30 P.M.

             There are three divisions in basketball, Junior Boys 12 to 16, Senior

 Boys, 16 to 18 and Senior Girls, 14 to 18 years.       The contenders for the

 championship will play off at Victory Field as follows:

 J r . Boys Basketball - 11:00 A.M. - Sunday, June 6

             The Bronx boys from Spoffard Avenue Playground will meet the winner

 of the Brooklyn-Richmond game which i s to be played off at Roosevelt Playground

 on Saturday.

 Sr. Boys Basketball - 3t00 P.M. - Sunday, June 6

             The boys on the O'Connell Playground Team representing Queens w i l l

 play the winner of the Brooklyn-Richmond game to be played off on Saturday at

 Roosevelt Playground.

 Girls Basketball - 1:00 P.M. - Sunday, June 6

             The g i r l s of the Astoria Playground Team representing Queens w i l l take

 on the winners of the Brooklyn-Richmond game which will have been played on

 Saturday.

             How that the teams are running down the home stretch, the final game

 in each division promises to be very lively, interesting and keenly contested.

 All of these teams are semi-finalists, who have survived an arduous series of

 eliminations.     A t o t a l of 516 basketball games were played during Kay, and the

 teams now comin g out on top show real championship quality, keen, fast and

 well organized.

             The Girls Punchball contest consists of one division for g i r l s 14

 to 18 years.     Representing Queens, the team from Broadway and 78 Street Play-

 ground will meet the Lynch & Lee Avenues Playground team from Brooklyn, on

  Saturday, June 5, at 2:30 P.M., at Roosevelt Playground.        This i s the champion-

  ship game.

               Each member of the winning team in the Junior and Senior Boys basket-

  b a l l divisions will receive a handsome leather gladstone bag, vfoile members of

  the runner-up teams will receive a leather brief case. ^The winning members of

  the g i r l s toams in both punchball and basketball w i l l receive airplane luggage.

  The second place winners will get silk umbrellas.

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D2PARTMENT OF PARKS
ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK
                                I                                            F0R                Thursday,
TIL. REGENT                                                                                    June 3, 1943




               The Department" of Parks announces t h a t t h e c i t y - w i d e f i n a l s o f t h e

Boxing Championships i n t h e New York Community T r u s t ' s Spring Tournament w i l l

be conducted a t McCarren P a r k , Driggs Avenue and Lorimer Street , Brooklyn, on

Friday , June 4 , a t 7:00 P.M. Admission i s f r e e .

               These b o u t s embrace two a g e d i v i s i o n s of boys 14 t o 16 and 16 t o 18

years, with six bouts in the Junior and five bouts in the Senior division.                                The

Junior group w i l l contest t i t l e s , ranging from the 85 l b . class to the 135 lb.

class, while the Seniors will decide the championships in the 118 l b . to the

160 l b . c l a s s .

              The boys appearing in these finals have fought their way through a

series of eliminations starting in the d i s t r i c t finals and emerging as the

victors in the city semi-finals.

              The winners in each weight classification will receive a Twenty-Five

Dollar War Bond and the runner-up w i l l be awarded a brief case.                         Following are

the boys competing in the final bouts:

                                                   JUNIORS

85 lb. class            Alfred Wilkinson        (Man.)      VS Kenneth McLain                (Bronx)

95 lb. class            Leon Russel             (Kan.)       VS John I n g e n i t o         (Brooklyn)

 105 lb. class          Angelo Luonga            (Man.)      VS Steve Y e l l o v i c h      (Richmond)

 118 lb. class          Ssme Springer            (Man.)      VS Frank DeBerardino             (Richmond)

 126 lb. class          Al Lind, Jr.             (Man.)      VS William Wells                (Brooklyn)

                                                   SENIORS

 118 lb. class          Cecil Schoonmaker (Man.)             VS Tony Giammarino               (Brooklyn)

 126 l b . class        William White            (Man.)      VS Stephan Mascueci              (Bronx)

 135 l b . c l a s s    Robert Williams          (Man.)      VS Howard Ward                   (Bronx)

 147 lb. class          Vernon Manley            (Bronx)     VS Roy A l l e n                 (Brooklyn)

 160 lb. class          Carlo Anderson           (Bronx) VS Gregory Siragusa                  (Queens)

                                      SPECIAL 155 lb. JUNIOR CLASS

                        Angelo ChiapPerino(Rich.)            VS Andy Camera                   (Brooklyn)


                The official judges will be Henry Kremens, Joseph L. Hedberg, A.A.U.

 boxing official, and Oscar Michaud, time-keeper, of the Department of Parks.

 Referees will be Ben "Shadow" Carubia, National Golden Glove Champion and

 Bernard Newman, A.A.U. boxing official.


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          I have been asked by the newspapers to comment on the item listed as

No. 17 on the Planning Commission calendar for June 2nd,

          This is a substitute for the proposed amendment to Section Sl-c which

was considered by the Planning Comciission a few months ago, which I opposed.

While the immediate objective of both resolutions was to permit the Sylvania

Products Company to build an industrial laboratory adjacent to the Clsarview

(toIf Course, the safeguards provided are entirely different.

          The original proposal permitted the Board of Standards and Appeals,

with the approval of the Planning Commission to authorize the construction of

any kind of industrial, business or other development in any area, with what-

ever safeguards they night require. The new proposal requires the applicant

to go through the same procedure prescribed for a change in zone. Ho must

submit the application to the Planning Commission, where a hearing will be held

on the design and use of the structures.    It would then go to the Board of

Estimate for approval*   If twenty per cent of the people in the surrounding

area oppose such an item, it will then require the unanimous vote of the 3oard

of Estimate. Thus any member of the Board could block the project.

          The resolution as proposed provides more safeguards than the Zoning

He solution, because it requires complete approval of the -proposed use of the

individual structures, approval of architectural plans, and plans of the open

spaces around tho buildings. The proposed resolution specifically provides

that all projects raust be "consistent with arid designed to promote and benefit

the value and use of the property in such (-residential) districts or in areas

which are predominantly residential        - ."   It requires that the site must

contain at least ten acres and that at least twenty-five per cent of the

property shall consist of a landscaped park area to which the public shall

have access, subject to reasonable restrictions. Not more than twenty-five

percent of the area can be covered with buildings and the ratio of the floor

area of the buildings and structures shall not exceed .5 of the area of the

plot. No buildings are permitted to be more than fifty feet in height.

Obnoxious uses presently listed under Sections 4-a and 4-b of the existing

Zoning Resolution are prohibited by this proposal.

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          If the proposed use as approved by the Planning Commission and the

Board of Estimate is to be changed in any way, the petitioner must file a

new application and go through a new hearing.

          I am convinced that a section such as this, which can be used to

encourage a laboratory such as the Sylvania Products proposes to settle in

New York, should be made a part of the zoning resolution and, unless some

objections that I have not considered are raised at the Planning Commission

hearing, I intend to vote favorably on the proposal. Once this amendment is

approved by the Planning Commission and the Board of Estimate, it will be

possible for the Sylvania Products Corporation to submit an application to

the Planning Commission, and at that time those interested will be given an

opportunity to be heard for and against the proposal.

          Sylvania Products have advised me that they will limit the use

strictly to an industrial laboratory and administrative offices. As yet,

they have made no formal application and it is impossible to pass judgment

in advance. They are also preparing a model which will show just what they

propose. They indicate that the plan is similar in principle to Nela Park,

the National Electric Light Association model plant at Cleveland, Ohio.

          It is my honest belief that the proposed amendment and the Sylvania

Flan will improve the neighborhood, protect Clearview Park and the Belt

Parkway, and will in no way endanger private homes in this section.   If I

believed otherwise, I should not vote for it.




                                            /s/ ROBERT MOSES

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                    The Department of Parks offers a complete summer program of recreation

        for those who because of the pleasure driving ban must seek recreation within

        the city.

                    The expanded park system provides withing walking distance or within

        a five or ten cent rapid transit fare, recreation areas of all types.

                    Facilities such as the average New Yorker expects to find only miles

        from the city are now available liter-ally at his back door. There are sixteen

        picnic areas with fireplaces, one of which is along the shore front at Plum

        Beach in Brooklyn.,;

                    In cooperation with the Girl Scouts of America the department has

        arranged an expanded program of Day Camps in the Bronx, Queens and Richmond.

        The camps will open on July 1 and end on August 13. All girls whether or not

        they are Girl Scouts are welcome and the charge for a two week period is fifty

        cents. The girls bring their own meals and will enjoy all that goes with camp

        life except that they will not live on the camp grounds. They will be taught

        caiapcraft, handicraft, folk dancing, singing, photography, and all that goes

        with a summer camp. The department is assigning personnel to aid in carrying

        out this program.

                    Rowboating on a lake?     Six locations are available within the city

        limits and within not more than ten. cents fare from any borough. Nature trails

        are also available as well as modern zoos in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx and

        Richmond.

                    Seventeen outdoor swimming pools will reopen on Saturday, May 29,

        for weekend operation until June 20, after which time they will remain open

        daily.   Glasses in swimming will again be arranged this year for both adults

        and children in connection with which preinduction swimming" wi 11 be tau^it to

        the young men and women who are about to join the armed forces. At the same

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time tlie five municipally operated beaches will also open. Bathhouse accommoda-

tions at Jacob Riis Park in Rockaway and Orchard Beach in the Bronx will be

available on weekends until June 20 when they too will start daily operation.

          Golfers who this year must seek courses nearer their koines will find

ten well equipped and operated courses readily accessible by local transit

facilities. Permits, good at any of the ten courses, cost |>5. per season plus

100 per day's play on week days and 500 per day on Saturdays, Sundays and

holidays. Daily permits are sold at the courses at a charge of 750 for week

day play and $1. per day on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

          The Park Department offers 522 tennis courts at 4-6 locations through-

out the city. These bring tennis courts to within walking distance from nost

areas in the city.   Season permits, good at any of the locations, cost §3. per

season and can be purchased at an?/ of the borough offices of ths department.

          In order to acquaint the public with these facilities, the Department

of Parks has published a folder setting forth over 200 facilities now ready for

the summer season.   These folders can be obtained by writing to the Department

of Parks, Arsenal Building, Central Park, Manhattan, or at any Park Department

facility; the request must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope.



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                     The Department of        Parks announces t h a t t h e f i r s t of a

       s e r i e s of four Kaumburg Memorial Concerts w i l l be given on the Mall,

      Central Park, on Decoration Day, Sunday, May 30, a t 3$15 P.M.

                 .   The t h r e e remaining concerts w i l l also be given on t h e

      Mall on: July 4 , July 31 and Labor Day, September 6, at 3:15 P.M.

                     This concert s e r i e s i s c o n t r i b u t e d by Mr. Walter W.

      Kaumburg and Mr. George W. Kaumburg, in iaemory of t h e i r                   father,

      Mr. Elkan Nauaburg, wlio donated t h e bandstand on t h e M a l l .

                     Tha Decoration Da3^ concert w i l l be given by t h e

      Naumburg Orchestra with Saerson Buckley as Conductor, and

      I n a De Martino, Soprano, S o l o i s t .       The program w i l l include

       s e l e c t i o n s by such famous a r t i s t s a s : Tschaikowsky, L i s z t ,

      Gounod, S t r a u s s , Moussorgsky and Mendelssohn.




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               The Department of Parks announces t h a t t h e city-wide f i n a l s of t h e New York

Community T r u s t ' s Spring Tournament in handball w i l l take place on Saturday, May 29,

at Highland Park, Jamaica Avenue and Elton Street , at 2 P.M., and in shuffle board

on Sunday, May 30, at 2 P.M., a t North Meadow Playground, 100 Street and West Drive,

Central Park.

               There w i l l be four divisions in both a c t i v i t i e s , one for boys and g i r l s

between 12 and 16 y e a r s , and another for those 16 t o 18 y e a r s .

               These c o n t e s t a n t s a r e t h e winners in each of the five boroughs, who have

won out in inter-playground, d i s t r i c t and borough e l i m i n a t i o n s .

               The winner in each d i v i s i o n w i l l receive a Twenty-Five Dollar War Bond,

The runner-up in t h e boys d i v i s i o n s w i l i receive a l e a t h e r b r i e f case and in the

g i r l s d i v i s i o n s , a b e a u t i f u l umbrella.

          Following a r e t h e c o n t e s t a n t s who w i l l represent t h e various boroughs?
                               SHUFFLE                  BOARD
Manhattan J r . Boys     James Leary                      North Meadow Plgd., Central Park
           Jrf Girls     Catherine Byrna                  North Meadow Plgd,, Central Park
           Sr. Boys      Robert Sben                      North Meadow Plgd., Central Park
           Sr. G i r l s Catherine Leary                  North Meadow Plgd., Central Park

Brooklyn         Jr.   Boys        Henry Hollander              LaGuardia Playground
                 Jr.   Girls       Frances 3ruman               Fort Hamilton High School Playground
                 Sr,   Boys        Murray Hollander             LaGuardia Playground
                 Sr.   Girls       Geraldine Boundy             3 Avo. & Schermerhorn St. Playground
Q,ueens          Jr.   Boys        Henry Kopf                   Grover Cleveland Playground
                 Jr.   Girls       Pauline Tomita               Dry Harbor Playground
                 Sr.   Boys        Joseph Faltenmayer           Benninger Playground
                 Sr.   Girls       Mae Munch                    O'Connor Playground, Bay side
Bronx            Jr.   Boys        David Yanis                  Williamsbridge Playground
                 Jr.   Girls       Muriel Brown                 St. Mary's Playground 3ast
                 Sr*   Boys        Melvin Wechsler              Crotona Playground
                 Sr.   Girls       Blanche Shear                Mullaly Playground
Richmond         Jr.   Boys         Lester Heim                 Schmul Playground
                 Jr.   Girls        Joan Slater-                Lincoln Avenue Playground
                 Sr.   Boys         John Mclsaac                McDonald Playground
                 Sr.   Girls        Rose Marie Sava             Mahoney Playground

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Manhattan        Jr.   Boys        Morris Weintraub             Gulick Playground
                 Jr.   Girls       Sylvia Tarshis               J . Eood Wright Playground
                 Sr.   Boys        Jack Gundersen               J. Eood Wright Playground
                 Sr,   Girls       Kathleen Johnstone           Inwood Park

Brooklyn         Jr.   Boys         Louis Ivliele               Hew Utrecht Playground
                 Jr.   Girls        Mary Jane Andriola          Gravesend Playground
                 Sr.   Boys         Bert Slobodkin              Lincoln Terrace Playground
                 Sr,   Girls        Gloria Manocchio            Fort Hamilton H.igh School Playground

(Queens          Jr,   Boys        Henry Soto                   Jewel Avenue Playground
                 Jr.   Girls       Bthlyn Mason                 Thompson Kill Playground
                 Sr,   Boys        Victor J , Hartung           Braddock Playground
                 Sr.   Girls       Blanche Reeth                Grover Cleveland Playground

                 Jr,   Boys         Anthony Cassella             Zisaraerman Playground
                 Jr.   Girls        Beatrice Webman              Crotona Playground
                 Sr,   Boys         Gustave Trotsky              Crotona Playground
                 Sr,   air Is       Adele Low                    Crotona Playground

Richmond         Jr,   Boys         Frank Wescott                McDonald Playground
                 Jr.   Girls        Vinny "Viscariello           Lincoln Avenue Playground
                 Sr,   Boys         Joseph Sinski                Mahoney Playground
                 Sr,   Girls        Sarah Lyons                  Ealtenmeier Playground
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               The Department of Parks announces the opening of tie seventeen outdoor

    swimming pools on Saturday, May 29, 1943 at 10 A.M. The pools are located as follows:

               Manhattan:
                  Hamilton Fish Pool, East Houston and Pitt Streets
                  Colonial Pool, 3radhurst Avenue West 145 Street to 147 Street
                  Highbridge Pool, Amsterdam Avenue and 173 Street
                  Thos. Jefferson Pool, H I to 114 Streets & First Avenue
                  23rd Street Pool, 23 Street and 2ast River Drive
                  Carmine Street Pool, Clarkson Street and 7 Avenue
                  60th Street Pool, 59 Street between Amsterdam & 11 Avenues
                  John Jay Pool, 78 Street and 3ast River Drive

               Brooklyn:
                  Sunset Pool, 7 Avenue and 43 Street
                  McCarren Pool, Driggs Avenue and Lorimer Street
                  Red Eook Pool, Clinton, Bay and Iienry Streets
                  Betsy Head Pool, Hopkinson, Dumont and Livonia Avenues

               Bronx:
                  Crotona Pool, 173 Street and Fulton Avenue

               Queens:
                  Astoria Pool, 19 Street and 23 Drive
                  Flushing Meadow Amphitheatre, Flushing Meadow Park

               Richmond:
                  Faber Pool, Richmond. Terrace at Faber Street
                  Tompkinsville Pool, Victory Boulevard between Bay Street

                                         and Murray Hulbert Avenue

               From May 29 to June 20 the pools w i l l be open for weekends and holidays

    only and from June 21 u n t i l the end of the season they will be open daily with the

    following operating schedule.    On weekdays and Saturdays from 10 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

    there will be a free period for children under fourteen years of age during which

    hours no adults w i l l be admitted to the pool area.    Aftar 1 P.M. on weekdays and a l l

    day Sundays and holidays there will be a 9$ charge for children under 12 years of age

    and a 250 charge for older children and adults.

               Groups in swimming, diving and water shows w i l l be organized at a l l pools.

    Classes in swimming, life saving and f i r s t aid will also be included in the aquatic

    program.

                Orchard Beach, Palham Bay Park in the Bronx; Jacob Riis Park Beach and

    Rockaway Beach in the Rockaway Peninsular, Quoens; Coney Island Beach, Brooklyn, and

    South Beach and Wolfe's Pond Park in Staten Island will also officially open on

    Saturday, May 29.   Bathhouse f a c i l i t i e s at Jacob Riis Park and Orchard Beach will

    operate on the same schodule as the outdoor pools.       From Kay 29 to Juris 20 the bath-

    houses will be open for weekends and holidays only and from June 21 u n t i l the end of

    the season they will be open daily.     At Orchard Beach there i s a t o t a l of 7,7S6

    lockers for bathhouse patrons and at Jacob Riis Park the bathhouse accommodates

    10,000 people.   Batiaiouse fee is 150 for children's lockers and 250 for adult lockers.

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Dressing rooms are available at Jacob Riis Park for a fee of 500 per person. Recrea-

tional areas at Jacob Riis Park and Orchard Beach providing shuffle board, paddle

tennis and handball are available to the public. The charge for the use of these

facilities will be 100 per person per half hour.

           Besides these games at Jacob Eiis Park there is also an 18 hole Pitch Putt

Golf Course. A charge of 500 is made for each round of golf which includes clubs.

A 500 deposit is required on golf balls. In addition to these games areas a special

schedule of events is planned for Jacob Riis Park. There will be calisthenics on the

beach each day at 2 P.M. and each Wednesday beginning July 1 will be Children's Day,

 races with contests and games staged in the outfield of the softball area. These

special activities are free and patrons of the beach are invited to join in the fun.

Similar activities have been scheduled for Orchard Beach.

           Beginning Monday, June 15, at Jacob Riis Park, there will be twilight

softball games every week day except Saturday, the games starting at 6:30 P.M.    On

Saturdays and Sundays a single game will be played starting at 2:30 P.M.   Bleachers

have been provided for 1,000 persons.

           Beach chairs and umbrellas may be rented at Orchard Beach and Jacob Riis

Park at a nominal charge and beach shops are provided whero bathing accessories can

be purchased*

           In accord with the policy set up by the Department of Parks last year,

all uniformed members of the armed forces of the United Nations will be admitted to

the outdoor pools and bathhouse facilities without charge.

           All the facilities listed can be readily reached by the New York City

Transit System and the Park Department has issued a folder setting forth facilities

and transit directions. These folders are available at all Park Department facilities

and can also be secured by writing to the Park Department Headquarters, Arsenal

Building, 64th Street and Fifth Avenue, Central Park, Manhattan.



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                     The" ^Department of Parks announces that the City-wide Finals of Faddl©

        Tennis and Roller Hockey in the New York Community Trust's Spring Tournament, w i l l

        take place on Sunday, May 23, at 2 P.M.             The paddle tennis championships w i l l be

        decided at City Park, Flushing Avenue and Kavy Street, Brooklyn, vfcilo the r o l l e r

        hockey teams vri.ll meet in Carl Schurz Park, Sast 84 Street and 3&st 2nd Avenue,

        Manhattan*

                     There will be four divisions in paddle tennis, one for boys and g i r l s

        between 12 and 16 years and another foi1 those 16 to 18 years.                Tha r o l l e r hockey

        tournament     consists of one division for boys, 14 to 18 years.

                     The contestants in both events are the borough f i n a l i s t s , who have

        survived inter-playground and d i s t r i c t eliminations.

                     The f i r s t place winners in the paddle tennis events will receive a

        Twenty-Five Dollar War Bond, while the runner-up in the boys division w i l l receive

        a leather brief case and in the g i r l s division a beautiful s i l k umbrella.

                     Sach member of the winning team in roller hockey w i l l receive a leather

        Gladstone traveling bag, and tlie boys on tlie runner-up team will be awarded

        leather brief cases.

                     Following are the contestants wLo will represent the various boroughs in

        paddle tennis:

       MANHATTAN: Jr.       Boys    Fred Hirshfield         North Meadow Playground, Central Park
                  Jr.       airIs   Dolores DiFelice        102 St. & Riveiside Playground
                  Sr.       Boys    Robert Deneboude        102 St. & Riverside Playground
                  Sr.       Girls   Althea Gibson           Colonial Play Center

        BROOKLYN*     Jr.   Boys    Henry Blazek            JSlton & New Lots Playground
                      Jr.   Girls   Mary Mezowiez           McCarfen Park
                      Sr.   Boys    Jack Slotnich           Kelly Memorial Playground
                      Sr.   Girls   Ruth Singer             LaGuardia Playground

        QJJ2EWS:      Jr. Boys      Henry Bischoff              Francis Lewis Playground
                      Jr. Girls     Mary June Weir              Broadway & 78 St. Plgd., Jackson Heights
                      Sr. Boys
                            y       Joseph
                                        p Leo                   Van Wyck Plgd.,
                                                                              , South Ozone Park
                      Sr. Girls     Marion Grossman             Van lyck Plgd., South Ozone Park
        BRONX:        Jr.   Boys    Carl Kaplan                 Crotona Playground
                      Jr.   Girls   lairiel Brown               St. Mary's Park, West Playground
                      Sr.   Boys    Harold Goldstein            Lyons Square Playground
                      Sr,   Girls   Annette DePrimio            Sast 182 St. & Belmont Ave. Playground

        RICHMOND: Jr.       Boys  Dimitri Daras                 De Matti Playground
                  Jr.       Girls Florence Bell                 De Matti Playground
                  Sr.       Boys  Rudy Ficciotto                Kalteniaeier Playground
                  Sr.       Girls Sarah Ifsns                   Kaltencieier Playground


                     Mr,.** Duncan Campbell and Slmer A. Handling, two of the outstanding

        Metropolitan Paddle Tennis players will also appear in an exhibition game.


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            The Department of Parks announces that the horseshoe pitching, basketball

 and g i r l s ' punchball contests in the New York Community Trust's Spring Tournament

 are approaching the Borough Finals which will take place on Saturday, May 22.

            During the past week 1,356 inter-playground eliminations and d i s t r i c t

 finals were witnessed by 34,360 spectators.           This Spring Sports Tournament, spon-

 sored by the New York Community Trust, consists of 13 activities for boys and g i r l s

between the ages of 12 and 13 years.          As the closing date for the swimming events

 is May 22, boys and g i r l s desiring to enter these competitions are urged to obtain

 an entry blank at their neighborhood park ox playground.

            The winners of these events in the Borough Finals in the boys division will

receive a handsome set of military brushes and the g i r l s will be awarded leather

handbags.    All individual winners will be eligible to compete for a Twenty-Five Dol-

 lar War Bond, and team winners for valuable leather luggage in the City-wide Finals.



May 22 - Manhattan: Heckscher Plgd., 62 S t . & West Drive, Central Park-Sr. 2:00 P.M.

May 22 - Brooklyn: Parade Grounds, Coney Island & Caton Avenue                      Sr. 2:30 P.M.
May 22 - Queens: Victory Field, Myrtle Ave. & Woodhaven Boulevard                   S r . 2:00 P.M.

May 22 - Bronx: Macombs Dam Park, 2 . 151 S t . 6z Ruppert Place                     Sr. 3:00 P.M.
May 22 - Richmond: Mahoney P l g d . , Beochvrood & Crescent Ave.,New Brighton-Sir. 4 P.M.

Basketball
May 22 - Manhattan: Roosevelt Plgd., Grand & Chrystie Street s           J r . Boys 2:00 P.M.
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May 22 - Brooklyn: Mclaughlin Park, Jay & T i l l a r y Streets                J r . Boys 2:00 P.M.
May 22 -    "       ·    »      «      «        tt        n                    s r . Boys 3:00 P.M.
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May 22 -                        "      «       t»         «                  s r . Girls 11:00 A.M.

May 22 - Queens: Von Dohlen P l g d . , 138 Street & Archer Ave.               J r . Boys 2:00 P.M.
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May 22 -     "               n       . tt     « .···  «     «                 S r . Boys 4:00 P.M.
May 22 -   . " Kissena Park, Parsons Blvd, near 164 S t .                     Sr. Girls 2:00 P.M.
 May 22 - Bronx: Mullaly Playground, Jerome Ave. & 165 S t .                  J r . Boys 2:00 P.M.
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 I5ay 2 1 - Richmond: McDonald P l g d . , F o r e s t Ave. & Broadway,       J r . Boys 4 : 0 0 P.M.
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 May 21 -      "      West New B r i g h t o n '·               « .    ·      S r . Boys 6 : 0 0 P.M.
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 May 21 -              « « « « « « « «                  «       "    ·       Sr. Girls 5:00 P.M.

 Punchball_^
 May *22 - Manhattan: Hsckscher Plgd., 62 St. & West Drive,Central Park-Sr. 3:00 P.M.

 May 22 - Queens: Jewell Ave. Plgd., Jewell Ave. & Utopia                           Sr. 2:00 P.M.
                  Parkway, Flushing
 May 24 - Richmond: McDonald Plgd,, Forest Ave. & Broadway,                         Sr, 4:30 P.M.
                    West New Brighton

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                    The Department of Parks announces the birth

       of a baby Aoudad in the Central Park Zoo,

                    The baby was born May 14. The mother, i!Tuts,"

       is five jrears old, and the father, ''Happy/1 is.four years

       old.   Both parents were obtained from tho J/esker Zoo,

       Svansville, Indiana.

                    Aoudads are native vri.Id sheep of Forth Africa

       and are commonly known as Berberry Sheep.             The baby will be

       called "Yank'i

                        Photographs may be taken at any time.




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               Tlae Department of Parks announces tliat t h e Borough F i n a l s of

  Boxing i n t h e New York Community T r u s t ' s Spring Tournament w i l l ' t a k e

  place on May 18 and 19.

               There w i l l be t e n b o u t s , f o r boys 14 t o 18 y e a r s , ranging from

  the 85 t o t h e 160 pound c l a s s .    These boys have passed qualifying p h y s i c a l

  t e s t s and. a r e t h e winners of p r e l i m i n a r i e s , conducted during t h e past two

  weeks.

               The winners of these c o n t e s t s w i l l receive valuable p r i z e s

  and w i l l b e e l i g i b l e to compete in t h e City F i n a l s , with an opportunity

  to win a Twenty-Five Dollar War Bond.                        The l o s e r i n each event w i l l

  receive a suitable consolation prize,

                                 3CEEDUL3 OF BOROUGI
                                                   V FINALS


  May 18 MAHHATTilN:        Gyranasium, 407 West 28 Street                           8:00 P.M.

  Ilay 19 BROOKLYN:         HcOarren Play Center, Driggs Ave. &                           7:00 P.M.
                                 Lorimer Street

  May 19 BRONX:             Crotona Play Center, 173 Street &                        8:00 P.M.
                                 Fulton Avenue

                            Jaclcson Heights Playground, 84 Street                   7:00 P.M.
                                  Between E5 & 30 Avenues

  May 19 RICHMOND:          Faber Park, Richmond Terrace a t                              7:00 P.M.
                                 Faber Street




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              The Department of Parks announces the continuation of t i e New York

 Community Trust's Sports Toumaraent, vuth borough finals scheduled to take place

 in shuffleboard and handball at the various playgrounds in the five boroughs on

Saturday, Hay 15,

              Throughout the past week, 57,000 spectators have witnessed 2,176 i n t e r -

playground eliminations and d i s t r i c t f i n a l s .   This Sports Tournament sponsored by

the New York Community Trust consists of 13 of the most popular a c t i v i t i e s for

boys and g i r l s between the ages of 12 and 18.           Any boy or g i r l may obtain an entry

blank at t h e i r neighborhood park or playground for the swimning events which are

 s t i l l open.

               Individual city-wide winners will receive a Twenty-Five Dollar War Bond.

Each member of winning teams will be awarded luggage.                   Other valuable prizes will

be given to Borough and District winners.

                                   Schedule of Borough Finals

"May 15 T Manhattan: North Meadow, 100 S t . & West Drive,                            J r s . - 11 A.M.
                     Central Park                                               S r s . - 2 P.M.

May 15 - Brooklyn:      Shore Road & 97 Street Playground                        Jrs. -    2 P.M.
                                                                                      Srs. -    2 P.M.

May 15 - Queens: Maurice Playground, Borden £o Maurice Avenuss,                       Jrs. -    2 P.M.
                 Maspeth                                                              Srs. -    3 P.M.

May 15 - Bronx: Me Combs Dam Park, 3ast 161 St. & Ruppert Place                       J r s . - 11 A.M.
                                                                                      Srs. - 2 P.M.

May 15 - Richmond: Mahoney Playground, Beechwood & Crescent                           Jrs. -    4 P.M.
                   Avenues, New Brighton                                              Srs. -    4 P.M.


"May 15 - Manhattan: North Meadow, 100 Street & West Drive,                           Jrs. - 2 P.M.
                     Central Park                                                     Srs. - 2 P.M.

 May 15 - Brooklyn* City Park, Flushing & Navy Streets                                Jrs. -    2 P.M.
                                                                                      Srs. -    2 P.M.

 May 15 - Queens} Victory Field, Myrtle Avenue, Woodharen                             Jrs. -    2 P.M.
                  Boulevard                                                           Srs. -    2 I.M.

 May 15 - Bronx: McCombs Dam Park, Jerome, Sedgwick & Exterior St.                    Jrs. - 11 A.M.
                                                                                      Srs. - 2 P.M.

 ROLLER HOCKEY
 May"l5 - Queens: Windmuller Playground, 52 S t . & Woodside A v e . ,                 Srs. -     2 P.M.
                  Woodside, L. I .
 May 15 - Brooklyn: Red Hook, Henry and Lorraine Street s                        Srs. -    2 P.M.

 PADDLE! TjMNIS
 May "l5 - Queens} Kissena Park, Kissena Boulevard & 164 Street,                      Jrs. -4:30 PM
                   Flushing                                                           Srs. -4»30 PM


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                   The C h i l d r e n ' s Orchestra of t h e Park Department -.Till

        p r e s e n t a concert a t Forest Park Music Grove, near Myrtle Avenue

        and Woodhaven Boulevard, Glendale, Queens, May 16, a t 2:30 P.M.

                   T h i s j u v e n i l e o r c h e s t r a i s composed of t h i r t y hoys and

       g i r l s from 10 t o 17 y e a r s of age who have been s e l e c t e d from

       musical units established in the various playgrounds under the

        supervision of park personnel.

                   The program for next Sunday's concert will consist of

       various selections including patriotic songs, martial airs and

       classical numbers as well as chorus vocals.                   Some of the selections

       are ^fagner's "Lohengrin", Ballet Music from "La G-ioeonda" by

       Ponchielli, "El Choclo", Tango, "The Champion March" and "The

       English Country Dance".




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        ARSEKAL, CMTRAL PARK                       -"·       FOR RILSA31
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                                  The Department of Parks announces

                       the opening of the Pitch and Putt Golf Course

                       at Jacob Riis Park for this season on Saturday,                          li

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                                  With the exceptiona 11:/ fins weather

                       of the past £|pr-weelqr the course is in excellent

                       conditiox^and go If orb ubiiij.^ Ihlo facilllLy will



                                   A charge of 500 a round i s made t o play

                       on t h i s course.   A golf b a l l deposit of 50£ w i l l

                       also be required.



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      DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
      ARSESAL, CEJTRAL PARK                                          FOR RELEASE     Thursday.
      TSL. REGENT 4 - 1 0 0 0                                                      May 13, 1943

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                  The Department of Parks announces that the' city-wide finals of Ping Pong,

      the first of thirteen scheduled events in the Kew York Community Trust's Spring

      Sports Tournament, will take place on Saturday, May 15, at 2:00 P.M. at Mullaly

      Playground, Jerome Avenue and 162 Street, Bronx.

                ; There will be four divisions, one for hoys and girls betv/een 12 and 16_.

      years, and another for those 16 to 18 years.

                  These contestants are the Borough finalists who have survived intreeplay-

      ground, district, and borough eliminations that have been talcing place since May 1.

                  The winner in each division will be awarded a Twenty-Five Dollar War Bond.

      The runner-up in the boys divisions will receive a leather brief case and in the

      girls divisions a handsome silk umbrella.

                  Following are the contestants who will represent the various boroughs:

      Manhattan: Jr.     Boys        Morris Ovadia         Roosevelt Playground
                 Jr,     Girls       Bernice Charney       J. Hood Wright Playground
                 Sr.     Boys        Louis Blumenthal      J. Eood Wright Playground
                 Sr.     Girls       Sylvia Stern          Roosevelt Playground

      Brooklyn: Jr» Boys             Walter Gilginsky      Betsy Head Playground
                Jr. Girls            Gene Roth             Shiplacoff Playground
                Sr. Boys             Allen Friedman        Ft. Hamilton Parkway
                Sr. Girls            Rose Ealperin         Shiplacoff Playground

      Queens:      Jr.   Boys        Charles Rivkin        Thompson Kill Playground
                   Jr.   Girls       Mildred Flad          Braddock Playground
                   Sr.   Boys        Alfred Fundora        Flushing Memorial Playground
                   Sr.   Girls       Peggy McLean          O'Connell Playground

      Brons:       Jr.   Boys        Tony Dios             Lyons Square Playground
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                   Jr.   Girls       Anna Cassara
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                   Sr.   Boys        Harry Goldstein
                   Sr.   Girls       Beatrice Fox

      Richmond:    Jr.   Boys        Frank Westcott        McDonald Playground
                   Jr.   Girls       Florence Bell         DeMatti Playground
                   Sr.   Boys        Donald Hicks          McDonald Playground
                   Sr.   Girls       Betty Iae             Lincoln Avenue Playground

                  The following persons have consented to act as judges of the tournament

      and w i l l also play exhibition games: Davida Kawthorne, one of the ranking players

      of 1942; Edna Scheinhart, Women's Metropolitan Champion of 1942 and Women's

      Connecticut State Champion of 1942; Charles Schmidt, number 3 ranking national
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V     player of 1940-41; Sol Schiff, National Table Tennis Champion froia 1934 to 1938

       and Cal Skinner of Yonkers.



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ARSENAL, CMTRAL PARK               i                                             FOR RELEASE          Monday.
T e l . REgent 4-1000              '                                                                 May 1 0 , 1943
                      Photographic #22891                               City Editors
                      Index # 23                           Delivered to Fishing Editors
                                                                    5/8/43 1

                This year additional fishing areas mostly in Manhattan and Queens,
 have teen set aside by the Department of Parks for salt water anglers and surf
  casters of New York City who, because of the tire and auto rationing and the
  restrictions on off-shore fishing boats, must necessarily find their recrea*i6n
  in nearby boundary waters.
               The areas and their season and hours of operation, are located as
  follows:

     Jacob Siis Park, North Shore - daylight hours, all year
     Cross Bay Boulevard Bridge - daylight hours, all year
    *Jacob Riis Park Beach, Bay 13 - daylight hours, all year
    *Rockaway Beach, Beach 17 to Beach 73 Streets - daylight hours, all year
    *Rockaway Beach, Beach 126 to Beach 149 Streets - daylight hours, all year
     Francis Lewis Park, East River and 147 Street - daylight hours, all year
     Little Neck Bay, along shore of Belt Parkway - daylight hours, all year
     Flushing Bay, along shore of Grand Central Parkway - daylight hours, all year

 RICHMOND
   ^Wolfe's Pond Beach - October to May, daylight hours
   *South Beach - October to May, daylight hours

 MANHATTAN
    Southwest corner of Randall's Island - daylight hours, all year
    107 Street Pier, Harlem River - daylight hours, all year
    Hudson River at 83 Street - daylight hours, all year
    Hudson River at 92 Street - daylight hours, all year
    Hudson River at 106 Street - daylight hours, all year
    Hudson River, foot of 177 Street - daylight hours, all year
    Hudson River, 100 feet North of Dyckman Street - daylight hours, all year
    Hudson River, North of Dyckman Street Ball Fields - daylight hours, all year

 BRONX
    Twin Island, Pelham Bay Park - daylight hours, all year
    Talapoosa Point, Pelham Bay Park - daylight hours, all year
    North of old Hunter Island Bridge, Pelham Bay Park - daylight hours, all year
    Sea wall at parking field adjacent to Huntington Mansion, Pelham Bay Park -
        daylight hours, all year
    Orchard Beach side of lagoon, Pelham Bay Park - October to May, daylight hours
    Ferry Point Park - daylight hours, all year

 BROOJIXN
   'ISanarsie P i e r - d a y l i g h t h o u r s , a l l y e a r
     Shore Parkway, waterfront promenade between F t . Hamilton and Bay 8 Street -
         daylight h o u r s , a l l year
     Steeplechase Pier(abutment) - d a y l i g h t h o u r s , a l l y e a r
     Steeplechase P i e r ( b o t h s i d e s of P i e r , north of b u i l d i n g ) - October t o May,
         daylight h o u r s ,
   *Coney I s l a n d Beach - October t o May, d a y l i g h t hours
     Neptune Avenue & West 23 S t . ( a r e a on w a t e r f r o n t promenade) - d a y l i g h t h o u r s ,
         a l l year
     Plum Beach, foot of G e r r i t s « n Avenue - d a y l i g h t h o u r s , a l l year


  ·&JRF CASTIKG(At t h e s e l o c a t i o n s where t h e r e i s b a t h i n g , t h e hours f o r f i s h i n g
                are r e g u l a t e d so as not t o i n t e r f e r e w i t h beach u s a g e . )



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                          The Department of Parks announces that

               the historic Olaremont Inn, built in 1806 and

               recognized as one of New York's landmarks, on River-

               side Drive north of Grant's Tomb, will reopen at

               5 P»M., Saturday, May 8,

                          Claremont Inn will be open Saturday and

               weekday evenings from 5 o'clock on and Sundays from

               12 noon.

                          Dinners are fron $2.00 up.

                          There will be dancing inside in the cock-

               tail lounge and outside on the terrace under the

               stars. Music will again be furnished by Joe Ricardel

               and his orchestra.




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                ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                                              For Rel'eas?xlc lay 5
                        TEL. REGENT .                                 A                                             May 7, 1943


                            The^ Department of Parks announces t h a t the Borough f i n a l s of t h e New York

           Community T r u s t ' s Spring Tournament in paddle t e n n i s , ping pong and r o l l e r hockey

           a r e talcing place i n the v a r i o u s playgrounds in t h e f i v e boroughs.

                            Throughout the past weeks e l i m i n a t i o n s in playground and d i s t r i c t               finals

       were conducted with 3,928 games witnessed by a t o t a l s p e c t a t o r audience of 34,000

           people.

                            This contest sponsored by the New York Community Trust i s happily endorsed

           by 37,750 boys and g i r l s between the ages of 12 and 18, who.have already signed up

           to p a r t i c i p a t e .     Two very popular e v e n t s , swimming and t r a c k a r e s t i l l open t o boys

           and g i r l s , who d e s i r e to e n t e r t h e s e       contests.      Entry blanks can be obtained at

           any neighborhood park or playground.

                            A grand p r i z e of a Twenty-Five Dollar War Bond w i l l be given t h e i n d i v i d u a l

           city-wide winners in each s p o r t .                  There v a i l be valuable p r i z e s to the members of

       winning teams.                    Borough and d i s t r i c t p r i z e s w i l l a l s o be awarded.

                                                           SCHEDULE OF BOROUGSI FINALS

              May 7 - Richmond: Lyons Pool, Victor?/ Boulevard & Murray                                           J r s . - 4:00 P.M.
                                Hulbert Avenue, Tompkinsville                                                     S r s . - 4:00 P.M.

                                                                                                                  J r s . -11:00 A.M.
              May 8 - Manhattan: West 28 S t . Gymnasium, 407 West 28 Street                                 S r s . - 2:00 P.M.

                                                                                                                  J r s . - 2:00 P.M.
              ilo.f 8 - Brooklyn: P i c n i c House, Prospect Park                                                S r s . - 3:00 P.M.

                                                                                                                  J r s . - 2:00 P.M.
              May 8 - Bronx: Mullaly Playground, 162 Street .& Jerome Ave.                                   S r s . - 3:00 P.M.

               May 8 - QueensJ Flushing Memorial Playground, Bayside &                                             J r s . - 4:00 P.M.
                       25 Avenues and 149 Street                                                                   S r s . - 5:30 P.M.

           PADDLE TENNIS
             May 8 - Manhattan: Sast River Park at 8 Street                                                        J r s . -11:00 A.M.
                                                                                                                   S r s . - 2:00 F.M*

               May 8 - Brooklyn: City Park, Flushing & Navy Street                                                 J r s . - 2:00 P.M.
                                                                                                                   S r s . - 2:00 P.M.

               May 8 - Bronx: Mullaly Playground, 162 Street & Jerome Avenue                                       J r s . - 2500 P.M.
                                                                                                                   S r s . * 3:00 P.M.

               May 8 - Richmond: Lincoln Avenue Playground, Lincoln &                                              J r s . - 4:00 P.M,
                       Boundary Avenues, Midland Beach                                                             S r s . - 4$00 P.M.

            ROLLER.HOCKEY
                                                                                                                              2:00 P.M.
           " May 9 - 'Manhattan: Carl Schurz Park, 84 Street & East River Park
                                                                                                                              3:00 P.M.
               May 9 -.Bronx: Mullaly Flayground, 162 Street & Jerome Avenue
                                                                                                                              2:00 P.M.
               May 9 - Richmond: McDonald Playground, Forest Avenue & Broadway



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     ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                                            For Re/ease
            TEL. REGENT 4-1000                                                                      May 3, 1943




                            The Department of Parks announces that district finals of the

    New York Community Trust's Spring Tournament in ping pong, roller hockey and

    paddle tennis are taking place in various playgrounds throughout the City,

    beginning Saturday, May 1.

                            Eliminations have already started with 1468 games in basketball,

    Softball, handball, roller hockey, ping pong and paddle tennis contested in

    various playgrounds before a t o t a l spectator audience of 30,660 people.

                            The contest will run through May and June and boys and g i r l s

    between the ages of 12 and 18 are s t i l l eligible to enter some of these events.

    Competitors may enter as many events as they desire.                             There is no entry fee*

    Entry blanks are s t i l l being accepted for the track meets, swimming, baseball,

    horseshoe pitching, punchball(girls).                   These blanks are available at a l l neigh-

    borhood parks and playgrounds.               These should be filled out and forwarded to

    one of the borough, offices listed below.                   Thirty-three thousand boys and £i

   have already signed up to participate in this tournament.

                        A grand prize of a Twenty-five Dollar War Bond will be given to

    the individual city-wide winners in each sport.                        There will also be valuable

   prizes to the members of winning teams.                     These prizes amounting to $10,000.

   were made possible through the generosity of the New York Community Trust.

                        MANHATTAN         Mr. P. J . Cruise
                                          Arsenal Building
                                          64 Street & Fifth Avenue
                        BROOKLYN          M r . R. C. J s n k i n s
                                          Litchfield Hansion
                                          Prospect Park
                                          Prospect Park West & Fifth Street

                            QUEENS        Mr. J . J . Mallen
                                          The O v e r l o o k
                                          U n i o n T u r n p i k e & P a r k Lane
                                          F o r e s t P a r k , Kew G a r d e n s

                            BRONX         M r . G. L . Q u i g l e y
                                          Bronx P a r k E a s t & B i r c h a l l Avenue

                            RICHMOND      Mr. A. M. A n d e r s o n
                                          Clove Lakes Park
                                          1150 Clove Road
                                          West New Brighton
                                          Staten Island




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                     SCHEDULE OF DISTRipT__FMALS - MEEK OF MAY1

                   PING PONG -     Boys and G i r l s   - 12 to 18 years

              District                        Location of Game                       Date
Manhattan^
     Lower East Side Playgrounds         Roosevelt Playground, Chrystie    May 1
                                         and Forsyth Streets               Jr.      - 11 A.M.
                                                                           Sr.      - 2 P.M.

     Yorkville Playgrounds               Thomas Jefferson Playground,      Same
                                         E. 114 St. and Plsasant Ave.
     Chelsea Playgrounds                 West 28 Street Gym,               Same
                                         West 28 Street and 9 Avenue
    Harlem. Playgrounds                  West 134 Street Gym,              May 3 - 4 F.M.
                                         West 134 Street & 5 Avenue
     Washington Heights Pie              J. Eood Wright Playground,        May 1
                                         West 173 Street and Ft.           J r . - 11 A.M.
                                         Washington Avenue                 Sr. - 2 P . M.
Q,ueens?
      The Rockaways and Richmond         Jackson Pond Playground, 108      May 5- 4 P.M.
        Hill Playgrounds                 Street and Myrtle Avenue
    Astoria, Ridgewood and               Corona 102 Street Playground       SaiiE
      Maspeth Playgrounds
     Jackson Heights, Flushing           Flushing Memorial Playground,     Same
       & Bayside Playgrounds             Bayside Avenue and 150 Street
     Jamaica and St. Albans              O'Connell Playground, 113 Ave.    Same
       Playgrounds                       and 196 Street
Bronx;
     Mott Haven Playgrounds              St. Mary's West Playground         May 1
                                         E. 146 St. & St.Ann's Avenue        Jr. - 11 A.M.
                                                                           · B r . - 2 P.M.

    Morrisania Playgrounds               Mullaly Playground, E. 165 St.    Same
                                         and Jerome Avenue
     Tremont Playgrounds                 Crotona Play Center, E. 173 St.   Same
                                         and Fulton Avenue
     Fordham Playgrounds                 Williamsbridge Playground,        Same
                                         E. 208 St. & Bainbridge Ave.
     FsHiain-WestChester Playgrounds Zimmerman Playground, Olinville       Same
                                     Avenue and Britton Street
Richmond:
     Port Richmond-West New              McDonald Playground, Forest       May 4- 4 P.M.
       Brighton Playgrounds              Ave., Broadway, W. Brighton
     Tompkinsville-Stapleton-            Lyons Pool, Victory Boulevard & May 4- 4 P.M.
       Rosebank Playgrounds              Murray Hulbert Ave., Tompkinsville
     Tottenville-Hew Dorp                DeMatti Playground, Tompkins       May 4- 4 P»H»
       Playgrounds                       Avenue, Rosebank

                 PADDLE IBNNIS - Boys and Girls - 12 to 18 years
Brooliljn
    lavy Yard, Red Hook                  Mclaughlin Playground, Jay &         May 1- 2 P.M.
        Playgrounds                      Tillary Streets
     Williamsburg, Greenpoint            Taaffe Place Playground, Taaffe      Same
        Playgrounds                      Place and Myrtle Avenue
     Bushwick Playgrounds                3ushwick Playground, Knickerbocker      Same
                                         Avenue and Putnam Avenue

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               ^^-:Oon|y Island,       Gravesend Playground, 56 Sti     May 1- 2 P.M.
           Marine ^ ^ ^ '              and 18 Avenue
     Brownsville Playgrounds           Bit on & New lots Playground     May 1- 2 P.M.
     Bay Ridge Playgrounds             Bay 8th Street & Cropsey         Same
                                       Avenue Playground
Richmond
     Port Richmond, West & New         /McDonald, Forest Avenue,        May 4- 4 P.M.
       Brighton Playgrounds             Broadway, W. Brighton
     Tompkinsville, Stapleton,         Mahoney Playground, Beachwood    May 4- 4 P.M«
       Rosebank Playgrounds            & Crescent Ave., New Brighton
     Tottenville, New Dorp Play-       Lincoln Avenue and Midland       May 4- 4 P«M»
       grounds                         Beach Playground

                       ROJOLSR EOCKEr - Boys · 14 to 18 years
Manhattan: -
     lower Sast Side Playgrounds      Corlears Eook Playground,         May 1- 3 P.M.
                                      Corlears Hook & Jackson Street
     Yorkville Playgrounds             Carl Schurz Playground, E. 84    May 2- 2 P.M.
                                       Street 3c East 3fcd Avenue
     Chelsea Playgrounds               Chelsea, 10 Avenue, West 27      May 2- 3 P.M.
                                       and West 28 Streets
     Washington Heights                105 Street and Riverside Drive   May 1- 1 P.M.
        Playgrounds                    Playground
Brooklyn;
     Williamsbiirg, Greenpoint       McCarren Play Center, Driggs       May 1- 2 P.M.
        Playgrounds vs. Brownsville, and Lorimer Street
        East New York Playgrounds
     Bensonhurst-Coney Island, ,       Same                             May 1- 3 P.M.
        Flatbush Playgrounds vs
        Bushwick Playgrounds,                               o
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     Jackson Heights-Flushing          Maurice Playground, Borden       May 1- 11 A,M.
        Playgrounds v s , Jamaica      & Maurice Avenues, 54 Avenue
        Playgrounds

     Winner of Above va, Astoria       Windmuller Playground, 52 St.,          3- 4 P.M.
       Playgrounds                     Woodside Ave*, 39 Road
--Bronx:
                    a Playgrounds va   Mullaly Play Center, East 165    May 2- 2 P.M.
            Tr,eraont Playgrounds      ·Street & Jerome Avenue
     Mott Haven Playgrounds vs         Same                             May 2- 4 P.M.
        Fordham Playground^
 Richmond;
     Port Richmond, West and New       McDonald Playground, For»st      May 1- 2
        Brighton Playgrounds           Ave., Broadway, West Brighton
      Tompkinsville, St«pleton,        Mahoney Playground, Beechwodd    May 1- 2 P.M.
      Ro.sebank Playgrounds            & Crescent Avenues, New Brighton


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ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                 FOR RELEASE     Monday,
TEL. REGENT 4-1000                                                May 3, 1943


                         S0UNDVIEW PARK, THE BRONX, AND
                           GREAT KILLS PARK, RICHMOND


          The Department of Parks announces that the War Production Board
has granted a priority for the materials required for the construction of
a timber bulkhead at Great Kills Park (Marine Park) Borough of Richmond,
New York. This operation was originally designed for the construction of
a steel sheet bulkhead but the design was changed and the timber bulkhead
substituted to eliminate steel and other critical materials.

          The construction of the bulkhead is another step forward in the
program for the construction of a major shorefront recreational area in the
City of New York. Park reclamation activities at Great Kills were started in
1934 by constructing with relief funds a section of bulkhead, filling in
Crookes Point and attaching it to the mainland.  In 1936 the City acquired
adjacent meadowland to round out the park area so that today title to all
land and land under water required for the program is vested in the
City. Later with Federal and City funds a portion of the area was filled with
material dredged from the channel into the harbour. The Park Department is
now preparing plans for the post-war construction of the park which will
contain a bathing beach, bathhouse, parking fields, boat basin, and
recreational areas.

          The park today is primarily meadowland and will require several
million cubic yards of fill to make it usable. This will be made available by
the transfer of the "controlled land fill" operation of the Department of
Sanitation from Soundview Park, the Bronx, at the end of this year. The waste
material will be brought to the site in scows, unloaded and covered with
clean earth. Sanitation fill will be placed only in the interior of the
park. The beach and frontage on Great Kills harbour will be filled with clean
sand to avoid any possible pollution of the bathing beach and waters in the
bay.

          The operation at Soundview has been carried out over the past two
years without nuisance and has added a valuable park to the recreational
system.

          Soundview Park, the Bronx, originally consisted of 93 acres of
upland, much of which was typically barren salt marsh with natural creeks and
artificial drainage.  In 1940, 56 additional acres were acquired by
condemnation for park purposes, 48 of which was land under water.

          The Bronx River and East River frontages consisted of an
irregular and muddy shore line. Bulkheads were constructed and during the
past two years, the Department of Sanitation has been depositing refuse which
is graded, compacted and covered with clean earth fill.  It is estimated that
these operations will be completed in the late fall of this year and this
disposal of this waste material which is vital to the health of the City must
be transferred to another area, namely Great Kills, Richmond.

          At Great Kills Park, the bulkhead is necessary to confine the
fill and will be a part of the unloading and mooring facilities.
Construction will take about six months and it will take approximately three
months to set up the Sanitation unloading equipment to prepare for unloading
operations.  There is no reason that all operations cannot be progressed
simultaneously and the bulkhead work will be scheduled so that filling
operations can start by the time operations at Soundview are completed.

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ARSMAL, CENTRAL PARK                                    FOR R2L2AS3        Sunday.
TEL. REGENT 4-1000                                                         May 2, 1943




                     The Park Department announces that after the evening

         session at the City Building, Flushing Meadow Park, on Sunday,

         May 2, 1943, ice skating will be discontinued and only the

         roller skating rink will be in operation.

                     Patronage of the ice skating rink has decreased

         rapidly during the past three weeks and with the recent warm

         weather, interest in this sport has become so low that the

         attendance no longer justifies its continued operation. The

         ice skating rink will be re-opened early in the fall. During

         this S9ason 225,967 parsons availed themselves of the facility.

                     The roller skating rink at the City Building will

         continue to operate evening sessions from 7:30 to 11:00 P.M.

         with the exception of Mondays on which day the facility will

         be closed. There will be free morning sessions from 9?00 A.M»

         to 12 noon on Saturdays; afternoon sessions from 2:30 to

         5:30 P.M. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only.

                     Admission to afternoon sessions is 20$ per person

         including tax ana 40$ per person including tax for evening

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             The Department of Parks announces the completion of the planting

    of approximately four thousand early Tulips in Stuyvesant Square Park, at

    Second Avenue and 16th Street, which were donated by James Keur in memory

   of his wife Johanna who died recently. The site chosen for the planting

    is around the fountain on the west side of the park, adjacent to the

    statue of another famous Dutchman, Peter Stuyvesant. They will be in full

   bloom during the week of May 3rd.         The three varieties are the White Hawk,

   a beautiful pure white type; the Peach Blossom, a double flesh pink with a

   peoney-like bloom; and the DeWet, famous for its association with the House

   of Orange.

             Mr- and Mrs. Keur were born in Hellegon, Holland where Mrs, Keur

   had the distinction of being the first lady Alderman. During a distinguished

   career of sixty years in the field of horticulture, Mr. Keur has grown

   millions of Tulips both in Holland and the United States. Reports that

   have come out of Holland indicate that his extensive business there has

   been wiped out by the Nazis who have expropriated the land for the growing

   of vegetables to feed the Nazi hordes. His interest in the parks of New

   York City extended over a period of several decades during which he has

   donated hundreds of thousands of Tulips whose blooms have gladened the hearts

   of many times that number of park patrons..



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                  The Girl Scouts and the Department of Parks have agreed on an

    expanded program of day camps in the various, park picnic areas this summer.

    They are to be located as follows, and all of the camps will be open on

    July 1, 1943.



                        Van G o r t l a n d t P a r k :
                        1. H o l l y ' s Lane, West of Jerome Avenue
                            a t Hbodlawn S t a t i o n

                        Pelham Bay P a r k :
                        1 . Pelham Bay P i c n i c A r e a ,
                              Rice Play fie Id

                   QUEENS:

                        Cunningham Park
                            Horace Harding Boulevard to Grand Central
                            Parkway, between 194th Street and Ho H i s
                            Court Boulevard, Hollis

                        Forest Park
                            Off Main Drive near Woodhaven
                            Boulevard, Glendale



                        Willowbrook Park
                            Yictory Boulevard and Riolniioiid'-Avenue
                        Wolfe's Pond Park
                           Kylan Boulevard and Cornelia Avenue
                            (on Raritan Bay)

                  This program will start on July 1st and end on August 13th and is

    open to a l l girls between the ages of 7 and 18 whether or not.they are members

    of the Girl Scouts.           There is an entry fee of fifty cents for each of the

    tvro-week periods.

                  The girls bring their own meals.              Those attending will enjoy a l l the

    things that go with camp l i f e , except that they will not live on the grounds.

    They are taught camp craft, handcraft, folk dancing, singing, photography,

    clay modelling, weaving, and, in addition, enjoy the additional recreation

    f a c i l i t i e s that are provided by the department.

                  The Depiptment of Parks is assigning personnel to aid in carrying

    out the program.           Last year there were 1600 girls in the five boroughs who

    regularly enjoyed these day time trips to the park areas.                    There are very

    few who started the program on July 1st who didn't continue throughout the

    six-week period.



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        ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK
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               TEL. REGENT 4-1000                   999K4.                        ,, , '   April 18, 1943


                          The Department of Parks announces that, to date, over twenty

          thousand boys and girls, between the ages of 12 and 18, have entered the

          New York Community Trust's Spring Sports Tournament *

                          Eliminations in the thirteen sports will be conducted in all the

          park playgrounds, athletic fields and swimming pools through the months of

         April, Ivlay and June, lliminations in the various sports will begin on:

                               Basketball              -     April 17
                               Softball                            18
                               Handball                            18
                               Roller Hockey                       24
                               Paddle Tennis                       34
                               Ping Pong                      May 1
                               Punchball                            1
                               Baseball                             1
                               Shuffleboard                         2
                               Horseshoe Pitching                   2

                          The generous contribution of $10,000* by the New York Community

          Trust will provide prizes for district, borough and City-wide winners. Top

          prizes will be $25.00 war bonds for the individual City-wide winners. Other

         winners will receive luggage, athletic equipment, and other valuable and

          useful prizes.

                          Entry blanks are available at all'neighborhood parks and playgrounds,

          or they may be secured by writing to the various borough headquarters of the

         Park Department, listed below:

                                    Manhattan: Mr. P. J. Cruise
                                               Arsenal Building
                                               64 Street & Fifth Avenue

                                    Brooklyn;   Mr. R. C. Jenkins
                                                ·Litchfield Mansion
                                                 Prospect Park West & Fifth Street

                                    QUEENS:     Mr. J. J. Mallen
                                                The Overlook
                                                Union Turnpike & Park Lane
                                                Forest Park, Kew Gardens

                                    Bronx:      Mr. G, L. Quigley
                                                Bronx Park ilast & Birchall Avenue

                                    Richmond:   Mr. A, M. Anderson
                                                Clove Lakes Park
                                                1150 Clove Road
                                                West New Brighton
                                                Staten Island, N. Y.



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DEPARTMENT OF PARKS          « «*t) *A
ARSMAL, CMTRAL PARK        Ut^ · ' >   ^ Iu \      ^ 3a   FOR RELEASE    Saturday,
TEL. REGENT 4-1000                         ^                            A p r i l 17, 1943



                         EASTER FLOWER SHOW - PROSPECT PARK


               The Park Department announces the opening of the Annual Easter

     Flower Show at the Greenhouse in Prospect Park, Prospect Park West and

     7th Street, Brooklyn, on Palm. Sunday, April 18, at 10 A.M. The show

     will be open to the public each day thereafter for three weeks from

     10 A.M. to 4 P.M.

               The exhibit this year is one of the finest of these annual

     shovre. More than 300 varieties of flowers are represented by 5,000

     specimens.   The main feature of the show is a huge cross 27 feet by

     15 feet with the head of the cross raised 20 feet off the floor, made

     up of pure white Bermuda lilies, edged with dark blue cinerarias, and

     banked with genistas.    Shower of gold plant and pink and white azaleas

     are at the base of the cross. Leading to the steps of the cross is a

     path of grass with a sunken garden of azaleas in over 50 varieties.

              As a background for the central motive, the walls of the

     Greenhouse are banked with a colorful display of flowers in great

     varieties, among which are cinerarias, calceolarias, sweet peas and

     snapdragons.


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              PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS MAY BE TAKEN AT ANT TIME.

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ARSENAL, CMTRAL PARK                  t                                  A p r i l 1 1 , 1943
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             The ten Municipal Golf Courses operated by the.Department of Parks

   will be opened for play for the season on Saturday, April 17. All of the

   courses are readily accessible by transit facilities. The food and refresh-

  ment bars in the clubhouses will also open for the season at that time.

   Sandwiches and refreshments are available at these bars to accomodate golfers.

             With the exception of the Forest Park Golf Course, the same pro-

   fessionals will be on hand as last year. At the Forest Park Course, Mr.

   Hughie Clasby will take over this season. Golf Pros: will arrange for

   lessons and make repairs to golf equipment.

             Golf permits for the season cost §5.00.    An additional charge of

   10# will be made with the season golf permit on weekdays and an additional

   charge of 50# on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Daily golf fees remain

   the same; 75gf on weekdays and $1.00 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

             The department also announces the opening of the clay tennis

   courts on April 17, weather permitting. Tennis permits cost $3.00.

             Complete listing of the golf and tennis facilities can be found

   in the telephone directory.

             Permits can be secured at any of the five borough offices listed

   below, either by personal application or by mail,

       MANHATTAN - Arsenal Building - Telephone: RSgent 4-1000
                   64 Street and Fifth Avenue

        BROOKLYN -    Litchfield Mansion - Telephone: SOuth 8-2300
                      Prospect Park West and 5th Street

        QjDKENS-      The Overlook - Telephone: CLeveland 3-4600
                      Union Turnpike & Park Lane
                      Forest Park, Kew Gardens, L. I,

        BRONX -      . Bronx Park East & Birchall Ave.-Telephone: WEstchester 7-5200
                       Bronx Park

        RICHMOND -    Clove Lakes Park - Telephone: Gibraltar 2-&640
                      1150 Clove Road
                      West New Brighton, Staten Island
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     DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
     AHSSttL, CENTRAL PARK                                      FOR RELEASE _Wednesda2j__
     TIL. R1GMT 4-1000                                                      A'oril 7 , 1943
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                                                golf writer*

                     The Department of Parks announces that the City-wide finals

           of the Boxing Championships will take place at Lost Battalion Hall,

           93-29 Queens Boulevards Queens, on Thursday, April 8, at 8:30 P.M.

          Admission "is free.

                     Valuable prizes, consisting of traveling bags for the winners

           and fountain pens for the losers, have been donated by Bernard. G-imbel

           for this occasion.

                     All the boxers, who will take part in these bouts on Thursday

           are the borough winners of a series of eliminations conducted throughout

          the City at the various Park Department boxing centers. These boys

          have been instructed at these centers by trained park personnel as part

           of a recreational and physical fitness program.

                     There will be eighteen bouts, with classifications ranging

           from the 85 pounders to the heavyweight division.   Competitors have

          been further classified into two age groups: Midget (14 to 16 years)

           and Junior (16 to 18 years).




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DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                                    FOR RELEASE      MONDAY
TEL. REGENT 4 - 1 0 0 0 .                                                               March 29, 1943



                    The Department of Parks and The New York Community Trust

      announce a -widespread athletic competition for the boys and g i r l s of

     the City, to take place during the months of April, May and June.                        The

      sports in this competition, which will be conducted by convenient

     d i s t r i c t s , include basket b a l l , softball, baseball, paddle tennis, ping

     pong, track meets, shuffle board, handball, boxing, swimming, roller

     hockey, horseshoe pitching, and pur.ch ball (for                    girls).

                    Events have been scheduled for ages from 12 to 18 years.                   No

     entry fee is required.             Competitions will take place in a l l recreation

      areas and Playgrounds of the City, and prizes will be awarded at the

      d i s t r i c t , borough and City f i n a l s .   These competitions will have not only

      competitive interest, but also spectator i n t e r e s t , especially the inter-

      d i s t r i c t , inter-borough and City-wide finals.          These contests,       therefore,

     will be staged at locations having suitable seating arrangements for

      spectators, such as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, ampitheatres and

      stadia.      The grand prize to the individual winner of the City-wide finals

      in each sport is to be a Twenty-Five Dollar INar Bond.                       There will also be

      valuable individual prizes to team winners.

                    The closing dates of entries, according to sports, will be;

                               Basket Ball                 April 17
                               Handball                             17
                               Softball                             17
                               Padaie Tennis                        24
                               Ping Pong                            24
                               Roller Hockey                        24
                               Boxing                               24
                               Shuffle Board                        24
                               Punch Ball                     May   1
                               Baseball                              1
                               Horseshoe Pitching                    1
                               Swimming                             22
                               Track Meets                           8

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          Although the Park Department has conducted annual competitions

in the past, it was thought this year, with so much interest concentrated

on things military, it -was necessary to give more attention to recreation

on a large scale for young civilians because of war conditions.    The New

York Community Trust has generously provided funds for the purchase of

3886 prizes.

          Boys and girls desiring to enter these tournaments should get

in touch with the Playground Director of their neighborhood playground,

or -write to the Park Director of the borough in -which they reside:

          Manhattan -         Mr. P. J. Cruise
                              Arsenal Building
                              64th Street k Fifth Avenue
                              New York City

          Brooklyn -          Mr. R, C« Jenkins
                              Litohfield Mansion
                              Prospect Park lest & Fifth Street
                              Brooklyn, New York

          Queens -            Mr. J . J'; Mallen
                              The Overlook
                              Union Turnpike & Park Lane
                              Forest Park, Kew Gardens
                              New York City

          Bronx -             Mr. G. L. Quijley
                              Bronx Park East k Birchall Avenue
                              Bronx, New York

          Richmond -          Mr. A. M. Anderson
                              Clove Lakes Park
                              1150 Clove Road
                              West New Brighton, Staten Island
                              New York Citv

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DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                                            FOR RELEASE   SATURDAY
TEL. RESENT 4-1000                                                                             MRCH   2 7 , 1943




                      The Department of Parks announces t h a t 154 b a s e b a l l d i a -

      monds and 279 s o f t b a l l f i e l d s t h r o u g h o u t t h e f i v e boroughs w i l l be

       o f f i c i a l l y ooened f o r p l a y on S a t u r d a y , A p r i l 1 7 .

                      While t h e r e i s no charge f o r t h e use of t h e s e r e c r e a t i o n

       a r e a s , o e r m i t s a r e r e q u i r e d and t h e y may be obtained by applying t o

       t h e Borough D i r e c t o r of t h e borough i n which t h e f i e l d i s l o c a t e d .

      Each a p p l i c a n t must e n c l o s e a stamped s e l f - a d d r e s s e d envelope w i t h

      ·his request.

                      The names and addresses of the various Borough Directors

       follow:

                              Mr. P. J . Cruise, Borough Director
                              Arsenal Building
                              64 Street & Fifth Avenue
                              New York City
                              Mr, R. C. Jenkins, Borough Director
                              Litchfield Mansion
                              Prospect Park West & Fifth Street
                              Brooklyn, New York

                              Mr. J, J. Mallen, Borough Director
                              The Overlook
                              Union Turnnike & Park Lane
                              Forest Park, Kew Gardens, Long Island

                              Mr. G. L. Quigley, Borough Director
                              Bronx Park East & Birchall Avenue
                              Bronx, New York

                              Mr. A. M. Anderson, Borough Director
                              Clove Lakes Park
                              1150 Clove Road
                              "West New Brighton, Staten Island



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DEPARTMENT OF PARKS          NT^^     ( J ^ W ?                    Mar;24,1943
 ARSENAL,
 ARSENAL CENTRAL PARK
                  A                               rOt ISjSUaSe
Mr* Wetlts^F^HpvSfcg, President,
Lord . & Taylor,
424 Fifth Avenue,
Hew York Qi$Y-
iJeai? Mr. Having:
                The press attributes to you the statement! that a big
start would be made in balancing the City budget and avoiding addi-
tional taxation if the Mayor were to move out of the old G-racie Mansion
in Carl Schurz Park.
                The bright minds who do your research should know that
the G-racie Mansion was repaired by relief forces because it was one
of the very fine old landmarks of the * City, that the use of the build-
ing for a Museum was not successful after the Museum of the City of
New York moved out, that further repairs were made by relief forces
and that the very beet use for the building which could be thought of
by numerous public-spirited people interested in its preservation was
as a permanent, simple and dignified home for successive Mayors of the
City of New York*
                This building is maintained by park forces as an
incident in the upkeep of Carl Schurz Park.     The basement houses the
park maintenance forces. The additional expense of upkeep as the
Mayor's residenoe is so small that it could have no conceivable effect
on the balancing of the budget.     The City does not provide servants,
food or other living expenses in the Mayor's House.       These are paid
for by the Mayor which, as you know, is Contrary to the practice in
the case of the White House, State Executive Mansions and other
houses furnished to public executives to maintain the dignity and
symbol of their offices, As an intelligent executive, you ought to
take pride in the Mayor's House, Just as you take pride in Fifth Avenue
                It is a curious and interesting fact that a good many of
your associates were enthusiastic about the conversion of the G-racie
Mansion into the Mayor1s House, and that the same people eagerly sup-
ported the Trustees of the Museum of the City of New York in persuading
a previous City administration to buy a new site for this Museum when
it was located in the Grade Mansion.
                If, in your campaign against the restoration of the full
sales tax, you must sling mud and toss about phoney figures, please
keep away from the parks and historic mansions. Even mud slinging is
an art. The trick is not to spatter yourself and your friends*
                                       Very truly yours,
                                          /s/ ROBERT MOSES
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ARSENAL, CaJTRAL PASS                                         3OR RELEASE
TEL. R3S28T 4-1000                                                          Martb S3, 1943




                        The Dspartaoeftt of Parks a&wnmees the gift of two
          three year old festal* lions from the Herahey Eatatea, Hershay
          FennsylTania, vfiiieh hare closed t&elr aoo for the duration*
                        The animals both of which are fine specimens in
          good condition «n& shipped byla^ilway ejEprees/arrived at
          the Central Park Zoo today* One animal w i n remain at
          Central Park and the other i s already on i t s way to the Prospect
          Park Zoo«
                        Those anlaals will replace others whioh have died
          from old age*
                                            be taken issaodiately*




          Telephoned:
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          ·^Associated Press         y^

          j / D a i l y Mirror

          ^Brooklyn ^ a i l y Eagle

          V"Brooklyn Citizen
            P.M.       , . .-.   .   ·

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DEPARTMENT OF PARKS                                          77  n /         o x
  ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                     r<?r Release     Saturday,
       TEL, REG^ 4-1000             \>«_X                                  March 2 0 , 1 9 4 3

                                     Mi?/43
             The Department of Parks announces that the New York State Indoor Speed

Skating Championships will be held on Sunday, March 21, 1943, at 5:30 P.M. at the

New York City Building, Flushing Meadow Park, Queens.

             Fourteen speed skating events, ranging from the quarter mile to the two

mile race are included in the program for Senior Men and Women, Intermediate Boys

(under 18 years), Junior Boys(under 16 years), Juvenile Boys(under 14 years),

Midget Boys(under 12 years) and Intermediate Girls(under 18 years).

             Some of the outstanding ice skaters in the men's division who will com-

pete in these championships next Sunday are Roy Irickson, Brooklyn, New York, 1942

Metropolitan Indoor Speed Champion; Herman Van Putten, present holder of the North

-American Indoor Speed Skating Championship as well as the Middle Atlantic Indoor

Title and interstate Outdoor Championship; Ray Blum, 1943 Silver Skates Derby

Championship.

             In the Senior Women's division, Mrs. Helene Carlesco, Jackson Heights,

1943 Silver Skates Champion and Eastern States Outdoor Champion and Miss Beatrice

Amann, Meriden,Connecticut, Tri-state Indoor Champion and runner-up for New York

State Indoor title have registered for the New York State Championship,

             Gold and silver medals will be awarded in each event by the Park De-

partment .

             Spectators will be admitted to the skating championship on Sunday,

March 21, at the New York City Building, by paying the usual 40?f admission fee.

             The roller skating rink will be open to the public from 7i30 to 11 P.M.

on the same evening upon payment of the admission charge. Roller skates will be

furnished without any additional cost.

             The cafeteria will be open during the course of the evening and a

variety of food and drinks may be purchased at reasonable prices.

             The New York City Building can be reached by: Flushing Ridgewood trolley

to Grand Central Parkway, pedestrian walk to building; Independent subway to Grand

Avenue station, Queens line, Flushing Ridgewood trolley to Grand Central Parkway;

1RT, BMT lines to 111 Street station, Corona; North Shore bus from West Farms to

Boston Road, Bronx, to Main Street, Flushing, LaGuardia Airport bus to park en-

trance gate; Triborough Coach from Continental Avenue, Forest Hills, to Horace

Harding Boulevard, pedestrian walk to building.



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DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
 ARSENAL. CENTRAL PARK                            .                     Par    D,]p/lfp    FRIDAY
       T «.. R E G E N T 4 _ l 0 0 0            ^/.   w   _y_           rorxelease ^ ^          ^


                            Bids were opened today by the Department of Parks at the Arsenal

   in Central Park on a contract for landscaping work on the Francis Lewis

       Boulevard, a mixed traffic artery extending eleven miles from the Belt

       Parkway in the southeastern corner of Queens to the Whitestone Bridge ap-

       proach.

                              The contract for topsoil, seeding and planting will provide the

       finishing touches to the two mile section between Hillside Avenue and Horace

       Harding Boulevard, one and one-half miles of which passes through Cunningham

       Park.

                             The planting &t each end of the boulevard will consist of formal

       street trees between the curb and sidewalk. "Within the park and particularly

       around the three grade separations a considerable quantity of native trees and

       shrubs will be used to create an informal landscape consistent with the ad-

       jacent park development.

                             The major trees> some of which will be six inches in diameter will

       consist chiefly of a variety of oaks with a scattering of honey locust, ash,

       tulip and sweetgum. The steeper roadway slopes will be stabilized with bank

       binding vines and shrubs including huckleberry sods, ivy, roses and honey-

       suckle.

                              The bridges will be accented with small flowering trees such as

       the Hawthorne, Dogwood, Redbud and Viburnums. The native shrubs, many of

       which are flowering types will be used around the access roadways, open

       lawns and meadows.

                              These will include the following: Sweetfern, spicebush, and witch

       hazel, arrowwood, azaleas and Bayberry Laurel, Silverbells and Sumac.

                              Occasional mounds of climbing roses and honeysuckle will be

       allowed to pile up on the wood guard rails near side slopes and bridge
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       approaches.

                              The planting contract: is scheduled for completion this spring*

                              The three lowest bids for the work described above were submitted

       by»                                        ·         ,
                                       1. Lincolndale Nurseries, Inc.     $110,269.15
                                          Lincolndale, New York

                                       2.   John Gozo                         132,054.75
                                            171-08 84th Road
                                            Jamaica, New York

                                       3.   Grandview Company                 132,072.65
                                            6 Grandvieyj Avenue
                                            Mt, Vernon, Hew York

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C% DEPARTMENT OF PARIS           W                 lor Release:     ·_J!£iMI
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   ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                                March 19, 1943
   REgent 4-1000
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               Bids were opened today by the Department of Parlcs^at the Arsenal in

    Central Park on a contract for landscaping work on the Brooklyn-Connecting

    Highway.

               The contract provides for spreading topsoil salvaged from the site,

    furnishing and spreading topsoil, furnishing and placing various types of

    plant food, furnishing and planting grass seed, trees, shrubs and vines along

    the access and service roadways at tre intersection of the Brooklyn-Connecting

    Highway and Grand Central Parkway Extension. The sections specifically are

    the South Service Roadway of Grand Central Parkway from 86th ^treet to Ditmars

    Boulevard and Ditmars Boulevard from 91st Street to 93r-d Street and the east

    and west branches of the Connecting Highway.

               In addition to dressing up this arterial connector which skirts

    St. Michael's Cemetery the planting is essential for the preservation of the

    grade separation slopes. Over fifteen thousand trailing roses in seven varieties

    and supplemented with honeysuckle and other creepers will provide a color blanket

    to prevent the erosion of topsoil. White shadbush and yellow forsythia will

    provide an early touch of color to the spring picture. The basic tree planting

    will consist of Oaks, Sweetgum and Honey Locust. Flowering Hawthornes and

    Apples will be used for accent at the bridges and along the slopes.

               When this arterial improvement is opened it will shorten considerably

    the trip between downtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Municipal Airport.

               The three lowest bids for the work described above were submitted


               1.   Meadow Brook Nurseries, Inc.        $114,285.45
                    42 Grand Avenue
                    Englewood, New Jersey

               2.   John'Gozo                           $122,388.00
                    171-08 84th Road
                    Jamaica,. New York

               3.   Alcan Construction Corp.              $148,257.45
                    728 S. Columbus Avenue
                    Mt. Vernon, New York

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DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                             For Release 
TEL. REGENT 4-1000                                             March 14, 1943


          The Borough President of Queens and the Department of Parks
announce that a combination of social and square dancing will be conducted at
Lost Battalion Hall, 93-29 Queens Boulevard, Queens, on the Friday nights of
March 19 and 26, and on Monday evening, April 5.

          Ed Durlacher, a well known "caller", will desert farm chores for the
evening and will twang his way through the old familiar American Sets.  He will
be ably assisted in this undertaking by his equally well known "Top Hands", who
will provide the music for all the dancing.

          The music and prize were made available by the generous cooperation
of the Long Island Daily Press and the Long Island Star Journal. The dances
were arranged some time ago when the W.P.A. bands were available. The bands
have since been discontinued, but the Long Island Daily Press and the Long
Island Star Journal answered Commissioner Moses' call for help.

         A prize of a twenty-five dollar War Bond vail be awarded the winners
in an Old Timers Waltz Contest. The combined ages of the contestants for this
event must be a minimum of 100 years. Eliminations will take place on the
nights of March 19 and March 26, with the finals conducted on the night of
April 5.

         There will be no admission charge. All are cordially welcome. Lost
Battalion Hall may be reached by the Independent Eighth Avenue Subway, "3"
train Express to Roosevelt Avenue station, change to local to Woodhaven
Boulevard station.  Gome out at east end of station and walk two short
blocks.

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    EPARTMENT OF PARKS                  ipT
       ARSENAL, CENTRAL, PARK                 ^ j \"y 1 ^f J)           " or   Release Saturday,
            TEL. RESENT 4-K.oo                 -' >        > p ^v _                   March 13, 1943

                   The Department of Parks announces that contpaiy to rumor, New York City's

    public golf courses and tennis courts will be open this year as usual.               These f a c i l -

    i t i e s will provide some outlet for the relief of strained nerves and long hours of

    work in war production, thereby helping maintain public morale.

                   Season permits for golf and tennis f a c i l i t i e s will go on sale Monday,

    March 22.        These permits can be secured at the five borough offices by mailing a

    check made payable to the Department of Parks or by application in person.                Appli-

    cants for permits must furnish photographs that have been taken within two. weeks of

    the date of application.         The photograph i s to be one-and-one-half inch by one-and-

    one half inch and must be attached to the application blank.

                   The price of golf permits will be five dollars.        This year, however,

    there will be an additional charge of ten cents on week days, in conjunction with

    season golf permits, and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, the same additional

    charge of fifty cents will be in effect as last year.             The daily fee permit for

    playing from Monday to Friday will be seventy-five cents and one dollar on Satur-

    days, Sundays and holidays.

                   The department also announces the abolition of reservations for week-end

    and holiday play.          This change in policy will place the operation of the golf

    courses entirely on a f i r s t come f i r s t served basis.

                   The charge for a season tennis permit will be three dollars.          This permit

    is good at any time, at any of the forty-six locations where five hundred and

    twenty-two courts are operated by the Department of Parks.

                   Because of the uncertainty of spring weather, definite dates for the

    opening of the golf courses and clay tennis courts cannot be set at t h i s time.

    If weather conditions are favorable, the golf courses and clay tennis courts will

    open on Saturday, April 17.

                   The Borough Offices wlaere applications for tennis and golf permits can

    be made, are located as follows!

                   Manhattan     Arsenal Building - Telephone: HEgent 4-1000
                                 64 Street and Fifth Avenue

                   Brooklyn      Litchfield Mansion - Telephone: SOuth 8-2300
                                 Prospect Park "w'est & Fifth Street

                   Queens        The Overlook - Telephone: CLeveland 3-4600
                                 Union Turnpike & Park Lane
                                 Forest Park, Sew Gardens, L. I .

                   Bronx          Bronx Park Sast & Birchall Avenue -Telephone: HEstchester 7-
                                  Bronx Park                                     5200

                   Richmond       Clove Lakes Park - telephone: GIbralter 2-7640
                                  1150 Clove Road,
                                  West New Brighton, S. I .

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#19933 Proposed Improvement Around Harlem Meer,
       Central Park, Manhattan (Glossy Print}


Black & White, (Map file)

 ?       9 Unfinished Playgrounds

ML 42-1407 Inwood Park Boat Basin

ML 183-103 Pldg adjacent t o P.S. 108

XL 141*106 ?lgd. adjoining P.S. #81
XL 135-107 New plgd, & comfort station, Bailejr Are*
          fit West 234 St.

XL 136-105 New plgd* Harris Park

BL 219-104 P l g d . , Truxton, Sackman & fulton Sfcs*

QL 301-104 Plgd* a d j . P.S.40

%L 302-104 Plgd., S t . Felix & Seneca Aves., 75

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DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                             For Release 
TEL. REGENT 4-1000                                             March 13, 1943


           Bids were opened today by the Department of Parks at the Arsenal
Building in Central Park on a contract for the completion of nine park
projects left in various stages of progress by the W.P.A. Widely spaced
throughout the City, these improvements comprise six new playgrounds,
ranging from one to four acres; the reconstruction of the Harlem Meer
section of Central Park, Manhattan; a new ten acre athletic field in the
Bronx, at Bedford Park Boulevard and Goulden Avenue and a new boat basin in
Inwood Eill Park, Manhattan.

           In most instances the new recreational facilities are being
provided in old neighborhoods where existing park areas are completely
lacking or are too distant to be readily accessible to mothers and children.

           It is essential to complete these unfinished W.P.A. projects as
quickly as possible to protect the work already done and the public using
the parks in and adjacent to these uncompleted areas. To leave them in their
present condition until after the war would be a serious waste of funds
already expended. Although the contract allows about eight months for
completion, it is expected that most of the playgrounds will be opened for
usage about midsummer of this year.

           With the exception of basic materials such as sand, stone,
cement, topsoil, etc. which do not require priorities, items needed for the
completion of the projects are now in the possession of the City and no
critical materials are necessary.  i The projects are as follows; Manhattan

           1. HARLEM MEER, CENTRAL PARK, the largest improvement consists of
the reconstruction of the northeastern corner of Central Park extending from
Conservatory Gardens to 110th Street and from Fifth Avenue to East Park
Drive.

           The new development which is about 50% completed retains with
slight modification the original shape of the lake, presently drained for
construction operations. A new fifteen foot promenade is being built around
the shore line completely encircling the lake. Frequent connections will be
made to a secondary path system which will parallel the shore promenade and
connect with the main park entrances from Fifth Avenue, 110th Street,
Conservatory Gardens and the general park path system. The south slopes and
ravines will be interlaced with foot paths and trails winding through
interesting plantings leading to tree shaded overlook benches from which the
lake and Conservatory Gardens may be viewed. Benches will also be
conveniently spaced along the lake promenade and the general path system
including the trails.

          A combination brick boathouse, comfort station and refreshment
concession with, a 360 foot boat landing platform are the main features of
the north shore adjacent to 110th Street.  Two new entrances will be opened
in the north wall of the park with stone stairways leading to the boathouse
plaza.  Convenient approaches to the two existing marginal playgrounds,
north and east of the lake, will be provided.

          Appropriate trees including Maples, Oaks and Dogwoods and various
flowering shrubs will be added to the existing planting.

          2. INWOOD HILL PARK, BOAT BASIN AREA; the boat basin was formed by
joining an island in the bed of the old Spuyten Duyvil Creek to Manhattan with
fill.

          Approximately 80% completed, the development included in this
contract l provide riprap along the shore of the one acre oval shaped basin,
two small parking fields, a concrete storage building for fifty canoes, a
waterfront promenade adjacent to the riprapped banks and a central
bulkheadsd plaza which will be the site of a future administration and boat
concession building.  The island will be planted with shade trees and lawns.

          3. PLAYGROUND AT MADISON AVENUE TO PARK AVENUE, EAST 108 to EAST
             109 STREETS, one acre in extent and about 90% completed, is
located in the eastern half of the block.

          The entire block was acquired by the City in 1941 for a school
site and playground.  Clearing the densely built up area of old four and
five story brick and brownstone buildings was started in September of 1941.
The school site was levelled and surfaced with a mixture of sand and
cinders.

          Playground facilities including four handball courts, three
shuffleboard courts and a softball diamond have been opened to the public
since late last summer.

          The new contract provides for installing chain link fence and
benches, completion of the comfort station, and equipment for the volley
ball and basket ball courts.

Bronx

          4. PLAYGROUND AT WEST 234 STREET AND BAILEY AVENUE, about 90%
completed and three acres in extent, was originally acquired for school
purposes in 1929 and was assigned last year to the Department of Parks.

          At present it is enclosed by eight foot chain link fence with two
entrances from West 234 Street.  It is sub-divided into units by tree
planted block paved mails and contains a wading pool, comfort station
flanked by two narrow units of play apparatus for pre-school and older
children, slides and seesaws in the pre-school section, a court games area
with three handball courts and three bocci courts, and a softball diamond
with backstop. This latter area may also be used for roller skating and free
play.

           The contract provides for the completion of the comfort station,
a sandpit, swings, a pipe frame exercise unit, laying granite blocks,
erection of a flagpole, construction of a concrete retaining wall, erection
of a chain link fence and the planting of shade trees.

           5. ATHLETIC FIELD AT BEDFORD PARK BOULEVARD, PAUL AND GOULDEN
AVENUES AND 205 STREET, which is about 50% developed, was formerly part of
the Jerome Park Reservoir.  It was placed under the jurisdiction of the
Department of Parks in 1940 by assignment from the Department of Water
Supply, Gas and Electricity.  The ten acre park is readily accessible from
the Grand Concourse via West Bedford Park Boulevard and West 205 Street.

           The new contract provides for completing a portion of the ultimate
L-shaped bleachers, four regulation baseball and two softball diamonds with
backstops, four football fields, benches and drinking fountains.

           A brick field house of modern detail with lockers, comfort station
and refreshment concession will be built after the war.

           6. PLAYGROUND AT WHITE PLAINS ROAD, EAST 225 TO EAST 226 STREETS,
was acquired in 1941 by the City for school and recreational purposes. The
Board of Education removed the old one and a half story frame school annex
adjacent to the playground and added a wing to the old two story brick
building.

           The new one and one-quarter acre playground which is about 85%
completed will be operated by the Board of Education during school hours and
at all other times by the Department of Parks for community usage. A one
quarter acre parcel of the old school property located north of the new
school wing has been in included in the playground development.

           A court games area developed on the old school grounds will
contain a combination volley ball and basket ball court, three paddle tennis
courts and two shuffleboard courts. Adjacent to this area will be a wading
pool and two handball courts. Two play areas containing the typical play
apparatus will lie between the school house and the combination softball
diamond.

Brooklyn

           7. PLAYGROUND AT EASTERN PARKWAY, FULTON, TRUXTON AND SACKMAN
STREETS, is divided into two sections by Sackman Street. Slightly over three
and a half acres it was originally acquired by the Board of Transportation
for subway purposes and was transferred in 1940 to the Department of
Parks. Restrictions were placed on construction because of the existing
subway.

           The Board of Transportation, in connection with the building of a
subway entrance, has provided concrete retaining walls around the larger
easterly section coordinating this work with the Department of Parks
playground plans.

           The smaller triangle between Eastern Parkway and Sackman Street
opened to the public in November 1942, includes a sitting area witha memorial
flagpole, a roller skating track; a comfort station) a sand pit, wading pool
and several pieces of kindergarten play apparatus.

           The large triangle east of Sackman Street which is about 80%
completed will when the new contract is finished, contain two basketball, six
shuffleboard, three paddle tennis, three handball, two bocci, and four
horseshoe courts, and a sitting area near the subway entrance. A large
central open play area will serve for roller skating and softball.

Queens

           8. PLAYGROUND AT 109 & BRINCKERHOFF AVENUES, 108 & UNION HALL
STREETS, which is about 80% completed, lies adjacent to Public School
#40. The new development to be operated jointly by the Department of Parks
and the Board of Education for school and neighborhood play, will utilize the
entire block acquired by condemnation.

           When completed the playground will provide the following
facilities: eight concrete surfaced handball courts, wading pool, brick
comfort station, sand pit and sitting area, seesaws, slides and swings for
pre-school and older children, a pipe frame exercise unit, two large open
free play areas, three practice basket ball standards, one basketball court
with removable standards, two softball diamonds with hooded chain link
backstops, three paddle tennis courts and three shuffleboard courts.

           Gate controlled entrances will be readily accessible from the school
building and the boundary walks.

           9. PLAYGROUND AT ST. FELIX, SENECA, FOREST AND 75 AVENUES,
adjacent to Public School #68 is about 90% completed and was opened in part
in January of this year.  It is operated during school hours by the Board of
Education and at all other times by the Department of Parks.

             The present development provides a softball diamond with hooded
chain link backstop, combination volley ball and basket ball courts with
removable standards, paddle tennis courts with removable nets and posts,
shuffleboard courts, concrete surfaced handball courts, sand pit and sitting
area, pipe frame exercise unit, seesaws, swings, brick comfort station and
concrete wading pool*

             Under this contract one wing of the L-shaped bleachers will be
built.  It also includes drainage, irrigation, drinking fountains, park
lighting, new sidewalks, fencing, completion of the comfort station and other
miscellaneous items.

          The three lowest bids for the completion of these nine park areas

which are described above were submitted by the following contractors:

            1. Prank Mascali & Sons, Inc.                   $182,482.50
               4634 Third Avenue, Bronx, New York

            2. Balaban Gordon Company, Inc.                  198,695.15
               220 West 42 Street, New York City

            3. Flushing Asphalt                              222,446.25
               168-22 91st avenue, Jamaica, New York


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      DEPARTMENT OF PARIS
      A R S 3 M L , CENTRAL PARK                          FOR RELEASE      TUESDAY
      Tel.      RE gent 4-1000                                            February 23, 1943




                        The Department of Parks announces the 500th performance of its

            Puppet and Marionette Show will be held at the Madison House, 226 Madison

            Street on February 24th at 3:30 p«m«

                        This troupe of puppeteers was organized and equipped by the

            Department of Parks.    In the winter of 1940, a number of performances were

            given indoors as part of a Christmas- program.    The shows were so well

            attended and enthusiastically received by both children and adults, that

            the Department undertook to construct a trailer stage and all the scenes

            necessary, for a repertoire of plays.    This was completed in May 1941, and

            was immediately sent on a tour of the parks in the five boroughs*        "Hansel

            and Gretel", "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "The Lonely Elm" were the plays

            enacted.

                        As part of the winter program, the marionettes were taken indoors.

            Nine thousand children, who would not have otherwise had an opportunity to

            see these plays, were entertained.     The interest with ifitaich they are re-

            ceived can be best gauged by the number of requests for repeat performances

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DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                FOR RELEASE     SUNDAY
Tel, REgent 4-1000                                                 February 21, 1943




              The Department of Parks announces that a "Learn To Swim"

     campaign for men of the Merchant Marine will begin immediately at the

     indoor swimming pools under its jurisdiction.    The importance of swim-

    ming for this branch of the service is universally recognized.       The

    United Merchant Seamen's Service and the Seamen's Institute have indorsed

     this campaign as an important asset to the national effort.      An appropriate

     poster indicating the locations of the Department of Park pools and the

     scheduled hours of operation and instruction, have been distributed to the

    various merchant marine agencies. All seamen are invited to attend.         There

    will be no fee of any kind*   Instructions in swimming will also be free.

               Following are the locations and hours of instruction and opera-

     tions

               35 West 134th Street, Manhattan          Daily, 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.
                                                        Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

               342 East 54th Street, Manhattan          Same as above

               232 West 60th Street, Manhattan          Same as above

               Carmine k Varick Streets,Manhattan       Same as above

               Baruch Pool, Rivington & Mangin          Same as above
                       Streets, Manhattan

               5 Rutgers Place, Manhattan               Daily, 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.
                                                        Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

               407 West 28th Street, Manhattan          Monday, 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.
                                                        Tuesday through Friday,
                                                        3 p.m. - 6 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
                                                                          10 p.m.
                                                        Saturday, 12 noon - 6 p.m.




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TEL. REGENT 4-1000                                          February 15, 1943


                  SERVICE FLAGS, HONOR ROLLS AND MEMORIALS


            Service flags and honor rolls are cropping up all over the city,
and all sorts of war memorials, temporary and permanent, are being
proposed. These patriotic and generous recognitions of war service represent
a perfectly natural and commendable enthusiasm on the part of the sponsoring
neighborhood groups. The disposition on the part of most public officials is
to go along with these plans no matter how impractical they are.  Such an
attitude, however, does nothing in the long run either for the neighborhood
or for those it seeks to honor.

           First, as to service flags, most of them are unable to with stand
weather conditions and are soon torn and unattractive.  Some of them have
already been removed and others are furled and tied up. They can, however,
be replaced, and if the neighborhood groups are willing to purchase service
flags, they will always look reasonably attractive.

           Second, as to temporary honor rolls usually including the names
of local young men in the armed service, the Park Department has had to deny
requests to place such memorials on park land.  They accumulate dust and
dirt quickly and get out of repair and must be cleaned, repainted and
repaired at frequent intervals to remain attractive.  It is a regrettable
fact also that they are subject to vandalism. There is nothing to be said
for such temporary memorials, in the light of city conditions which must be
faced.

           Third, as to permanent memorials, construction must be postponed
until the war is over because materials are not available. The Park
Department and Art Commission will be happy to co-operate with neighborhood
and other groups who have such memorials in mind.  In this connection it is
worth remembering that there were more than five hundred war memorials in the
city before World War II began. Many of them were poorly designed and
constructed, some were grotesque, some were placed in locations where they
were peculiarly subject to vandalism and natural deterioration. We have
attempted to restore these memorials and have made considerable progress in
this direction, although quite a few of them would have been abandoned if it
had not been for sentiment.

         We have an opportunity now to avoid the mistakes of the past and
to plan these permanent memorials intelligently.

          Fourth, there is a type of war memorial which can be established
now and need not wait until the war is over. This is the memorial which
consists of purchasing and planting living trees. Recently, fifteen such
trees were planted in one block on Ryerson Street, Brooklyn, to honor local
young men in the army, navy and marine corps. Another group in Brooklyn is
planning to do the same thing.  Such a memorial constitutes a simple,
dignified and lasting manifestation of respect. Many other streets and
communities could be improved in this way and such memorial street trees will
become an asset to abutting property.  Trees can also be planted on a number
of triangles available for the purpose. The Park Department will be happy to
co-operate with groups who have such a memorial in mind.

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ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                               FOR RELEASE     Sunday,
TIL. REGMT 4-1000                  /                              February 14, 1943
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             The Department of Parks announces that demonstrations of the recrea-

   tional activities conducted at its various gymnasium centers and indoor pools

  will take place during the period of Monday, February 15, to Saturday,

   February 27, according to the following schedule:'

                 Manhattan                              Exhibition Dates

       Gymnasium at Cherry & Oliver Streets       Mon.,Feb. 15 - 7:30 P.M.

       Carmine Street Gymnasium & Pool,           Friday, Feb. 19 - 7:30 P.M.
         Clarkson St. & 7th Avenue

       West 28 Street Gymnasium & Pool,           Thurs.,Feb. 25 - 7:30 P.M.
         407 West 28 Street

       East 54 Street Gymnasium & Pool,           Friday, Feb. 26 - 7:30 P.M.
         342 East 54 Street

       West 134 Street Gymnasium & Pool,          Sat., Feb. 27 - 7:30 P.M.
         35 West 134 Street

                 Brooklyn

      President Street Gymnasium, President       Friday, Feb. 26 - 7:30 P.M.
        Street & 4th Avenue


             All age groups will participate in these demonstrations and the pro-

   grams will include games in ping pong, table tennis, badminton, basketball,

   handball, volley ball and group games.

             The gymnastic exhibitions will embrace a variety of stunts on heavy

   apparatus as well as demonstrations and drills with light apparatus. Tumbling

   and weight-lifting will also form part of the scheduled activities.

             Pool shows will be held on the same evening at the pools listed in

   the schedule, and they will include short and long distance races in various

   styles, relays, and exhibitions in diving, life saving and first aid.

             Admission to these modern and well equipped gymnasia and indoor pools

   is free at all times and the public is invited to attend these performances.
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                                                               February 8, 1943




                   The Municipal Lifeguard Training Course sponsored Thy the

        Park Department and designed to cope with the growing shortage of

        manpower Dresents an opportunity for young men not alone to secure

        profitable, pleasant summer positions, but also to perform an im-

        portant civic duty.

                   Most of the outstanding high school athletes have already

        nassed the qualifying swim test and have been enrolled in the course.

         These tests are held daily at the 54th Street Indoor Pool located at

         ·54th Street' between First and Second Avenues, Manhattan.   Applicants

         are   scheduled for tests at different hours during the day and are

         able, therefore, to qualify without loss of time.

                   Because of the increasing interest shown in the course, the

        Department of Parks found it necessary to extend the closing date for

         application and qualification to Saturday, February 20, 1943.

                    Many young men have allied to the Park Denartment authori-

         ties for permission to take the course because of the help the training

         will give them when they are called to the colors.

                    Prospective candidates should apply at the headquarters of

         the Park Decartment, Arsenal Building, 64th Street and 5th Avenue,

         Manhattan, REgent 4-1000, for further information and application

         blanks.




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               The Park Department offers to school vacationists and others

     an opportunity to attend a roller skating show at the New York City

     Building, Flushing Meadow Park, Wednesday evening, February 3, at 8 P.M.

               The cast of the r o l l s r revue will consist of a group of top-

    notch skaters.   The show i t s e l f will follow the traditional pattern of

     stage revues and include such specialty numbers as spinning, barrel

     jumping, spiralling, and other individual roller skating stunts.      There

    will be free-style skating together with costume and obstacle racing.

    As a finale, the entire cast of 80 performers in costume will present

    a ballet culminating in Y for Victory.

               The New York City Building at Flushing Meadow Park can be

    reached by the Flushing branch of the IRT or BMT subways, to the 111th

    Street station; there i s a short walk to the building.     I t can also be

    reached by taking the Independent Subway to Grand Avenue Station and

    then take the Flushing-Ridgewood Trolley to Horace Harding Boulevard

    and Grand Central Parkway, or take the Flushing-Ridgewood Trolley to

    Horace Harding Boulevard and Grand Central Parkway.




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                     I have been asked by several people to comment on the proposed

   change in the Zoning Resolution, Section 21-C, which was Calendar No. 45 at

  the Planning Commission meeting of January 27th. At ray request, the hearing

  on this matter was continued until February 10th because I was convinced that

  the public didn't realize the importance of this proposed change.

                 The following is the proposed resolution*      Portions proposed to be

  dropped are in brackets ( ) , and new material is underlined:

                                ARTICL3 V.--GBORAL AND ABUNISTRATIVB

          | 21-C. SITE PLAKS FOR L H R G E (HESUHNTIAL) DEVELOPMENTS.

  Upon presentation to the Board of Standards and Appeals of a site plan showing

  the location of (dwellings) buildings and open spaces on an area not less than

  75,000 square feet in extent, the Board, after public notice and hearing and

  after a favorable report from the City Planning Commission, may grant a

  variance from the use, height and area provisions of this resolution; pro-

  vided that the ratio of the floor area of the building or buildings to the

  area of the lot does not exceed that permitted by this resolution; and

  further provided that the Board is satisfied that the provision of light and

  air is in all respects adequate to the special circumstances of the particu-

  lar case and at least equivalent to the requirements of this resolution; and

  further provided that the minimum distance between any two buildings is not

  less than 6 inches per foot of height and in no case less than 20 feet.

             The section as it exists today permits the owner of a piece of

  property containing 75,000 square feet or more to present to the Board of

  Standards and Appeals site plans showing the locations of dwellings. After

  a public hearing by the Board of Standards and Appeals and after a favorable

  report from the City Planning Commission, the Board of Standards and Ax3peals

  can., grant exceptions from the established Use, Area and Height zoning. The

  reason this section was enacted originally was to permit the developers of a
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  large tract, such as the Parkchester development in the Bronx, to include
  stores required to serve the community as a part of the plan, and to eliminate

  the necessity for following the usual procedure of changing the zoning maps.

  In these cases, the non-conforming use would be a minor part of the whole de-

  velopment and the major part of the use would be residential.

                 In the new proposal, by substituting the word "buildings* for

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                     If such a resolution is passed by the Planning Commission and ap-

           proved by the Board of Estimate, it will be possible for the owner of a parcel

           as small as a half block in the middle of a residential community to go to the

           Board of Standards and Appeals and the Planning Commission and, after a public

           hearing before that Board, obtain approval of the construction of a factory,

           rendering plant, slaughter house, or any other objectionable use. This could

           be done in spite of the fact that the area was zoned for residential use.

                     Such power should not be given to the Board of Standards and Appeals

           nor to the Planning Commission. The responsibility for such major changes

           must continue to rest in the Board of Estimate, with the elected officials

           of the city. One of the duties of the Board of Standards and Appeals is to

           grant necessary exceptions from the zoning ordinance, not to make major, broad

           changes in the. established son.es throughout the city.

                     The proponents of this amendment argue that this will pjraiit. more

           rigid control of projected developments. The danger lies in the fact that it

           will also permit a serious breakdown in what is nov; a fairly rigid resolution.

           It is conceivable that there will be times in the future, as there have been

           in the past, when there will be corrupt officials who would love to take ad-

           vantage of the opportunity offered by this proposed change.

                    Home owners who have established residences in areas restricted to

           residential use look to the elected officials of the city, sitting as the

           Board of Estimate, to protect them from undesirable encroachments. If a

           major change is proposed, especially in the Use district, it should continue

           to go through the established procedure for zone changes, that is, the

           Planning Commission and then to the Board of Estimate. In this way, it is

           given a complete   airing and the property owner is given an adequate oppor-

           tunity to protect his interests. This resolution eliminates the Board of

           Estimate altogether and should be defeated.

                     I urge that those interested appear before the Planning Commission

           on February 10th at 2:30 P.M. in City Hall to voice their opposition.



                                                    ROBERT M0S3S

                                                Commissioner of Parks.

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                     In order to forestall anticipated difficulties in securing young

        men eligible to assume positions as lifeguards at the New York City pools

        and beaches for the coming summer, the Park Department has instituted a

        Municipal Lifeguard Training Course.

                   This course, scheduled to begin on February 19, 1943, will con-

        sist of ten weeks of intensive training leading to qualification for employ-

        ment as lifeguards at the New York City pools and beaches. Classes will be

        held at the indoor pools of the Park Department.

                   In addition to qualifying young men as lifeguards, the course

        should be of great value as pre-induction training.

                   Applications are now being accepted from male citizens who will

        have reached their seventeenth birthday by July 1, 1943, or persons 18 or

        over who, for reasons of selective service deferment, can accept summer

        positions.

                   The instructors are employees of the Park Department who have had

        many years of lifeguard work at both beaches and pools. The course of study

        will consist of the Standard American Red Cross Senior Lifeguard Course plus

        resuscitation and inhalator operation, beach and pool control, use and care

        of lifesaving equipment, and surf technique.

                  The Park Department will circularize metropolitan colleges, high

        schools, private schools, the YMCA, YMEIA, and swimming clubs in order to

        enroll as many as possible for the course*

                   All candidates will receive a thorough medical examination before

        they are permitted to participate in the course. Only those physically

        qualified will be accepted.

                   The department has received assurances of cooperation from the

        American Red Cross, the Civil Service Commission, and the Board of Educa-

        tion.   Applications can be secured from any of these agencies or directly

        from the Department of Parks, Arsenal Bvd 1<3ing, <"tantral Park, f-ith Street

        and 5th Avenue, Hew York City.



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DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
ARSENAL, CMTRAL PARK                                  FOR RELEASE    ; Saturdayj,  ^
TEL. R3GSMT 4-1000                                                  January 23j 1943
                             Q>



                 The Department of Parks announces that a City-wide ice

      carnival will.be held on Sunday, January 24, at 2:00 P.M. at the

      59 Street Lake, Central Park.

                 Eliminations have been held in each of the five boroughs.

      The first four winners of each of the following ice-skating events

      will be eligible to compete in the finals on Sunday.

                                                      Boyj3         _GirLs
      Juvenile                  9 - 1 1 years        75 yds.     75 yds.

      Junior                    12 - 14 years       220 yds.    100 yds.

      Intermediate              15 - 17 years        440 yds.   220 yds.

      Senior         Unlimited over 17 years        220 yds.    440 yds.
                                                   & 1 mile


                 In addition there will be a special feature event for

      figure skaters.

                 Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place

      winners in .each event.




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ARSEKAL, CENTRAL PARK           -^                  fill                            RELEASE    Thursday t |
TEL. EEGENT 4-1000              J>i«^ve>^#         Hi.ol^^                                 January 2T, 1943




                     The Department of Parks announces a s e r i e s of 14 boxing

     bouts t o be held a t t h e East 54 Street Gymnasium, Manhattan, on

     Thursday, January 2 1 , at 8:00 P.LI,

                    A l l the boxers, who w i l l take p a r t in these b o u t s , have

     t r a i n e d a t Park Department boxing c e n t e r s , under t h e s u p e r v i s i o n

      of Park p e r s o n n e l .

                    There w i l l be r e p r e s e n t a t i v e s from t h e 85 pound c l a s s

     through t h e middleweight d i v i s i o n .        Competitors range in age from

     15 t o 17-g- y e a r s .

                     Judges for t h e s e e x h i b i t i o n s a r e : Fred Delaney of t h e

     Flushing Y.M.C.A, and Harold Glasco, Michael 0'Connell, Jack

     Kalmbach. and James 0'Donne11 of the Department of Parks .

                     P r i z e s w i l l be -awarded t o t h e winner of each b o u t .

                     The Park Department extends a c o r d i a l i n v i t a t i o n t o t h e

     public for t h i s occasion.           Admission i s f r e e .




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DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                             For Release 
TEL. REGENT 4-1000                                           January 18, 1943


           The Department of Parks announces that Paerdegat Park, a new park
and playground, slightly over three and a half acres in extent occupying the
entire block bounded by Albany Avenue, Foster Avenue, East 40 Street and
Farragut Road, Brooklyn, is open to the public. It provides active and
passive recreation for all age groups. It was purchased from the New York
Water Service Corporation in 1941 for recreational use and placed under the
jurisdiction of the Department of Parks. The entire playground is enclosed
with chain link fence with five entrances conveniently located.

           An existing grove of 18" to 20" caliper Oak trees has been
preserved in a fence enclosed grass plot at the north end of the
park. Centrally located is a brick comfort station and wading pool with a
variety of fence protected play apparatus units. Bordering these facilities
is an adjacent court games area which includes three sliuffleboard and two
handball courts.

           The south end of the park contains two bituminous surfaced
softball diamonds with hooded backstops. The existing concrete boundary walks
have been widened and bordered with a double row of Pin Oaks in concrete
block paved panels. Several varieties of shrubs have been grouped for
screening purposes around the grass surfaced Oak grove.

           The construction of the playground was done by the Work Projects
Administration from plans prepared by the Department of Parks.  In 1934 there
were 119 playgrounds in the park system, 66 of which have been reconstructed.
There are now with this addition 487 playgrounds in the park system.

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DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                  IDE RELEASE Thursday,
TEL. REGENT 4 - 1 0 0 0       210-101                              January 14, 1943
                              210-102




                    The Department of Parks announces the gift to the City

       of a new recreation area in St. Albans, Queens.

                    The Federal Government recently acquired the old St.

       Albans Golf Course for a naval hospital and has given to the City

       approximately 3-7/10 acres of land at the intersection of Baisley

       Boulevard and Merrick Road for a new park and playground.          I t has

       also deeded 1-1/2 acres of land needed for a 15-foot widening of

       Baisley Boulevard along the hospital frontage and for the opening

       to i t s full width of 115th Avenue from 175th Street to 179th Street,

                    The Board of Estimate and the City Planning Commission

       agreed to remove from the City map a number of proposed streets

       through the property in order to f a c i l i t a t e the development of

       the hospital as one large unit.      The widening of the bounding

       streets i s necessary in order to compensate for the removal of

       these streets and to provide for a normal increase in through

       traffic as the outlying sections of Queens become more densely

       populated.

                    The playground will be developed largely for active

       recreation and will contain play apparatus for both pre-school and

       school age children, as well as court games for adults and two

       softball fields.

                    The improvement of this playground will be carried out

       as part of the New York City post-war program.

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ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                             For Release 
TEL. REGENT 4-1000                                           January 11, 1943


           The Department of Parks announces the opening of a new playground
in Queens adjacent to Public School #6B located in the area bounded by Seneca
Avenue, St. Felix Avenue, 60th Place and the Manhattan Division of the Long
Island Railroad, This irregular shaped plot was assembled by the condemnation
of two parcels north of the school building on each side of 60th Street which
has been closed and transferred to the Department of Parks. These three
properties totaling 3 acres together with the existing one half acre
playground west of the school permitted the development of an adequate
neighborhood playground.  It will be operated during school hours by the
Board of Education and at all other times by the Department of Parks.

           The new playground consisting of three fence enclosed, subdivided
sections contains a softball diamond with hooded chain link backstop,
combination volleyball and basketball courts with removable standards, paddle
tennis courts with removable nets and posts, shuffleboard courts, concrete
surfaced handball courts, irrigated sand pit and sitting area, pipe frame
exercise unit, seesaws, slides, swings, brick comfort station and a concrete
wading pool.

           The entire development as well as the separate units is bordered
with chain link fence and a five foot wide panel of blocks containing benches
and trees.  The projectt also includes drainage, irrigation, drinking
fountains, park lighting, fencing and a new concrete sidewalk along the north
side of St. Felix Avenue.

           The construction of the playground was done by the Work Projects
Administration from plans prepared by the Department of Parks. In 1934 there
were 119 playgrounds in the five boroughs, 66 of which have been
reconstructed.  There are now with this new addition 486 playgrounds in the
park system.

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  DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
  ARSEKAL, CENTRAL PARK                         F V ^    KS---'--         Januarv 10, 1943
  TEL. REGMT 4-1000                             ""




                     Tlie Department of Parks Children's Marionette and

         Magic Shows continue to interest thousands of New York City's

         children. The Christmas program of this troupe was well attended

         and so successful that numerous requests for repeat performances

         have been received.    Consideration was given to these in the new

         schedule.

                     Twenty-eight additional performances of "Hansel and

         G-retel" and "Jack and the Beanstalk" will be given at various

         public centers and parks t??.rougliout the City beginning Monday,

         January 11, at 3:30 P.M. and running through Thursday, February 11,

         in accordance with the attached schedule.




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                                         CITY OF NEJ YOI-QC
                                        D£PARTi.JKT Cv PAJKS


                                            S AND MAGIC 3H0JS
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          Monday,        January 11      3:30 P.M.       East Side House, o40 East 76th St.
          Tuesday, '     January 12      3:30 P.M.        Chelsea Health Center, 303 Ninth Ave.

             Wednesday, January 13       2:30 P.M.       N.Y.Foundling Hospital, 175 E. 68th 3t·

             Thursday,   January 14      3:30 P.M.       Madison Square Boys Club, 301 E. 29th

          Friday,        January 15      3:30 P.M.       Harlem Children's Center, 28 VJ. 134th

             Saturday,   January 16     11:00 A.M.        Carmine Street Gym, Carmine St. & 7th

                                         2:30 P.M.


    BRONX:

         Monday,         January 18 · 3:30 P.M. -         Children's Society (SPCC) 1130 Grand
                                                          Concourse.
         Tuesday,        January 19 · 10:00 A.M. -        P. S. #65, Cypress Ave. & 141st St..
          VJednesday, January , 20 · 10:00 A.M. -        P. S. ,/38, St. Ann's Ave. andxteie
                                                         Street, 154th Street,
          Thursday,      January 21 -. 3:30 P.k.       - Mt. Eden Center, 1660 Morris Ave,
         Friday,         January 22 · 3:30 P.M. -         Bronx House, 1637 Washington Ave,
          Saturday,      January 23 · 11:00 A.M. -       James J, Lyons Playground, Aldus St a ,
                                                         Bryant and Whitlock Aves,
                                       · 2:30 P.M.

    QUEENS:

         Monday,         January 25      3:30 P.M.       Convalescent Home for Hebrew Children
                                                         110-66 Ocean Promenade U-tockaway Park)
         Tuesday,        January 26      3:30 P.M.       Queens General Hospital - Children's
                                                         Jard, 161st St. & 82nd Drive, Jamaica.
             .·Wednesday, January 27     3:30 P.M.       Ottilie Orphan Home of New York,
                                                         144-25 - 87th Ave., Jamaica.
         Thursday,       January 28      3:30 P.M.       South Jamaica iiousi-ng, 108th Ave.,
                                                         159th Street, South Jamaica.
         Friday,         January 29      3:30 P.M.       Child Service League, 136-60 - 38th
                                                         Avenue, Flushing.
             Saturday,   January 30     11:00 A.M.       Queensbridge Housing, 10-06 - 41st Ave
                                                         Long Island City.
                                         2:30 P.M.


    BROOKLYN:

         Monday,         February 1      3:30 P.M.       Convent of Mercy Orphans, 273
                                                         ./illougiaby Avenue,
          Tuesday,       February 2      3:30 P.M.       St. John's home for Boys, 992 St.
                                                         Marks Avenue
             ·fedneaday, February 3
m        Thursday,       February 4
                                         3:30 P.M.

                                         3:30 P..vl.
                                                         Angel Guardian Home, 12th. Ave. & 64tl
                                                         Hebrew Educational Society,
                                                         564 Hopkinson Avenue,
         Friday,         February 5      3:30 P.M.       Boys Club, Navy Yard District,
                                                         176 Nassau Street.
          Saturday,      February 6     11:00 A.M.       JPlatbush Boys Club, 2245 Bedford Ave.
                                         2:30 P.M.       Hudson Ave. Boys Club, 377 Hudson Ave<


         Tuesday,        February 9 - 3:30 P.M.          ialker Park, Bard & Davis Aves.
                                                         Livingston.            s
         Wednesday, February 10 - 3:30 P.I...            Jewish Community Center, i75 Victory
                                                         Boulevard. Tompkinsville,
         Thursday,       February 11 - 3:30 P.M.         Goodhue Community Center, 298 Prospect
                                                         Ave., New Brighton

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                                July - December 1943

68.   7/1     Three gorillas arrive from Africa
69.   7/3     Second of Naumburg concert series held
70.   7/6     Puppet and marionette schedule
71.   7/6     Barber Shop Quartet ninth Ballad Contest scheduled
72.   7/9     Men's tennis singles borough championship scheduled
73.   7/10-   Golf tournament planned
74.   7/14    Swimming meet trials
75.   7/16    Golf and tennis matches
76.   7/17    Mr. Moses's comments as O.P.A. lifts restrictions on vacation
                 trave1
77.   7/18    Six more name bands added to concert and dance program
78.   7/19    Second concert of Music in Wartime series
79.   7/21    Fallow deer born in Prosect Park
80.   7/25    Third concert of Music in wartime series
81.   7/30    City-wide finals in Municipal Tennis Championships
82.   7/30    Third concert in Naumburg Memorial series performed
83.   8/3     National Orchestral Association performs fourth concert
84.   8/4     Additional surf casting areas designated
85.   8/4     Rebuttal to city council's claim that Harlem riot was caused
                 by inadequate parks
86.   8/7     City-wide finals in golf championships
87.   8/10    Final concerts sponsored by League of Composers scheduled
88.   8/11    Bight additional orchestras added to summer concert and dance
                  program
89.   8/14    Buffalo and Asiatic deer born in Prospect Park
90.   8/14    Semifinals of tennis tournament
91.   8/16    Finals of swimming tournament date set
92.   8/17    Baby llama born in Central Park
93.   8/18    New playground completed at 234th St., and .Bailey Ave., Bronx
94.   8/18    Advice on eliminating caterpillars
95.   8/20    Twenty eighth Annual Dance Festival scheduled
96.   8/20    City-wide finals in horseshoe pitching
97.   8/22    Seven additional orchestras scheduled in summer concert and
                  dance program
98    8/24    City-wide military and novice events in the Park Association;
                  of New York City Fourth Annual Sports Tournament
99.   8/26    Jacks contest for girls
100.  8/27    Checkers contest
101.  8/29    Harvest dance contest for novices
102.  9/2     Robert Moses's reply to A.P. report of survey for Kaiser's
                  post war public works for the City of Portland Oregon..
103.  9/5     Fourth and final Naumburg Memorial concert held
104.  9/5         Dance schedule by Gon Edison orchestra
105.  9/19    Finals of second Harvest Dance Contest scheduled
106.  9/22    Fall crops from children's gardens harvested
107.  9/23    Columbia University band concert
108.  9/26    New playground at 225th St. and White Plains Ed., Bronx
                 (maps attached)
109.  10/2    Ice and roller rinks to open in Queens
110.  10/8    Enrollment in New York Foundation Fall Sports Tournament
111.  10/10   Magic and music program scheduled
112.  10/15   Three lion cubs born in Brooklyn
113.  10/19   Tavern on the Green newly renovated, reopens
114.  10/22   Borough finals in New York *Fall Sports Foundation Tournament
115.  10/22   Mrs Albert Lasker donates two million chrysanthemums in
                memory of her mother, Sara Woodard
115a. 10/22   Two hols-in-one mode on Bronx Golf Course
116.  10/30   Tennis courts close for the season
117.  10/30   City-wide handball finals in N.Y.F. Fall Sports Tournament
118.  11/5    City-wide volley ball finals in N.Y.F. Fall Sports Tournament.
119.  11//5   Indoor chrysanthemum show in Brooklyn
120.  11/13   Borough finals in N.Y.F. Fall Sports Tournament in roller
                hockey to be held
121.  11/18   New playground planned in Harlem
122.  11/27   Municipal golf courses close for the season
123.  12/3    Boxing program scheduled
124.  12/3    City finals in N.Y.F. Fall Sports Tournament of roller hockey
125.  12/8    Harlem Meer reopens
126.  12/12   Christmas program features puppet and marionette shows
127.  12/13   Press release regarding American City magazine article
128.  12/17   Christmas tree lighting schedule
128a. 12/18   City-wide finals in N.Y.F. Fall Sports Tournament of Touch
                  Football
129.  12/20   N.Y. Community Trust sponsors Winter Sports Tournament
130.  12/20   New playground in Queens
131.  12/27   Awards presented in N.Y.F. Fall Sports Tournament

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DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                             For Release 
TEL. REGENT 4-1000                                          December 27, 1943


         The Department of Parks announces that presentation of awards
to the winners of the New York Foundation Fall Sports Tournament will
take place at the New York City Center of Music and Drama, 130 West 56
Street, Manhattan, on Tuesday, December 28, at 2;30 P.M.

         The awards will consist of $lO.OO in War Stamps to all the
city-wide winners, and $5.00 to the runners-up, A short program of musical
selections, magic acts and gymnastic stunts will be presented by the
children of the park playgrounds.

         This Fall Sports Tournament made possible by the New York Foundation through the good offices of the Park Association of New York City,
Inc., embraces volleyball, handball, roller hockey, touch football and
roller skating carnivals. Contests began September 21 and terminated on
December 19. 9,986 boys and girls, 12-18 years of age took part in these
activities before a total spectator audience of 51,550.

         The invited guests include Mrs. Arthur Hays Sulzberger, President
of the Park Association of New York City, Inc., and David Heymen, President
of the New York Foundation.

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DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                             For Release 
TEL. REGENT 4-1000                                          December 20, 1943


               The Department of Parks announces the opening of a new
playground at Brinckerhoff Avenue and Union Hall Street, Queens.

               This is one of nine park projects left unfinished by the
W.P.A. which has been completed by contract.

               The new playground is adiacent to Public School #40. It is one
of many neighborhood playgrounds which will be built under a program of joint
operation agreed upon by the Board of Education and the Department of Parks.

               The new development will be operated jointly by these
departments for school and neighborhood play.  The playground has an area of
3.2 acres and contains the following facilities: eight concrete surface
handball courts, wading pool, sand pit and sitting area, seesaws, slides and
swings for pre-school and older children, a pipe frame exercise unit, two
large open free-play areas, three practice basketball standards, one
basketball court with removable standards, two softball diamonds with hooded
chain link backstops, three paddle tennis courts and three shuffle board
courts.

               Gate controlled entrances are readily accessible from the
school building and the boundary walks.

              A brick comfort station substantially completed cannot be
finished at this time because the material needed is considered critical by
the W.P.B.

               In 1934 there were 119 playgrounds in the five boroughs, 67 of
which have been reconstructed.  There will be, with this new addition, 489
playgrounds in the park system.

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ARS3NAI,, CENTRAL EAEK                             FOR R3L3AS3       Mondayt.
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              The Department of Parks announces that the New York Community

   Trust will sponsor a Winter Sports Championship, to take place "between

   January 1, 1944 and March 31, 1944. The activities will include basket-

   ball, outdoor ice skating, track athletics, boxing, table tennis,

   instrumental music, indoor roller skating and handcraft. Boys and girls

   up to 18 years will be permitted to compete for the prizes donated by the

   New York Community Trust, These prizes vail consist of a ^25,00 War Bond

   to each city-wide winner and £10*00 in War Stamps to the runner-up*

   Prizes consisting of War Savings Stamps will be awarded to the winners of

   district and borough competitions. It is estimated that the entry will

   total 50,000, of whom 2,776 contestants will receive an award. Entry

   blanks are available in all Park Department offices and will be forwarded

   to schools, neighborhood civic organizations and interested persons*

             The Board of I3ducation is cooperating by making school indoor

   facilities available for the basketball and musical instrument contests,

   which cannot be held outdoors.

             This championship is fart of an all year program of sports con-

   ducted under the auspices of the Department of Parks, last spring a similar

   tournament also sponsored by the New York Community Trust was held outdoors

   in all parks and playgrounds. There were 45,765 entries and 40 contestants

   received War Bonds. The New York Community Trust has donated ^15,000 for

   conducting this Winter Sports Championship, and it is expected that there

   will be a larger entry and a greater interest on the part of the competitors

   and spectators. Posters will appear in all subway cars publicizing Winter

  Sports Championship.

             This active recreational program will help to counteract juvenile

   delinquency and vandalism.

             Attached is an entry blank of the Winter Sports Championship*



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                                    ENTRY BLANK
CITY              O FN E W Y O R K                            D E P A R T M E N T                   O F PARKS

          NEW YORK COMMUNITY TRUST
          WINTER SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP
BOYS                     A N D GIRLS                                 UP T O 18                                YEARS
     Activity                            Date of Finals                 Activity                           Date of Finals
Basketball               ·          March 31st
                                    East 54th St. Gym.
                                                                     Table Tennis                     February 19th
                                                                                                      Mullaly Plgd., Bx.
Outdoor Ice Skating                 January 16th                     Instrumental Music               February 11 th
                                    Prospect Park                                                     Washington Irving H. S.
Track Meet               ·          Date and Location to
                                    be announced
                                                                     Handcraft Exhibition    ·        March 6 - 11th
                                                                                                      Museum of the City of
Boxing                              March 24th                                                        N. Y.
                         a          Lost Battalion Hall              Indoor Roller Skating   ·        March 3rd
                                                                                                      City Building
                                        Please enter me in the events checked above.


NAME                                                             AGE                    DATE OF BIRTH

ADDRESS                                                                            BOROUGH..

PLAYGROUND OR ORGANIZATION TEAM REPRESENTS                                                                .


                                        INFORMATION FOR COMPETITORS
1. Check off event and give your entry blank to any Park Department Playground Personnel or forward your entry to
   the Supervisor of Recreation at
             Manhattan --Arsenal Building, 64th Street & Fifth Avenue. New York City 21, N. Y.
             Brooklyn   -- Litchfield Mansion, Prospect Park West & Fifth Street, Brooklyn 15, N. Y.
             Queens     --The Overlook, Forest Park, Kew Gardens, Queens 15, N. Y.
             Bronx      --Administration Building, Bronx Park East & Birchall Avenue, Bronx 60, N. Y.
             Richmond --Clove Lake Field House, Clove Lake Road & Victory Blvd., S. I., N. Y.
2.    Any person who has won a Park Department Championship for two consecutive years in the same class is not eligible to
      compete.
3. Names, addresses, age and date of birth of members of tea ms should be forwarded to the Playground Director or Super-
   visor.
4.    There is no entry fee for any of th© events.
5. The date of closing of entries will determine the eligibility as to the age of the contestant.
6. All contestants must compete in their particular age classification in all sports.
7. Prizes donated by the New York Community Trust will consist of a $25 War Bond to the city-wide winner and $10 in War
   Savings Stamps to the runner-up. There will be additional prizes consisting of War Savings Stamps for the winners of district
   and borough competitions.
8. No contestant may win more than two (2) bonds.

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BASKETBALL
                                                i                   ·
                                           RUW5 GOVERNING THE VARIOUSWORTS
                      Closing Date of Entry--January 22nd
    I. A G E GROUPS:             Jr. Boys (12, 13, 14 Yrs.)      ·                          Sr. Boys (15, 16, 17 Yrs.)         ·                  Girls (14, 15. 16, 17 Yrs.    ·
    2. A . A . U . basketball rules will govern. All boys games to be played in 8 minute quarters. Girls will play rules published by the National Section
       on Women's Athletics of the American Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
    3. There will be 8 prizes for the winning teams and not more than 10 names may be included on the roster.


OUTDOOR ICE SKATING                   Closing Date of Entry--January 9th
     I.     EVENTS:
           a) Park Playground     Events                                                                                BOYS                                      GIRLS
                     Juvenile (9, 10, I I Yrs)                                                              · 75 Yds.                                    ·    60 Yds.
                     Junior (12, 13, 14 Yrs.)                                                               · 100 Yds.                                   ·    75 Yds.
                     Intermediate (15, 16, 17 Yrs.)                                                             100 Yds. & 440 Yds                       ·   100 Yds. & 220 Yds.
           b) Middle Atlantic Skating       Association Events
                                                                                                            a
                  Midget Boys              (Under 12 Yrs.)                                                      220    Yds.                              D
                  Juvenile Boys             Under 14 Yrs.)                                                      440    Yds.                              ·
                  Junior Boys               Under 16 Yrs.)                                                      440    Yds.                              a     & 880 Yds.      a
                  Intermediate Boys         Under 18 Yrs.)                                                      880    Yds.                              a     & I Mile        a
                  Ladies Intermediate       Under 18 Yrs.)                                                      660    Yds.                              a
TRACK MEET
     I.     EVENTS
            a) Park Playground Events                                                               BOYS                                                       GIRLS
                    100 Ib. Class                                                         D     50 Yd. Dash                                             ·     40 Yd. Dash
                    120 Ib. Class                                                         ·     60 Yd. Dash                                             ·     50 Yd. Dash
                    120 Ib. Class                                                         ·     l/4 Mile Relay                                          ·    220 Yd. Relay
                   Unlimited                                                              ·     880 Yd. Run &
                   Unlimited                                                              ·     1/2 Mile Relay
            b) Amateur Athletic Union Events                                              ·     60 Yd. Dash Handicap
                                                                                          ·     880 Yd. Run Handicap
           c) I Mile N.Y.C. High School Relay                                               ·   (One team from each school)
           d) I Mile N.Y.C. Private & Catholic High School Relay                            ·   (One team from each school)
    2. A Point Trophy will be awarded to the Borough scoring the greatest number of points in the Park playground events. Boroughs will be limited
       to 4 relay teams and 12 contestants in each event.

BOXING         Closing Date of Entry March 4th
    Jr. Boys (14, 15 Yrs.)                                       100   Ib.   Class                               ·      105 Ib. Class                           ·   112 Ib. Class
                                                                 118   Ib.   Class                               ·      126 Ib. Class
    Sr. Boys (16, 17 Yrs.)                                       118   Ib.   Class                               ·      126 Ib. Class                           ·   135 1b. Class
                                                                 140   Ib.   Class


TABLE TENNIS            Closing Date of Entry--January 29
    Singles Tournament for boys and girls in the following age groups:
                                      Jr. Boys (Up to 16 birthday)                    ·                         Sr. Boys (16 to 18 birthday)        Q
                                      Jr. Girls (Up to 16 birthday)                   ·                         Sr. Girls (16 to 18 birthday)        ·


HANDCRAFT EXHIBITION                   Closing Date of Entry--March 1st
     1. MATERIAL: All articles must be made of scrap material. (Discarded wood, cardboard, milk containers, paper, boxes, etc.)
    2. A G E DIVISIONS: Jrs. (8-11 Yrs.) ·               Intermediate (12-14 Yrs.) ·        Sr. (15-17 Yrs.)    ·
    3.  H A N D C R A F T : a) For the Home         b) Toys and Games         c) Generally Useful.
    4. Articles must be clearly tagged or marked indicating name, age, and address of the child, what the article is and the material used to make
       it. All articles may be submitted to the playground director at your neighborhood playground.
    5. J U D G I N G : In judging the exhibit, the factors to be considered will be: Usefulness, Originality, Workmanship.
    6. Prizes consisting of W a r Savings Stamps will be awarded in each age division.


INSTRUMENTAL            MUSIC       Closing Date of Entry--February                   1st
    1. A G E DIVISIONS                        ·           Jrs. (9, 10, I I Yrs.)                ·       Intermediate    (12, 13, 14 Yrs.)
                                              ·           Srs. (15, 16, 17 Yrs.)
    2. INSTRUMENT CLASSIFICATIONS             ·           Piano & Xylophone                     n       String Instruments D       Wind and all others (drums, accordion etc.)
    3. Instruction sheets will be forwarded to all         contestants.


ROLLER SKATING COMPETITION                        Closing Date of Entry--February 1st
                                                                                                                                                   Date of Eliminations
                                                                                                                                                      (City Building)
          Division                                Age                                       Boys                Girls
    MIDGETS                                I I Yrs. & Under)                         150 Yds.       ·        75 Yds.   ·                    Wednesday, February 23--5        P.M.
    JUNIORS                                12, 13 Yrs.)                              330 Yds.       G       150 Yds. t=f                    Wednesday,      March 1--5       P.M,
    INTERMEDIATES                          14, 15 Yrs.)                              300 Yds.       Q       225 Yds.   ·                    Saturday,     February 5--9      P.M.
    INTERMEDIATES                          14, 15 Yrs.)                         Q    Dance Skating for couples                              Saturday,     February 19--9     P.M.
                                                                                     (Jr. & Midgets permitted to
                                                                                     enter this event)
    SENIORS                                16, 17 Yrs.)                              600 Yds. D        300 Yds. ·                           Saturday,        February 12--9 P.M.
    SENIORS                                16, 17 Yrs.)                         ·    Dance Skating for couples                              Saturday,        February 26--9 P.M.

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                      PARES *"
                           P.APJC                                  FOR RELEASE S a t u r d a y
TF.L. R E ; . e n t   4-1000                                               December 18, 1943




                                 The Department of Parks announces that the city-wade

                  finals of the Eevt York Foundation Fall Sports Tournament in

                 touch football will take place on Sunday, December 19, 2 P.M.

                 at !·'acombs Dam Park, Jerome Avenue and 161 Street, The "ronx.

                                 The boys of Lincoln Terrace Playground,         represent-

                 ing Brooklyn, will vie with the team froi- Crotona Park,                 represent-

                 ing The Hronx, for the city crown.             These tearrs have eliminated

                 the contenders representing the remaining thre?- boroughs in

                 keenly contested gaL.es.          12,350 enthusiastic spectators have

                 attended these various gaues.

                                 The members of the winning -teai... w i l l receive §>10,00

                 in War Staaps while the runners-up will be a.wardea $5.00 in

                  stamps.        Borough ana d i s t r i c t prizes have already bsen dis-

                 tributed.         These arizes were made possible by the         generosity

                  of the ilew York Foundation throu-.-h the good offices of the

                 Park Association of -Jew York City, Inc.

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                                                                 December


                  The Park Department announces that ceremonies in connection

      wit:, twenty-one Christmas trees, which have been erected and decorated

      in parks throughout tne five borou,>.s, will take place on*I*xicfey, JJecem-

      ber /L©, at 5 P.U. A special program will be held at tiia principal trees

      in eac. borough, vj-hic, will be at City ...all Park, Manhattan; Borough ilall

      Park, Brooklyn; Joyce Kilmer Park, The Bronx; Q,ueensborou:ih Hall, Kew

      Gardens, Queens, and Borough hall, Hiclimond,

                  MA City Hall Park, tne ceremonies will be broadcast over Station

       .NYC. Alayor LaGuardia will deliver his annual Christinas message and

      ·^n-iptir-ailni- Mn^-i^rlririr'n j ;
                                         · i__xiin mtwMjjirt---<Wrl l t^row the suites light-

      ing the tree at 5:25 P.I.I., officially starting New York'City's observance

      of the Christmas season, iiewbold i.:orris, President of the Council and

      Borough x^resident Edgar J. Kathan, Jr. will also paxticipate in t.he ex-

      ercises.    Selections will be played by t^e Department of Sanitation Band

      and Christmas Carols will be san& by t.;e Police Department's Glee Club,

      and the 3oys Choir of Saint Cecilia's Church. Borough presidents G^shaiore,

      Burke, Lyons, and Pal-^a will li^-.t t,.e trees in their respective boroughs

       /here exercises will be conducted under the direction of t.ie Boroui^h. Park

      Directors vuo have arranged appropriate pro 0 raas.

                 A special decorative scheme depicting tiie 'Lree iise ken pro-

      ceeding to t^e Star in the East, centered in a holly wreath ten feet in

      diameter, will be erected over the main entrance of the Park Department

      headquarters at the Arsenal, Central Park. The trees will be lighted

      each evening from whatever ..lour in the afternoon it is dark enough to make

      them effective until lQaftrM.^ Christmas trees have been erected at the
      following locations;

                                                                                                7*8.

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   ;i<
     City Ida 11 Park, Broadway and Murray Street
    Tavern'on tLe Green, Central Park and 67 Street.
    Thomas Jefferson Park, First Avenue and llltli Street
    rfbosevelt Park, Block 7, Fors^'th and Canal Streets
    Mount i.Iorris Park, center line of ?ifti'i Avenue, top of iiill
    Fort Tryon Park,- Byckman Street and Broad/ay
    Caxl Scxiurz Park, 8JtL Street and East End Avenue
    Bellevue .-.iospital, East .iiver Drive and 26 Street


BHOOiCLYN:

   *3orough riall, Fulton and Joralemon Streets
    Grand Aruy Plaza, Prospect Park, Flatbuslx Avenue and Jnion Street
    Leiv ^iriksson Park, 67tL Street between jfourtii and Fiftii Avenues
    KcCarren Park, Driggs Avenue and Lorimer Street




   *Joyce Kilmer Park, 161st Street and Grand Concourse
    St. Gary's Park, St. ^^Jin's Avenue and East 144t... Street
    St. James Park, (Center of oval lann), East 191Street and Jerome avenue




   *3orou;^ii Hall, Q,ueens Boulevard and Union Turnpike
    King Park, Jamaica avenue and I J I street
    Flushing Park, , O i t e m -·o.ilJV_..G. un., i.-am Street
    j-ii^liland Park, Jamaica Avenue and ilton Street
    Forest Park, Park Lane Soutu and 103t.... Street




   *Borougii -all, Bay Street and _,orou ,1. Place


^Principal Cereuiony

    As in former years there will also "be a C^irist.oas tree in Flushing

 kieado'.r Park, Q,ueens, located inside tlie City Building oetvjeen t
                                                                     .>.
                                                                       ie ice

 and roller skating rinks.

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D3PA3M2OT OF BABES
ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                             FOR RSL3AS3      Monday.,;
TSL. RMJZMT 4-1000                                              December 13, 1943




     TO TH3 EDITOR;

               Attached for release on Monday, December 13, 1943, is a

      story and illustrations on "Parks, Parkways, Express Arteries,

      and Related Plans for New York City After the War»M

               This story carried in the December issue of The American-

      City magazine will not appear on the newsstands until Monday,

     December 13.




     Attach. - (Story
               (Glossy Prints ^ j



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DEPARTMENT Of PARKS
ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK;                                               FOE RELEASE         3unday
TEL, B&WT 4-lOOO                                            \                      Deceuiber 12, 1943




                  The Department of Parks announces t h a t the Christmas program of

    playground c h i l d r e n ' s a c t i v i t i e s w i l l f e a t u r e 25 puppet and marionette shows,

    depicting t h e famous fa^ry t a l e s of <SIansel and G r e t e l " and "Red Riding Hood".

                  This s e r i e s ,p£ shows w i l l be given at c e n t r a l l y located playgrounds

    in the five boroughs, with the f i r s t performance taking place at McDonald

   playground, Forest Ayenxie, near Broadway, West New Brighton, S» I * , on Monday,

   December 13th a t 3s30 P.M»                The remaining p l a y s w i l l be presented a t t h e

    time and location according t o the attached schedule*

                  These performances w i l l be given by the puppeteers, composed of

   Park Department p erso n n el, who e n t e r t a i n e d 40,000 children on t h e i r l a s t

    tour.

                  In a d d i t i o n , beginning Monday, December 13th and continuing through

   Thursday, December 30th, according t o the attached schedule, 26 magic shows

    l a s t i n g ono hour and including a v a r i e t y of magical t r i c k s and hand puppetry

   w i l l be given at other designated playgrounds in the five boroughs * by P e t e r

   Pan the Magic Man, who i s in charge of c h i l d r e n ' s magic c l u b s .

                  Christmas t r e e s w i l l be provided for the various playgrounds where

   t h e r e a r e r e c r e a t i o n f i e l d houses*   Many of the t r e e decorations have been

   made by the ohildren and the Playground D i r e c t o r s in charge have planned

   Christmas p a r t i e s for the youngsters, including games, songs and refreshments.

   The p a r t i e s w i l l be held a t v a r i o u s times beginning December 22nd and

    continuing through December 3 1 s t .


   ATTACH.

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                                      "Red Hiding Hood" and "Hansel and Gretel"



Monday,             Dec.   13 - McDonald flayground, Forest Ave., near                                                                                                       3:30 P.M.
                                Broadway, "Jest New B^i^rtOHj: S.I.

Tuesday,            Dec.   14 - De Matti Playground,Tompfcins Ave., near                                                                                                     3:30 P.M.
                                St. Mary's,,Ave*i Rosebank, S.I.


B.iClL,

«ieanesday,         Dec. 15 - iilliamsbrid&e Playground, East 208t;. St,                                                                                                    11:00 «.M.
                              and Bainbrid&e Avenae.
        "            "      '·   --         ·i              ,s n                              .;        ·        ,!                  .(        it                            3:30 P.M.

Thursday,           Dec. ID - Ht. Helena's jciiool, 2050 Benedict ...venue                                                                                                  10:30 A.M.
                                                            i»                n                         »r        n                            «                             l;30 P.k.

Friday,             Dec 17 - St. J;..mes Play ground, Jerome 4ve. & 192nd St,                                                                                               11:00 A.M.
   it                 .1   il    _     ft              .1                If          i                                It             ' .       .!                .           3:30 P.ivi.




Saturday,           Dec. 18 - Brooklyn Cliilaren's Museua, Brooklyn Avenue                                                                                                   1:00 P,M.
                              and Park Place
                                                                                                                                                                             3:00 P..-,..

Monday,             Dec. 20 - Convent of Mercy Orphans ^iocie, 273 i/illougiiby Ave.                                                                                         3:00 P.M.

Tuesday,            Dec. 21 - S t , Francis Xavier Scliool, President Street                                                                                                11:00 A.M.
                              near 6tii Avenue.
  <t          ft           IT           st            it            n                              ,r                  £i                               tt                   2:00 P.M.




·fednesda/,         Dec. 22 - Gulick Playground, Sheriff, Broome & Delancey 8 t s .                                                                                          3:30 P.M.

Tliursdaj',         Dec. 23 - Columbus Playground, Baxter and jortL Streets                                                                                                  3:30 P.M.

lionday,            Dec. 27 - Annunciation Play^'d, 134t;.. S t . Sc Amsterdani Ave.                                                                                        11:00 A.M.
  ,i                 .;    ..    _               .r                           ,-i                           ;t   it            ,,·                 .t                u       2:30 P.M.


Taesday,            Dec. 28 - M e Cray Playground, 138'tii S t . , between 5tii and                                                                                         lliOO A.M.
                              i.enox Avenues.,                                                                                                                               2:30 P.M.




Wednesday,          Dec. 29 - Jackaon ^ex^its Pla^round, 84t*. Street and                                                                                                   11:00
              ·*·             30ti.t Avenue, Jackson j.ei->.ts.
                                                                                                                                                                             3:00 r.M

Thursday,           Dec. 30 - /on l^oixlen Playground, 138ta Street and . a r c e r                                                                                  , 11 j00 A.M.
                              Place, Jamaica
       "             ·*    ··    ^          ·'                     "·                    ··                 ··             ·                   n                 «           3 ; 0 0 P.K.


Friday,             Dec. 31 - 0'Oonnell Playground, 113tu Avenue and 196txi S t . ,                                                                                         11:00 ^..M.
                              St. xilbana
  "                  ·'    "           >              ·'            -t              >.                  «             <»                   »                 ·       ·'      3 : 0 0 xJ.M.

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                                              CITY OF NS.v YORK
                                              SPAHT^LT 0/ PARKS




\
    Konday,       Dec. 13 - Corona Playgrouad, 102nd St., Corona Ave.                         11:00 A.M.
                            & 102nd St., Corona.
                   "   " - Jackson lei^Sats Playground, S4tJ. Street                            3:30 P.M.
                            & 30th Avenue, Jackson weights.

    Tuesday,      Dec, 14 - Grover Cleveland Playground, Grandview Ave.                       11:00 A.M.
                            & Staniiope Street, Ridgewood.
                       n                                                                        3:30 P.Ivl.
                          - Jackson Pond Playground, 108th Street &
                            Myrtle Avenue, Richmond hill.

    .Wednesday, Dec. 15 - Raymond O'Connor Playground, 32nd Avenue &            11:00 A.M.
                          210th .St., Bayside.
                      j
        ·'       ·
                 ' <    - Flusain , ;-sr,iorial Play.vd, 150th 3t & Bayside Ave. .3:30 P.M,


    Thursday,     Dec. 16 - Sauer Playground, 12t.\; St., near Avenue ''Ir'.                    3:30 P.iu.

    Friday,       Dec* 17 - Parkchester - Red Cross                                             2:00 P.M.
      i
      T
                   " "  ' - xieckscker Playground, 62nd St. &, Central ifark                    3:30 P.M.
    Saturday,     Dec. 18 - J. ..iood Jrig^t Playground, 175ta St. L j-ort                     11:00 A.M.
                            -/asliiiigjton Avenue.
                  Dec. 18 - Thomas Jefferson Pool, 114t. . 3t & First Ave.                        3:00 P.M.



    ixonday,      Dec. 20 - -/illiarusbridge Pla./^'d,                     St. k,              11:00 A.M.

                                    rsiieu'i Play^'.., O l i n v i l l e Ave. Soutii of         3:30 P.M.
                              xiritton Street .
    Tuesday,      Dec. S i - Lyons Square Playg'd, Eastern Blvd. & Aldus S t .                   11:00 fi.M.
      "            "   ·* - i t . Mary's ...ast F l a y j ' d , T r i n i t y ^ve. & 3 . 146th St 3:30 £ .M.
    iednesday,    Dec. 22 - S t . James P l a y e d , Jerome Ave. a 3ast lS2nd S t .           11:00 A . U .
        «   '      :»' · _ Lullaly Playg'd, ilast 16jt:; S t . &    , Jerome Ave.               3:30 P.M.




    Thursday,     Dec. 23 - . i l l livoxm ..-.eraorial                      ^ Ave. &         ' 3 : 3 0 jr.lvi.

    . -onday,     Dec.   27   ·xiverdale & oneidiker Aves. Playground                          11:00 i*.ivl.
      n            it    (i   Jetsy i^ead i-'layo'a, -opkinson &                                3:00 P.M.

    Tuesday,      vSC. 2S                 Children's ..use-am, J'klyn Ave. Sc Park Place 1:00
          it                                  «          ..      ..
                                                                  -    .' · · · ' · ·
                                                                                    '. 3:Op




    Wednesday,    -ee. 29 - Levy P i a y . J d , Jewett & Gaatleton Aves. P t . -iiob.          11:00 A.K.
      ·'      .    '·  " - iicJonald Pla/fe'd, f o r e s t Ave. near Broed.<ay,                  2:00 P. Mi
                            Jest i-avi 3ri.>;toa.
    Tiiarsday,    Dec, 30 - De ^ t t i Playground, Touipkins Ave. near S t . ..ary'a            11:00 A.M.
                            .Ave:.ue, .cosebank.
          ;t
                   ·' n - iyons Pool, Victory Boulevard k, iiirray iiulbert                      2:00 P.M.
                                  , loiapkiasville.

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                       PhotograpMo Prints with Harlem Meer Release
Photographic Number

    22902             Plan(Reoonstructed Park Area)

    22785             Harlem Meer



    22786             Block-House. War of 1812

    4183              Block House, Central Park, 1943

    4178              MoGowan's Pass, Central Park

    22914             Approach fo l&ke from the southwest, Harlem Meer, Central Park

    22897             Promenade & wall around lake, Harlem Meer, Central Park

    22913             Approaohes to Main Park Entrance at Fifth Avenue & 110 Street,
                                Harlem Meer, Central Park

    22909             Apppoaoh to Playground, Harlem Meer, Central Park

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DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                             For Release 
TEL. REGENT 4-1000                                           December 8, 1943


          The Department of Parks announces that it has reopened to the
public the northeastern section of Central Park, known as Harlem Meer,
extending from Conservatory Gardens at 105th Street to 110th Street and from
Fifth Avenue to th East Drive.

          This area is the third and the largest of the park projects left
unfinished by the WPA, nine of which are now being completed by contract to
protect work already done.

          The general features of the old Harlem Meer area have been
retained.  All of the improvements were designed to permit increased use of
the area and at the same time eliminate maintenance problems by improving
access, providing an adequate walk system and a promenade completely around
the fourteen-acre lake.  This change from a natural lake and informal path
system to a formal treatment was necessitated by the tremendous increase in
the use of the area and the change in the adjacent neighborhoods. The old
lay-out would not accommodate the number of people who were using the area,
and provided dangerous, dark areas which, although they were not designed for
public use, were actually being traversed by many pedestrians.

          The new development retains with slight modification the original
shape of the lake.  A four-foot concrete wall and the abutting fifteen-foot
promenade form the new shore line completely encircling the lake. Frequent
connections have been made to a secondary path system which parallels the
shore promenade and connects with the main park entrances from Fifth Avenue,
110th Street, Conservatory Gardens and the general park path system.

          The existing entrances at the intersection of 110th Street and
Fifth Avenue and also opposite East 106th Street connect with the marginal
path system and lake promenade.  Convenient approaches to the two existing
marginal playgrounds north and east of the lake have been provided.

          At the end of the war the 360-foot boat landing platform will be
completed, and the combination brick boathouse, comfort station, and
refreshment concession will be constructed on the north shore of the Meer
near the Fifth Avenue entrance. This work was omitted from the present
contract because the material needed is considered critical by the W.P.B.

          There is no park in the city which can compare with Central Park in
the wealth of its historical associations or in the number of objects of
historic interest included within its borders. Situated as it is at almost
the geographical center of Manhattan Island, practically every road leading
to the north from lower Manhattan passed through some part of it and has left
its trace. This section of the park is particularly interesting.

          The first great longitudinal thoroughfare, the Albany Post Road, came
up from New Amsterdam considerably east of the park, somewhere near Third
Avenue to a point near 82nd Street where it bent northwest and ran to Fifth
Avenue at about 90th Street; thence along Fifth Avenue to about 92nd Street
where it entered what is now Central Park and followed the line of the East
Drive to what was known as McGowan's Pass Tavern at about 105th Street.
There, it bent northeast to about 108th Street, where it forked, with one
branch coming out at 110th Street and Lenox Avenue and the other at about
Fifth Avenue and 109th Street.

          In 1688 Governor Nicholls confirming the privileges of New Harlem
defined the dividing line between that village and New Amsterdam (or New
York) as running across the park from the northwest corner at 8th Avenue and
110th Street to Fifth Avenue at 96th Street. This line was later changed so
that it ran approximately parallel to 110th Street and about 300 feet south
of it to about 150 feet west of the park wall, midway between 94th Street and
95th Street thence diagonally southeast leaving the park at 87th Street,

          The first building to be erected within the present park confines
was the Half-way House or Jansan's Tavern which occupied a location in the
northeastern corner near 108th Street. This building was finished in 1684 and
flourished for many years.

          The next building of note was Dyckman's Stone Tavern which was
erected about 1748 by Jacon Dyckman on approximately the same site as that of
the McGowan's Pass Tavern.  It was an institution of capacity and dignity at
which the Colonial Assembly held its session in 1752.

           In 1780 the widow McGowan purchased the tavern and ten acres of
ground from Dyckman and with her son Andrew continued in the tavern business
keeping the property in the family until 1845 when the heirs of Andrew
McGowan sold it to Thos. E. Odell.

          Odell retained the property only sixteen months when it passed on
April 1, 1847 into the hands of Sister Elizabeth Doyle, first Mother Superior
of the New York branch of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.  On
May 2, 1847, the spot was consecrated.  A north wing was added and in 1848
the south wing was built.  In 1850 a large building devoted to scholastic
pursuits was erected, a chaplain's house was built and in 1855 a chapel and
large dining rooms completed the group of academic buildings.

          After the taking of the buildings by the park in 1856 the Sisters
acquired property outside the City and in 1858 turned the Academy over to the
park authorities.  They returned, however, and cared for the wounded of the
Civil War, whom the Government had housed in the old convent and academy,
until the close of the war in 1865.

          After acquiring the academy buildings the Commissioners of the Park
while still using some of the buildings as offices on October 19, 1866,
authorized the Comptroller to lease the Mt. St. Vincent buildings, or such
part thereof as might be necessary, to Alex. McC. Stetson for a refreshment
house, the commissioners receiving the right to regulate the kind of
refreshments.

           On December 13, 1866 the Comptroller was also authorized to put
the brick building, formerly used for a convent chapel, in such condition
that it could be used as a statuary gallery and museum.  The buildings were
thus occupied by the Park Department, the park police (popularly designated
sparrow cops) the statuary hall and the refreshment hall until March. 13,
1872 when Stetson relinquished his lease.

           The tavern was then let to Radford and Ryan who held it until
January 2, 1881 when a fire destroyed the building.  There was much protest
against its being rebuilt and at first the Commissioners had the ruins
cleared away, the walls leveled and the ground planted but in 1883, in
response to popular demand a new tavern was built on the old site and there
remained until 1917, when it was damaged by fire and later demolished.

           On April 16, 1884, the name Mt. St. Vincent was officially
abolished and on January 3, 1891 the name McGowan's Pass reestablished.

           The northern end of the park played an important part in the
military movements of the Revolutionary War.  The pass was a constant road
for the passage of troops in 1776 and the route by which the American troops
retreated September 15th.  The British occupied and fortified the heights
along the northern end of the park till 1783.

           There was no more military activity in the park until August 18,
1814, when a fort as part of the city's precaution against British invasion,
was begun at McGowan's pass designated "Fort Clinton" for the Mayor DeWitt
Clinton and pushed to immediate completion.  It formed part of a system of
defenses which included Fort Fish situated about 600 feet west of Fort
Clinton, Nutter's Battery, north of Fort Clinton and northeast of Fort Fish
and "Blockhouse No. 1", which stands to the west on the crest of the hill
near the intersection of 109th Street and 7th Avenue.  This last is still
standing.

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         C2NTRAL PARK                                                   FOR H3IIJA8E       Friday,
TEL. BSG2MT 4-1000                                                                       December 3 , 1943




              The Department of Parks announces t h a t t h e c i t y f i n a l s of t h e New

 York Foundation Fall S p o r t s Tournament i n roller hockey w i l l t a k e p l a c e Sunday,

 December 5 , 2:00 F.LI, a t C a r l Schurz P a r k , S a s t 88 Street and ISast End Avenue,

 Manhattan, and t h e "borough, f i n a l s i n touch f o o t b a l l on S a t u r d a y , December 4 ,

  according to the following schedule:

 BROOKLYN; Red Hook Recreational Area, Henry & Lorraine Streets                               2;00 P.M.

  ffilEMS;     'Victory Field, Myrtle Avenue & Woodhaven Boulevard                            2500 P.M.

 HR0K2U       Claremont Park, Webster Avenue & Claremont Parkway                              2:00 P.M.

 RICHMQNB: Clove lakes, Victory Boulevard & Clove Road                                        2:00 P.M.

              The roller hockey championship will be decided by the boys of

  Jackson Heights Plajrground representing Queens versus the team from Carl Schurz

 Playground representing Manhattan.              These contenders are the surviving teams

  from a series of 96 games, starting with the playground eliminations through

  d i s t r i c t , borough and semi-finals*

              The winners w i l l receive &10.00 in War Stamps, while the runners-flip will

 be awarded y5.Q0 in War Stamps.             Valuable prizes w i l l be given the borough

 winners.     These prizes were made possible by the generosity of the New York

  Foundation through the good offices of the Park Association of How York City, Inc,




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AR33KAL, CI&TRAL PASS                                        FOR K2L3A3S      Friday,
TSL. Rasara 4-1000                                                         December ·£, 19*43




             The Department of Parks announces that boxing, as a part of the general

 recreational physical fitness program is being conducted at seven park center's

throughout the city»         Instructions in the manly art are given by trained park

personnel to a l l boys from 12 years and over, who register at one of these centers,

A boy must at a l l times keep himself in good physical condition in order to be a

good boxer.      This in turn will encourage him to indulge in other sports and recrea-

tional activities in order to attain that bodily strength and ability of coordina-

tion necessary for boxing and so common in many sports*

             This will be the third year for the Park Department boxing program.           The

past year's program was very successful, with an exhibition conducted last winter

in which 225 boys took part, the finals being staged at Lost Battalion Hall, QueensB

This was followed by a competition in the Spring Sports Tournament in which 527

boys entered, the finals being held in an outdoor ring at MeCarren Park, Brooklyn.

These events attracted an enthusiastic audience of 5000 people.             All indications

are for an increased interest in this form of recreation.

             All boys are invited to attend any of the following centers:


    Thomas Jefferson Play Center                Tues, Co Thursday             7130-9:30 P.M.
    3ast 111 St. & First Avenue

    Highbridge Play Center                      Tues. & Thursday              7:30-9 5 30 P.M.
    173 Street & Amsterdam Avenue
    West 134 Street Gymnasium.                  Hon., Tues.., Wed., )         4:00-6:00 P.M.
                                                                              7:00-9:30 P.M.
                                                  Thursday          )         4:00-6100 P.M.
                                                Saturday
    East 54 Street Gymnasium                    Monday, Wednesday   )         4:00-5:30 P.M.
                                                 Friday             )         6:00-7:30 P.M.

BROOKLYN;
   MeCarren Play Center                         Monday, Wednesday   )         7:30-9J30 P.M.
   Driggs Avenue & Lorimer Street                 Friday            )


    Jackson Heights Playground                  lionday Wednesday   )         7 1 30-9i30 P.M.
    25-30 Avenues, 84th~85th Streets               Friday

 BRONX t
    S t . M a r y ' s P a r k '.Jest            Monday, Thursday               7:30-9:30 P.M.
           146 S t . & S t . A n n ' s Avenue     Friday


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    ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                 ffOH R3LSAS      Saturday1
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n
                          The Department of Parks announces the closing of ten

             municipal golf courses and the pitch putt course at Jacob Riis

             Park, at the close of play on Sunday, November 28»

                          During the past season, more than 372,000 rounds were

             played over the ten courses, and approximately 11,-350 rounds were

             played on the pitch and putt course* The courses were open to

             the members of the armed forces free of charge and some 10,930

             soldiers, sailors, marines, and members of the women's armed

             forces took advantage of these facilities.

                          The Park Department also announces that through the

             winter months, it will not be necessary to have permits to play

             tennis on the hard surface courts operated by the department,

             but players must furnish their own tennis nets.




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                        Department of Parks announces t h a t t h e Board of Estimate a t i t s meet-

     ing on November 18, 1943 w i l l consider t h e a c q u i s i t i o n of t h e two blocks bounded by

    t h e Armory and West 143rd Street , Lenox Avenue, West 145th Street , and t h e Harlem

    River, f o r a p u b l i c playground,         following t h e p o l i c y of t h e Board of Estimate and

    t h e Planning Conmission, t h e plan f o r t h e Harlem River Drive included r e c r e a t i o n

    a r e a s , promenades, e t c . , along i t s b o r d e r s .   This i s t h e l a r g e s t of t h e play a r e a s

    so planned i n connection with t h i s p r o j e c t .          This p r o p e r t y w i l l provide a new,

    v i t a l l y needed r e c r e a t i o n space t o serve a congested s e c t i o n of Harlem.          The p r o j e c t

    has h e r e t o f o r e been approved by t h e Mayor, t h e Comptroller and t h e Borough P r e s i d e n t

    of Manhattan.

            *J,y(Originally planned in 1937Vehfis*playground-was scheduled f o r c o n s t r u c t i o n

    i n t h e l a t e f a l l of 1941, but was delayed because of t h e s c a r c i t y of l a b o r and

    materials which resulted in difficulty in securing approval for construction from

    the Ti'JPB. The plan hao be«n modified and the amount of materials requiring priorities

    greatly reduced.            Substantially, a l l of the f a c i l i t i e s originally contemplated will

    be provided in spite of these modifications.

                 At present the property i s occupied mostly by one-»story garages together

    with a few five and six-story tenements.                   Demolition and clearance of the site

    will start immnriintrl7|-nlftinr itoft-^TfflFiTTi li.iTrr'IT^1 HIM "111 j y

                  Whon 4«afta3^»®d, the area will contain 9 basketball ceSurts, 9 volleyball

    courts, 18 handball courts, 8 horseshoe pitching courts and 4 softball diamonds with

    concrete bleachers for spectators, a comfort station and a large play area which can

    be flooded for ice skating when sub-freezing temperatures permit.                             There w i l l also

    be two completely equipped playgrounds, one for small children of pre-school age and

    the other for older children located on the lenox Avenue side of the area.

                 The various units will be separated from each other by fencing so as to

    provide proper control of the operation.

                 The entire development will be surrounded by planting areas with trees*

^     __.      --Tlie playgrounds are scheduled for immediate construction and w i l l be com-j-

             aa&~4,B--»se before the end of the summer if a prompt decision i s made on the;
                          o f
    ^eMing matters               acquisition.
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ARSENAL, CaWRAL PARE                  £\ m                  ^212^33        Saturday,
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               The Department of Parks announces that the borough finals

     of the New York Foundation Fall Sports Tournament in roller hockey-

     w i l l take place on Saturday, November 13, and Sunday, November 14,

     according to the following schedule:

            QUEENS:      Nov. 13 - Victory Field , Woodhaven B l v d . ,    2 P.M.
                                    and M y r t l e Avenue

            MANHATTAN!   Nov. 14 - C a r l Schurz P a r k , E a s t 88 S t .           2 P.M.
                                   and 2 a s t End Avenue

            BROOKLYN*    Nov. 14 ~ Red Hook R e c r e a t i o n A r e a ,              2 P.M.
                                   Bay and Court Street s

            BSONXs       Nov. 14 - M u l l a l y Playground , Jerome A v e , , 11 A.M.
                                   and 165 Street


               During the past four weeks 90 teams have been keenly competing

     bofore a spectator audience totaling 3,000 people in the various park

     playgrounds throughout the city.

               The winning team from each borough will be awarded valuable

     borough prizes and be eligible to compete for the city-wide prizes of

     #10,00 in War Stamps,    These prizes were made possible by the generosity

     of the New York Foundation through the good offices of the Park

     Association of New York City, Inc.



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            The Park Department announces that the Annual Fall Indoor Chrysanthemum

  Show in the Prospect Park Greenhouse, Brooklyn, will opoa on Sunday, November 7,

  at 10 A.M,

            The Greenhouse is located at Prospect Park lest and Ninth Street,

 Brooklyn, and may he reached by way of the I.R.T. Subway, Grand Army Plaza

 Station; the Independent Subway, 7th Avenue Station and by the Vanderbilt and

 Smith Street car lines, Ninth Street stop; or by automobile direct to the

 Greenhouse by way of the East Drive in Prospect Park.

            The Exhibit will be open every day from-10 A.M, to 4 P.M. for three

 weeks and the Park Department extends a cordial invitation to view the display.

            More than four thousand pots of chrysanthemums will be on exhibition*

 The ground bed is laid out in groups of various formations with the popular

 large bloom varieties in all shades of pink, yelloij, red and bronze. Some of

 the attractive plants are the Pocketts, Turners, John S, Bush, Rise of Day and

 the Melba. Surrounding this feature of the display, banked on the sides of the

 Greenhouse are numerous smaller size chrysanthemums in 75 varieties, such as

 the Pompons, the Anemone and the Single Daisy type*

            In the class of varieties in all stiades of bronze, red, yellow and

 white, some of the outstanding chrysanthemums to be exhibited are the Crimson

 Red, Purple Queen, Red Rover, Orchid Beauty, Cleopatra and New York.

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           P r e s s photographers may t a k e p i c t u r e s on Friday, November 5 , between
 1 and 4 P.M. t and Saturday, November 6, between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M.

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ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                               FOR ^"STf.HlA,.1     Friday,
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               The Department of Parks announces that the city-wide finals of the

  New York Foundation Fall Sports Tournament in volleyball w i l l take place on

  Saturday* November 6, at 2 P«M« at Roosevelt Playground, Chrystie and Forsyth

  Streets, Manhattan, and the borough finals in the roller skating events accord-

  ing to    the following schedule:

        MANHATTAN* 105th Street and Riverside Drive                                             2 PiM*

        BROOKLYN^      Red Hook Recreational Areaj Kenry & lorraine Stsi                        2 PiM,

        QpHERrS;       Victory Field , % r t l e Ave. & Woodhaven Boulevard           2 P.M.

        BRONX:      · Claremont Park Playground , E . 170 S t . & Clay Ave.            2 P.M..

        RICEMQED;      Jlahoney Playground , Beechwood & Crescent Avenues ..    2 P.M,

               There are two divisions in volleyball, one for boys up to 16 years,

  and another for girls in the same age group.                 In the boys group, the children

  from Spofford AvojuaBPlayground representing the Bronx will vie with the boys

  of Heckscher Playground representing Brooklyn, while the championship in the

   g i r l s division will be decided by the g i r l s of Colonial Playground, Manhattan,

  versus McCarren of Brooklyn.          A t o t a l of 12,000 spectators have witnessed 224

  games throughout the course of the tournament*

               The roller skating events scheduled for boys and g i r l s , in the two

  age groups, 10-12 and 12-18 include the 30, 40, 60, 80, 100 and 220 yard run.

               City-wide f i n a l i s t s will be awarded $10#Q0 in War Stamps and the

  runners-up §5.00 in liax Stamps.           Borough and d i s t r i c t winners will also receive

  valuable prizes.      These prizes were made possible by the generosity of the New

  York Foundation through the good offices of the Park Association of Now York

  City, Inc.


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                       The Department of Parks announces t h a t t h e city-wide

         f i n a l s of the New York Foundation Fall Sports Tournament i n hand-

        b a l l w i l l t a k e p l a c e a t North Meadow, 97tli Street and Transverse

        Road, Central P a r k , on Sunday, October 3 1 s t , a t 11 A»M, for j u n i o r

        boys, 1 P«M» for s e n i o r boys and 3 P.M. for s e n i o r                     girls*

                       Championships w i l l be decided i n t h r e e d i v i s i o n s ; one

         f o r g i r l s between 16-18 y e a r s and for b o y s , 12-16 y e a r s and

         16-18 y e a r s i

                       These c o n t e s t a n t s a r e t h e winners in each of t h e f i v e

        boroughs i n i n t e r - p l a y g r o u n d , d i s t r i c t and borough e l i m i n a t i o n s .

        For t h e p a s t four weeks 2500 boys and g i r l s have taken p a r t in

        t h e s e competitions*

                       The winners in each d i v i s i o n w i l l r e c e i v e f10»00 in

        War Stamps , while t h e runners-up w i l l b e awarded $5.00 in War Stamps.

        "Valuable p r i z e s have already been received by the d i s t r i c t and

        borough w i n n e r s .    These p r i z e s were made p o s s i b l e by t h e g e n e r o s i t y

        of t h e New York Foundation through t h e good o f f i c e s of t h e Park

        A s s o c i a t i o n of Hew York C i t y , I n c .




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                          The Department of Parks announces the

              closing of the clay and hard surface tennis courts

              on Sunday night, October 31, 1943.

                          After October 31 players who bring their

              own equipment, including netsr will be permitted       to

              use the hard courts free of charge. During the 1943

              season, 184,053 players took advantage of the 538

              courts located in park areas throughout the five

              boroughs.




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ARSENAL, CMTRAL PARK                                                      FOR RSLmSE        Friday.
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TEL* R3GENT 4-1000                                                                       October .22, 1943




    TO TEE SPORTS EDITORS*

                  The Department of Parks announces t h a t two h o l e s - i n - o n e

    were made on t h e 150 yard e l e v e n t h h o l e a t Van Cortlandt Golf Course,

    The Bronx, on c o n s e c u t i v e d a y s .

                  On Tuesday, October 19, Joseph Buck of 3452 C o r l e a r Avenue,

    The Bronx, made a h o l e - i n - o n e { h i s t h i r d ) w i t h a #6 i r o n .

                  On Wednesday, October 20, C h a r l e s Boyce of 160 P a l i s a d e

    Avenue, Yonkers, made h i s f i r s t h o l e - i n - o n e u s i n g a § 5 i r o n .




                 Telephoned t o A s s o c i a t e d P r e s s & Bronx Home News 2:15 P.M.;
                 Sent t o Spofts W r i t e r s , Columnists & Golf E d i t o r s  10/22/43

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                B u r s t i n g i n t o bloom when other flowers w i l l soon be k i l l e d by f r o s t two

m i l l i o n Chrysanthemum blossoms of a new w i n t e r hardy v a r i e t y a r e now blooming i n

New York C i t y ' s f i r s t annual outdoor Chrysanthemum d i s p l a y , t h e Department of Parks

announced t o d a y .        These flowers a r e now on view i n t h r e e park a r e a s i n New York

C i t y : Bryant Park; t h e P l a z a a t F i f t h Avenue and 59th Street ; t h e Central Park

Conservatory Gardens a t F i f t h Avenue and 106th Street , and w i l l be p l a n t e d during

t h e coming week i n R i v e r s i d e Park a t R i v e r s i d e Drive and 106th Street ; and Cadman

P l a z a i n Brooklyn.

                These permanent p l a n t i n g s a r e t h e g i f t of Mrs. Albert D. Lasker, of New

York C i t y , t o t h e Department of Parks i n memory of h e r Mother, and a r e known a s t h e

Sara J . Woodard Memorial Chrysanthemum P l a n t i n g s .                  Mrs. Woodarft, . ?mo died i n New

York C i t y , on January 8 , 1940, was one of t h e founders of two p u b l i c parks i n

Watertown, Wisconsin, and a member of t h e Park A s s o c i a t i o n of New York C i t y , and

t h e Outdoor C l e a n l i n e s s A s s o c i a t i o n .

                Rockefeller Center, i n cooperation with t h e Park Department's p r o j e c t

f o r a l a t e Autumn outdoor flower d i s p l a y i n t h e C i t y , h a s purchased f i f t e e n hundred

p l a n t s of t h e same v a r i e t y , and on Saturday, October 2 3 , t h e s e w i l l be massed i n

c o l o r f u l d i s p l a y i n t h e p l a n t i n g a r e a s in Rockefeller Center from F i f t h Avenue t o

Rockefeller Plaza.

                All of these plants are seedlings and cuttings from the Chicago strain of

hardy Chrysanthemums developed by Dr. 3 . J . Kraus, Chairman of the Botany Department

of the University of Chicago.                     Since 1935, Dr. Kraus has been working on the develop-

ment of an early-blooming, winter-hardy Chrysanthemum whose flowers would withstand

severe frost, and whose plant would withstand extreme sub-zero temperatures without

any covering.           After six years of experiment and research, twelve named varieties

·were introduced to the public in the Fall of 1941 as the Chicago strain of hardy

Chrysanthemums.            The current exhibition in New York City will be the f i r s t                 large-

scale public exhibition of these plants to be seen anywhere in the East,                               They

differ from other Chrysanthemums now on the market, chiefly in the wide range of

colors from white through many shades of yellow, orange,                            clear rose pink and deep

maroon.       The flowers Tary from single to fully double, and the plants include a l l

sizes from dwarf to more than three feet high and three feet in spread.                               I t is one

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of the few flowers that will bear up under heavy frost and the only plant having a

wide range of color that is suitable in this section of the country for mass planting.

These Chrysanthemums are easily grown, even under adverse conditions, and it is

hoped that other communities, inspired by Eew York City's dramatic display, will

make similar plantings in their own public parks and gardens*

           Dr. Kraus, stimulated by the desire to create a flower that could be used

by the amateur gardener to extend the blooming period of a garden by as much as six

weeks, began his experiments in the simplest possible manner· Ee used a common,

hardy magenta flowered and a white flowered variety of Chrysanthemum*   He also used

a very early flowering strain received from the Municipal Park in Fort Wayne,

Indiana, and a variety selected by Mr, F. L. Mulford, of the Bureau of Plant Indus-

try in Washington, D. C., for its hardiness and early blooming character. Only

flowers in a limited range of color and form resulted from these first crosses. To

introduce additional color, particularly brilliant red, the Mars variety was ob-

tained from Mr, Alex Cumuiings in 1936 and some additional double strains were used.

Each year thereafter thousands of seedlings from these crosses were grown and fifty

to one hundred outstanding individual plants were selected for further testing. The

outstanding plants were saved for seed and propagated by means of cuttings. These

cuttings were then sent for further test to the gardens of the U» S, Horticultural

Stations in Belt svi lie, Maryland, and Cheyenne, Wyoming; to the Department of

Agriculture Test Gardens at Beaver Lodge, Alberta, and to the Arnold Arboretum in

Boston, Massachusetts. Elaborate records were kept and yearly reports were made as

to the comparative merit and value of each individual variety.

           In the Fall of 1941, twelve varieties were selected and considered suffi-

ciently reliable to be worthy of public introduction. They were named: Barbara

Snail, Calendula, Flavita, Goldridge, Harbinger, H. J. Costello, Primula, Polar Ice,

Redbank, Robert Brydon, Tussore, William Longland, and are now available to gar- .

deners everywhere through nurserymen and commercial growers. Plants, grown in the

greenhouses of the Department of Parks, from seeds and cuttings of these varieties,

are now massed in myriad hues, making a carpet of bloom in the heart of New York

City.   These plantings are permanent ones and the gardens will flower annually

from the second week of October through the first week of November,



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TEL. REGENT 4-1000                                                      FOR RELEASE    Friday,
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             The Department of Parks announces t h a t t h e borough f i n a l s of t h e New

 York Foundation Fall Sports Tournament i n h a n d b a l l w i l l t a k e p l a c e on Saturday,

 October 2 3 , according t o t h e following schedule:

       MANHATTAN: North Meadow, 100th S t . & West Drive,               J r . Boys     11:00 A.M.
                                Central Park                      Girls           1:00 P.M,
                                                                        Sr. Boys        3:00 P.M.

       BROOKLYN; Red Hook Recreational Area, Henry                     Jr. Boys          2*00 P.M.
                   & Lorraine Streets                                  Girls            2*00 P.M.
                                                                       Sr. Boys         3:00 P.M.

       QJJSENS:      Victory Field, Myrtle Avenue,                     J r . Boys       2:00 P,M.
                       Woodhaven Boulevard                             Girls            2*00 P.M.
                                                                       Sr. Boys         2:00 P.M*

       BRONX:        Macombs Dam P a r k , E a s t 1 6 1 Street   J r . Boys       2 : 0 0 P.M,
                       & Ruppert Place                                 Girls '         11:00 A.M.
                                                                       Sr. Boys         3$00 P.M,

       RICHMOND; Mahoney Playground, Beechwood &                       Jr. Boys         2*00 P.M.
                   Crescent Avenues, New Brighton                      Girls            3:00 P.M.
                                                                       Sr. Boys         5*00 P.M,

             During the past three weeks 2500 boys and girls have been playing in

 playground and inter-playground eliminations before ll r 600 spectators.

             This tournament, consisting of five events, volleyball, handball, roller

 hockey, roller skating and touch football for boys and g i r l s of the city between

 the ages of 10 - 18 is made possible by the New York Foundation, through the good

 offices of the Park Association of New York City.-

             Entries for touch football are s t i l l being accepted at any'park office

 or playground.

             Ten Dollars in War Stamps will be the prize for each of the city-wide

 winners.     Other valuable prizes will be awarded borough and district winners,


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                The Department of Parks announces t h a t t h e newly renovated and

   refurnished Tavern-On-The-Green in Central Park w i l l reopen Tuesday, October 19,

   1943, as a public r e s t a u r a n t .

                This o r n a t e , picturesque b u i l d i n g ,   b u i l t i n 1870 i s located i n

  Central Park at Central Park West, between 66 and 67 Street s .                  It is easily

  reached by subway and bus and w i l l provide the public with a convenient place

  t o dine and dance in b e a u t i f u l surroundings removed from the h u s t l e and b u s t l e

  of t h e City yet a short distance from t h e h e a r t of Times Square.

                The decorative scheme i s in gay colors with mirrored w a l l s and nev?

  furnishings making t h e r e s t a u r a n t cheerful and modern.            The dance floor has

  been enlarged with spacious room for dancing.

                The r e s t a u r a n t vrill be under t h e same management as the famous old

  Claremont Inn on Riverside Drive and the?/ have brought t h e i r e n t i r e s t a f f of

  capable personnel from t h e Inn which o p e r a t e s during the summer months only.

               A t t r a c t i o n s planned for the new Tavern-On-The-G-reen are outdoor

  dancing on t h e t e r r a c e during t h e summer months, a f t e r dinner s p e c i a l s of

  t a s t y snacks and s p e c i a l p r o v i s i o n s for people who enjoy t h e hansoms and

  broughams and wish to r i d e through the park t o t h e r e s t a u r a n t in Gay 9 0 f s s t y l e .

               A complete dinner w i l l be served a t $2.00,, also unusual a l a c a r t e

  items.

               The Tavern-0n-The~Green w i l l be open d a i l y from 5 P.M. and Sundays

  and h o l i d a y s from 1 P.M.

                Joe R i c a r d e l w i l l provide t h e music for dancing.



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                         The Department of Parks announces t h e b i r t h of

            t h r e e l i o n cubs a t t h e Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklyn, on

            October 7»

                         The f a t h e r of t h e t r i p l e t s which weighed l | - l b s .

            each a t b i r t h , i s Leo, and t h e mother, F a r i a n a .

                         The mother and h e r cubs w i l l be on d i s p l a y in

            t h e l i o n house on Sunday, October 17 #




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              The Department of Parks announces a program of Magic and

    Music to be conducted on the Mall, Central Park, Sunday afternoon,

    October 10, at 2:30 P.M.

              The Magic show will be given by Peter Pan. the Magic Man

    and his troupe of Magicians, a group of children from the magic clubs,

    organized at the various park playgrounds throughout the city. This

    performance will be a climax to a series of 134 shows which provided

    entertainment for 50,000 children. A demonstration in hand puppetry

    ·will be given by Larry Klepper, a member of the troupe, who has on

    some occasions demonstrated this talent over W0R.   Another performer who

    will add merriment to the afternoon will be Jo Jo, the Clown, who has

    received his training from Peter Pan.

              The music in the program will be furnished by the Children's

    Orchestra of the Department of Parks. It consists of twenty children

    from the various playgrounds, organized and conducted by a trained

    Park Department leader. Throughout the past season they have given

    several concerts in the big parks of the city.


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                                   MftfilO MD MUSIC PROGRAM

                                   The Mall - Central Park

                                       October 10, 1943
                                         a t 2J30 P.M.


 1»   Opening - CHILDREN'S ORCHESTRA - Star Spangled Banner
                                       Wizard March
                                       My Hero - Vocal Solo, S l o i s e Belloso
                                                     J . Hood Wright Playground
                                       B a l l e t Music
                                       Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer
                                       E l Choclo
                                       God Bless America

 2.   P r i n c e s s Lenore - The Playground Magic Miss.

 3.   C h i l d r e n ' s Magic - P e t e r Pan the Park Magic Man.

 4.   Dark Eyes - Accordion Solo - Prances Marcus, J . Hood Wright Playground.

 5.   Hand Puppetry - Larry Iilepper, Highbridge Playground.

 6 . . Hungarian Dance - Xylophone Solo - Arthur Knight, Dry Harbor Playground.

 7*   Jo Jo t h e Clown - Al Gosh, Roosevelt Playground,

 8.   Magic t o Music - Sonny I r e n s , 28th Street Gymnasium.

 9.   Scherzo - Accordion Solo - Frances Marcus, J . Hood Wright Playground,

10.   Menta-Magic - I s r a e l Krenzel, Tompkins Square Park.

11.   Smart Magic - Sol S t e i n , Mullaly Playground,

12.   Closing - CHILDREN'S ORCHESTRA - Triumphal March
                                       The Army Air Corps - Saxaphone Quartet - Solo
                                       I n t r o d u c t i o n t o Act 3 - Lohengrin
                                       Anchors Aweigh - Vocal Solo, S l o i s e Belloso,
                                                                    J . Hood Wright Playground
                                       Sunday, Monday and Always - Vocal Solo,
                                                                                Richard Macagna
                                       P i s t o l Packing Mama
                                       For Me and My Gal
                                       America




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              The Department of Parks announces that, to date, over 6,610 boys

   and g i r l s , between the ages of 10 and 18, have entered the New York Foundation

   Fall Sports Tournament,

              Eliminations have already started with 1904 games in volley b a l l

   and handball contested in various playgrounds before a t o t a l spectator

   audience of 21,200 people.

              The tournament will run through October, November and December.

   Competitors may enter as many events as they desire.               There is no entry fee.

              Entry blanks are available at a l l neighborhood parks and play-

   grounds.   These should be filled out and forwarded to one of the borough

   offices listed below.

              Entry blanks are s t i l l being accepted for;

                       Roller Hockey              Closing date: October 15

                       Touch Football             Closing date: November 1

              #10.00 in War Stamps is the prize for city-wide winners.               There .

   will also be valuable prizes for borough and district winners.                These prizes

   were made possible by the generosity of the New York Foundation through the

   good offices of the Park Association of New York City, Inc.

              MANHATTAN; Mr. P. J . Cruise
                         Arsenal Building
                         64 Street & Fifth Avenue, #21

              BROOKLYN:      Mr, R. C, Jenkins
                             Litchfield Mansion
                             Prospect Park West & Fifth Street, #15

              QUEENS:        Mr. J . J . Mallen
                             The Overlook
                             Union Turnpike & Park Lane
                             Forest Park, Kew Gardens, #15

              BRONXs         M r , G e o r g e L* Q n i g l e y
                             Bronx Park l a s t & B i r c h a l l Avenue, #10

              RICHMOND:      Mr, A, M, Anderson
                             Clove Lakes Park
                             1150 Clove Road
                             West New Brighton
                             Staten Island 1, N. Y.                                    j-




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TEL. REGENT 4-1000                                                 October 2, 1943



          The Department of Parks announces that on Saturday, October 2, the ice

and roller rinks of the New York City Building, Flushing Meadow Park, Queens, will

open for the 1943-44 season*.

          The roller rink, 150 feet long and 116 feet wide, has been sanded for the

new season and skaters will find the floor in ideal condition. The ice skating

surface, 178 feet long and 116 feet wide, will be maintained in the same excellent

condition as in previous years*

          Special programs for both the ice and roller rinks have been planned and

patrons will find an interesting and diversified program for every evening session

of the week. Music planned and played for skaters will be furnished again this

year by Walter Litt at the console of the electric organ.

          There will be daily skating periods from 2i30 to 5:30 in the afternoon

and from 7:30 to 11 in the evening*   Admission charges remain the same as before,

twenty cents for the afternoon sessions and forty cejits for the evening period* In

addition to these sessions there will be the usual free period for youngsters under

fourteen years of age every Saturday morning from 9:30 to 12 Noon. The admission

price includes the use of roller skates and Federal tax. A charge of fifty cents

is made for the rental of ice skates while shoe rollers can be rented for twenty-

five cents* There is no charge for checking wearing apparel*    On the skating floor

there is a cafeteria where food and refreshments are sold at reasonable prices.

         The City Building can be reached conveniently from any point in the City.

The following transportation lines are available:

       . IRT and BMT lines to 111th Street Station.
         Flushing Ridgewood Trolley to 52 Avenue, walk one block north to park.
         Independent Subway, local train "GGM to Grand Avenue, then Flushing
           Ridgewood Trolley to Horace Harding Boulevard and Grand Central Parkway*
           Walk north to park.
         Automobiles can enter the park and reach the City Building parking fields
           at the following gates: 111th Street and 54 Avenue and Roosevelt Avenue,
           east of Grand Central Parkway.
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ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                             For Release 
TEL. REGENT 4-1000                                          September 1, 1943


           The Department of Parks announces the opening of a new playground
at 225 Street and White Plains Road, the Bronx.

           This area is the second of nine park projects left in various stages
of incompletion by the W.P.A. and being completed by contract to protect work
already done, to be thrown open to the public.

           Substantially completed except for the comfort station this new one
and a quarter acre playground site was acquired in 1941 by the City for school
and recreational purposes. The Board of Education removed the old one and a
half frame school annex adjacent to the playground and added a wing to the
old two story brick building.

           The new playground will be used for both school and neighborhood
recreation. It will be operated by the Board of Education during school hours
and at all other times by the Department of Parks for community usage. A
one-quarter acre parcel of the old school property located north of the new
school wing has been included in the playground development.

           Sixteen one to three story brick and frame structures were removed
by the W.P.A. in preparation for the new work. The L-shaped area is enclosed 
and subdivided into five concrete surfaced rectangular units by chain link
fence. Gate controlled entrances connect the various units and provide access
from the school grounds and adjacent streets.

         A court games area developed on the old school grounds contains a
combination volley ball and basketball court, three paddle tennis courts and
two shuffleboard courts. Adjacent to this area is a wading pool and two
handball courts. Two play areas containing the typical pieces of apparatus
lie between the school house and a combination softball diamond and free
play area.

          In 1934 there were 119 playgrounds in the five boroughs, 67 of
which have been reconstructed. There will be, with this new addition,
488 playgrounds in the park system.

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ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                       FOR RELEASS     Thursday,       ,
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                             The Department of Parks announces a concert

                  to be given by the Columbia University Band, on the

                  Mall, Central Park, Friday, September 24, at 8;30 P.M.

                             The band i s under the leadership of Harwood

                  Simmons, Associate in Music at Columbia University.

                  The program w i l l include marches, popular a i r s , folk

                  songs and other selections from such well known com-

                  posers as Ponchielli, Bizet, Schuman, Handel, Strauss,

                  Zimmerman and R, V, Williams.




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                    The Department of Parks announces t h a t t h e f a l l h a r v e s t s

      a t t h e t e n Park Department C h i l d r e n ' s Gardens i n the f i v e boroughs

      a r e under way*       On Thursday a f t e r n o o n , September 23, a t 3J30 P . M . ,

      t h e Seward Park Gardens w i l l h o l d i t s h a r v e s t *

                    Seward P a r k , a t East Broadway and Canal Street , i s on the

      lower East Side of t h e C i t y , a congested s e c t i o n where one i s n o t

      l i k e l y t o see v e g e t a b l e s growing.        The crops t o be harvested by t h e

      children from their individual 4' x 8' plots are: corn, beans,

       carrots, Swiss chard, beets and kohlrabi.                      Other small plots were

      planted with flowers*

                    The seeds, tools and instruction in gardening are furnished

      by the Department of Parks as part of i t s annual recreation program.

                    Children from the garden club of the Educational Alliance

      will also participate in the harvesting of the                        crops*




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      TSL. REGENT 4-1OOO                                            SEPTEMBER 19, 1943




                 The Department of Parks announces that the finals of the Second .Annual

      Harvest Dance Contest will be held on the Mall, Central Park, Monday evening,

      September 20, at 8:30 P.M.   In the event of rain the contest will be held at the

       same location on the following night.

                 During the past few weeks, preliminary contests were held in each of the

      five boroughs. These dance contests included entries in the Waltz, Fox Trot, Rhumba,

      Jitterbug and Waltz for Old Timers. All divisions attracted a large entry with the

      exception of the division for Old Timers of which each member of the dance team

      must be at least 60 years of age.

                 There was keen spectator interest at all preliminaries and large groups

      came from various neighborhoods to support their local champions. These borough

      champions Trill now compete for the City-xfido Park Department Championship on

      Monday evening, September 20, 1943,

                 A total of 66 couples have been entered for the finals and it is expected

      that a large audience will turn out to witness this terpsichorean contest.

                The judges will include the following outstanding authorities: Oscar

      Duryea, Director of Duryea Dancing Studios; Florence Doughty, Director of the

      Florence Doughty Dance Studios; Arthur Murray, Arthur Murray School of Dancing and

      Donald Sawyer, Director of the Sawyer Dance Studios.

                The Olympic Point Scoring System will be used in judging and the following

      factors will be included in the scoring: Posture and Appearance, Tempo and Rhythm,

      Proper Execution and Variety,

                There will be a contest for the best all round dancing team.   A special

      feature contest will be the Championship of the Service Men's Division in which all

      branches of the service will be represented. The winners of all contests will

      receive War Bonds,

                The Name Band selected to play for the occasion will be Joe Marsala and

      his orchestra. Music will be amplified by «jMYC and will be broadcast from 9:30

      until 10 P.M.   Also present as invited guests and honorary judges will be Mayor

      LaGuardia, Park Commissioner Robert Moses, Major General T. A. Terry, U.S.A., Com-

      manding General, 2nd Service Command, Hon. Alfred 3. Smith, and Colonel Oscar H.

      Fogg, Chairman, Executive Committee, Consolidated Edison System Companies*

                This contest will bring to a close a series of 54 Name Band concerts and

      dances provided through the cooperation of the Consolidated Edison System Companiess

      It was estimated that one half million persons enjoyed these dances during the past

      summer,
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ARS3NAL, CENTRAL PARE                                 FOR ESL3ASS
TEL. BMiMI 4-1OOO                                                   September 5, 1943




                   Tlie Department of Parks announces the following schedule

      of dances by the Consolidated Edison Name Band Orcliestras:


      September     6 - Jack Jenny at Leiv liriksson Playground, 8th Avenue
                                      and 66th Street, Brooklyn

      September     7 - Jerry Wald at Jewell Playground, Jewell Avenue and
                                      Utopia Parkway, Flushing, Queens

      Se-ptember    8 - Jerry Wald at Van Cortlandt Park, 342nd Street and
                                      Broadway, Bronx

      September     9 - Jerry Wald at The Mall, Central Park, Manhattan

      September 10 - Jerry Wald at Prospect Park, Brooklyn


                   During the past month, elimination dance contests have been

     held for eligibility to compote in the final dance contest which will

     be held on the Mall, Central Park, September, 20th at 8:30 P.M.      Valuable

      prizes will be awarded to the winners of the Fox Trot, Waltz, Rhuraba,

     Jitterbug and Waltz for Old Timers.




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AHSMAL, CMTRAL PARK                                         ?OR B3L3AS3
TEL. ESGMT 4-1000                                                           September   5, 1943

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                       The Department of Parks announces the l a s t of

          a s e r i e s of four Naimiburg Memorial concerts w i l l he given

          on the Mall, Central Park, on Labor Day, September 6, a t

          8; 15 P.M.

                       Tliis concert s e r i e s i s contributed by Mr-. Waltei

          Naumburg and Mr. George W. Nauniburg, in memory of t l i e i r

          father Elkan Naumburg, who donated t h e bandstand on the

          Mall.

                       This concert w i l l be given by t h e Naumburg

          o r c h e s t r a , with Eugene plotnikoff a s    conductor, and

          William Home a s t h e tenor s o l o i s t .     The program w i l l

          include various well known s e l e c t i o n s by Gomez, Dvorak,

          Brahms-Dvorak, Rimsky-Korsakoff,          S t r a u s s , Berlin and

          Gershwin.




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             DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
                 ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                                   tO
                         TEL, RESENT 4-1000



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   Apparently the Associated Press has reported that I an
coordinating a survey of postwar public works for the City of
Portland, Oregon, and surrounding territory. The facts are as
follows:

   The Kaiser interests at Portland, Oregon, asked me recently
if I would recommend consulting engineers to make plans for postwar
arterial and related improvements in and around Portland, Oregon.
Mr. Edgar Kaiser told me that they expected serious unemployment
after the war, and that they wanted to have a large public works
program designed and ready for letting of contracts to employ people
released from shipping and other war plants in the demobilization
period. The -Governor O f Oregon, the Mayor of Portland and other
public officials then discussed the matter and it was finally
agreed that I would review and coordinate a study to be made by
competent engineers whom I recommended and by attorneys who -will
look into the possibility of self-liquidating projects.

   The City of Portland, County of Multnomah5 Port of
Portland, Dock Commission of Portland and other agencies are
paying for the survey which has already begun and will be com-
pleted within sixty days.. Those recommended as consultants include
people in private practice and in government service who will be OR,--'"
leave for only a short time.                                   ^^

         They include:

             W= Earle Andrews, Consulting Engineer

             Gilmore D. Clarke, Consulting Engineer and
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             J. J. Darcy, District Engineer, New York State
                     Department of Public Works

             Lewis L. Delafield, Jr., Attorney of the firm of
                     Hawkins, Delafield and Longfellow

             James F. Evans, Director of State Pariis

             John C Evans, Chief Engineer, Port of New York
                    Authority

             Shortridge Hardesty, Consulting Engineer of the
                     firm of Waddell & Hardesty

             A. E . Howland, Chief Engineer, Long Island State
                      Park Commission

             Richard V. Hyland, Consulting Engineer of the firm
                     of Madigan-Hyland

         Raymond P. McKulty, Attorney of the firm of
                 Corner, Bell, Russell & McNulty

^                                        Sidney Shapiro, Deputy Chief Engineer of the
~~                                               Long Island State park Commission

             George E . Spargo, Executive Officer of the New
                     York City Department of Parks

             Harry Taylor, Assistant General Manager of the
                     Triborough Bridge Authority

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AR5IKAL, CENTRAL PARK         ^                               OPESLEASS
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           The Department of Parks announces a Harvest Dance Contest for novice

 dance teams, open to all novice dancers wlio are at least 16 years of age, and a

 special division for ne:a of the Armed. Forces. The five divisions will tie the Fox

 Trot, the Waltz, the Hhuiaba, Jitterbug, and Waltz for Old Timers.        In the Waltz

 for Old Timers, the age of each team member must be at least 60 years, but the

 agoc of the individuals will not be published.

           Entries are being received at the five borough offices of the Park

Department, particularly from those dance areas that have enjoyed the city-wide

program of social dancing, which the Department of Parks'has been conducting in

the parks of the five boroughs all summer.

           Park Department Borough Offices:

           MANHATTAN     -   Arsenal Bxiilding, 64 Street & Fifth Avenue
           BROOKLYN      -   Litclifield Mansion, Prospect Park
           BRONX         -   Bronx Park East & Birchall Avenue
           QUEENS        -   The Overlook, Kew Gardens, Forest Park
           RICHMOND      -   Clove Lakes, New Brighton, Staten Island

           No change of partners will be permitted afte-r an application is filed.

Acrobatic, stunt, and trick novelty dances will be barred.         War Bonds and other

 valuable prizes will be awarded the city-wide champions. Borough winners will also

be given handsome awards, donated by the Consolidated Edison System Companies.

No contestant may win more than two War Bonds.

           The following are the dates and locations of the elimination contests in

the respective boroughs:

      QUEENS      -   Playground at 30 Road and 45 Street         Tuesday, August 31
      BRONX       -   Poe Park, 132 Street and Grand Concourse-   Wednesday, Sept. 1
      MANHATTAN   -   The Mall, Central Park                      Thursday, Sept. 2
      RICHMOND    -   McDonald Playground, West Brighton          Thursday, Sept. 2
      BROOKLYN    - Prospect Park New Bandshell                - - Friday, Sept. 3

           The winners in the borough eliminations will be eligible to compete in

 the finals that are to be held on the Mall, Central Park, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1943.

           Music for both the preliminaries and the finals will be provided by Name

 Band Orchestras under the sponsorship of the Consolidated Edison System Companies.

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                   The Department of Parks announces that the city-wide

         finals of the checkers tournament will talc© place on Saturday,

        August 28, 2:00 P.M., at Heckscher Playground, Central Park, to

        be followed by the chess finals on Sunday, August 29, at the

         same location and the same hour.   The junior group consists of

        boys and g i r l s , who have not reached their 17th birthday, while

        the senior group are those 17 years and over.

                   Each borough has been conducting preliminary matches

         in each of these divisions for the past three weeks to determine

         i t s two best players for the city-wide finals.

                   Gold and silver pins will be awarded to the f i r s t and

         second place winners in each division at the finals.      Bronze pins

        will be given to borough winners.



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ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                                      FOR RELEASE ^
TEL. REGENT 4-1000                                                                     AUGUST 26,1943




                        The Department of Parks announces t h e c i t y f i n a l s of

       t h e Jacks Contest f o r g i r l s w i l l "he played a t Ileckscher Playground,

       Central Park, on Thursday, August 26, a t 2:00 P.M.

                        The f i n a l i s t s w i l l be chosen from two d i v i s i o n s . The

       f i r s t is the Midget division for girls up through nine years of

       age.          The second group are girls from 10 to 15 years of age.

                        Eliminations have been taking place during the past

       few weeks in the playgrounds throughout the five boroughs.                          The

       best player in each division of the five boroughs will compete

       on Thursday for the t i t l e of City Champion.

                         Gold pins will be awarded to the- finalists in each

       division, and silver pins to the runner-up.                     Bronze pins will

       be awarded to the borough winners.




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ASSMAL, CENTRAL PARK                                               FOR RELEASE
T3L. SSaMT 4-1000                                                                  August 24, 1943




                  The Department of Parka announces t h a t t h e city-wide f i n a l s

     in t h e M i l i t a r y and t h e Kovice Events in t h e Park Association, of Hew

     York City Fourth Annual Sports Tournament, w i l l take place on Tuesday,

     August 24, and Wednesday, August 25, at Astoria P o o l , 19 Street and

     23 Drive, Queens, a t 6:30 p.Ivl.

                  The novice competitions w i l l include 13 d i f f e r e n t events f o r

     children of various ages up t c 17 y e a r s .         T r i a l h e a t s in these events

     were conducted at 16 of t . . e park pools in the various borourdis beginning

     on July 14 and ending on August 1 1 . The c o n t e s t a n t s , who w i l l meet a t

     Astoria Pool on t h e 24th, a r e t h e -dinners of t h e 3,386 boys anci g i r l s ,

     who entered these m e e t s .

                  The m i l i t a r y competitions a r e divided i n t o four e v e n t s .   They

     are t h e 100 meters free s t y l e , 50 meters back s t r o k e , 50 meters b r e a s t

     stroke and d i v i n g .

                  Medals, donated by t h e Park Association of Hew York C i t y , w i l l

     be awarded t h e winners for 1,2, and 3rd p l a c e s .

                  Those championships w i l l bring t o a close t h e Park Association

     of Nov.! York City Fourth Annual Tournament.              At t h e conclusion of t h e

     swimming e v e n t s , awards c o n s i s t i n g of t r o p h i e s , War Bonds and War Stamps

     w i l l be presented t o t h e winners of t h e Municipal Golf and Tennis Cham-

     pionships.      I n a d d i t i o n , medals w i l l be presented t o t h e winners of t h e

     l o c a l tournaments in t o n n i s and t h a novice winners of t h e various pool

     eliminations.

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DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
A&SMAL, CEHTBAI PARK                                         FOR RELEASE
T3L. H2GENT 4-1000                                                             Xuguat 22, 1943




                The Department of Parks announces t h e schedule of 7 more Name

   Band Orchestras which w i l l play in v a r i o u s large parks and playgrounds

   of tli3 c i t y during the period of August 25-31, as p a r t of t h e second

   Consolidated Edison. Company Summer Concert and Dance Program in coopera-

   t i o n w i t h the Department of Parks.   A l l dances w i l l s t a r t at 8:30 P.M.

                Such popular o r c h e s t r a s as Cab Calloiray, Bobbie Sherwood, W i l l i e

   IParner and Joe Yenuti are included in t h i s p e r i o d .        Following i s the

   schedule of appearances:

   August 23 - Bobbie Sherwood a t Colonial P a r k , Bradiiurst Avenue and
                                   153 Street , Manhattan

   August 24 - Bobbie Sherwood at Marconi Playground, 155 Street and
                                  108 Avenue, Jamaica, Q,ueens

   August 25 - Bobbie Sherwood at Poe P a r k , 192 Street and Grand Concourse,

                                           The Bronx

   August 26 - Cab Calloway a t t h e M a l l , Central P a r k , Llanliattan

   August 27 - "tfillie lorm&T at Prospect P a r k , Brooklyn
   August 30 - Joe Tenuti a t Bushvrick Playground, Eaiclcerbocker and
                               Putnam. Avenues, Brooklyn

   August 31 - Joe Yenuti a t Flayground, 30 l:ioad and 45 Street , Queens


                Tlis schedule of other Name Bands in t h i s s e r i e s v a i l be announced

   as soon as t h e necessary arrangements have been completed.




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                    The Department of Parks announces t h a t the city-wide

     f i n a l s of the horseshoe pitching tournament, singles and doubles

     for "boys and men, 17 years of age and over, w i l l take place at

     Eeckscher Playground, 62 Street and West Drive, Central Park, on

     Saturday, August 21, at 2:00 P.M.

                    Several hundred have p a r t i c i p a t e d in the p r e l i m i n a r i e s ,

     conducted at the 480 horseshoe pitching courts of the Park Department,

     throughout the five boroughs, during t h e past three weeks.

                    l i v e doubles teams and five singles p l a y e r s , a l l of them

     winners of t h e i r respective borough contests w i l l compete for- the

     city-wide championship on Saturday afternoon.

                    Handsame trophies w i l l be awarded the city champion in

     each d i v i s i o n .




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               Tli9 Department of Parks announces that 1100 g i r l s ranging in age from

     8 to 16 years and representing various playgrounds throughout ths borough of

     Brooklyn, will participate in the 28th Annual Dance Festival on Saturday,

     august 21, at 2 F.M., on the Long Meadow, Prospect Park,'Brooklyn.

               For the past seven weeks, the children have attended regularly the

     various instruction classes in designated playgrounds, where they have been

     taught the intricate dance steps, which require grace and rhythm in coordination

     to bring about that precision in execution so necessary in group dancing.        They

     have also been instructed in making their costumes for these dances.

               This year's festival program will consist of nine dance numbers and

     music by the Coast Guard Band, under the leadership of Tom KcLaury.      On the

     day of ths festival, Long Meadow will be a kaleidoscope of colors, wttlL.United

     Hations folk costumes mingling with the outfits of miniature soldiers, sailors,

     marines and war workers*

               The program on the ileadow will open with the singing of the "Star

     Spangled Banner" by the children and the spectators.     At the close of the dance

     program, the costumed children will parade to the Picnic Grounds for refreshments.

               The Department of Parks extends a cordial welcome to the general

     public to witness this annual affair.

               The dances to be presented are:

               1.   "Marines"                  Children from Sunset Playground

               2.   "Sailors"                  Children from Bay Ridge Playgrounds

               3.   "Soldiers"                 Children from Boro Eall Playgrounds

               4.   "Swing Shift"              Children from Greenpoint Playgrounds

               5.   "Chinese Dance"            Children from Bushwick Playgrounds

               6.   "English Dance"            Children from itfiiliamsbuxg Playgrounds

               7.   "Russian Dance"            Children from Flatbush Playgrounds

               3.   "Salute to the Services"   Children from Bensonhurst Playgrounds

               9.   "All American"             Children from Brownsville Playgrounds
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                The Park Department lias beer, receiving many telephone calls a day

   from the public for the past 10 days, asking for help in the elimination of

   caterpillars which are destroying trees in their backyards.

                Investigation shows the caterpillar is larvae of the Fall Web ¥orm,

   scientifically known as the Eyphantria Cunea. The infestation is the

   heaviest for the past five years. The moths whicl' vary considerably in color

   from the -pure white to a white spotted *.'ith black, appear in July and lay

   thsix clusters of yellowish e^gs on the underside of the leaves, ^s the

   larvae feed, they spin silken webs of light texture, -jhich later on become

   of great size and very unsightly.

                At the present time, the larvae are full ~rown and within a weak

   enter into the ground to pupate and hibernate.

                If the trees in the backyards had been sprayed in the middle of

  July, and again two weeks later, these insects could have been controlled.

  However, where trees have not been entirely defoliated spraying would help

   eradicate the pest and save the foliage. The spray solution recomraended is

   5 pounds of Arsenate of Lead to 100 gallons of water.      Hhere very sciall trees

   are to be sprayed, 1 tablespoon,of Arsenate of Lead to a gallon of -/rater is

   r e c oiamen ded.

                The Park Department cannot do work on private property.




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          The Department of Parks announces the completion and opening of a
new playground at 234 Street and Bailey Avenue, The Bronx.

          This area is one of nine park projects left in various stages of
incompletion by the W.P.A. and which are being completed by contract to
protect work already done.

          About 90% completed by the W.P.A., the three acre playground located
west of the New York Central Putnam Division was originally acquired for school
purposes in 1929 and was assigned in 1941 to the Department of Parks.

          The playground is enclosed by eight foot chain link fence with two
entrances from West 234 Street. The south half of the park is sub-divided
into four units by tree planted block paved malls. The general play surface
is of concrete. The wading pool and comfort station area is flanked by two
narrow units of play apparatus for preschool and older children. The slides
and seesaws in the preschool section are supplemented with a sandpit said
swings.  A pipe frame exercise unit, swings and slides have also been
provided. The court games area contains three handball courts and three bocci
courts.

          The north half of the park separated from the apparatus and pool area
by an eight foot chain link fence is paved with concrete and laid out with a
softball diamond and hooded backstop. The area may also be used for roller
skating and free play.

          The contract not only included the installation of the play
equipment but also provided for the completion of the comfort station, laying
granite blocks, erection of a flagpole, construction of a concrete retaining
wall, erection of a chain link fence and the planting of shade trees.

           In 1934 there were 119 playgrounds in the five boroughs, 67 of which
have been reconstructed.  There will be with this new addition 438
playgrounds in the park system.

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                 MEMORANDUM
          DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
                        Date August 16, 1943


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                                             MEMORANDUM
                                         EPARTMENT OF PARKS
                                          CITY OF NEW YORK
                     George Ej/Spario^--"~                        August 11, 1943
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                              Chirlian
                     SUBJECT:          Playground - 234-th Street
                                              and Bailey Avenue - Bronx



                              An inspection was held at this playground today,
                     at which Quigley was also present.
                              There are several minor clean-up and adjustment
                     items to be done which the Contractor will complete by
                     Friday, the 13th.

                              Quigley is making arrangements to open the play-
                     ground area to the public on Saturday, August 14th.
                              Work in the comfort station should be completed
                     in about one week from this date.



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                       Tlae Department of Parks announces the birth

             of a baby llama at the Central Pari: Zoo, HarLhattan,

             on August 16, 1943.

                       The father of the baby llama i s "Racket" and

             the mother "Blackie".   The father was born in the

             Central Park Zoo, August 5, 1934.   The mother now nine

             years old, was acquired in July 1933.

                       Photographs may be taken at any time.




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            The Department of Parks announces that the city-wide f i n a l s in the A.A.TJ.

 and Municipal Swimming Events in the Park Association of New York City Fourth Annual

Sports Tournament will take place on Tuesday, August 17, and Wednesday, August 18,

at Astoria Pool, 19 Street'and 23 Drive, Queens, at 6i30 P.M.

            In the A.A.U. competitions for men, ; the New York State Championships w i l l

be decided in the 100 meter free style, 100 meter hack stroke, 200 raster breast

stroke, springboard diving and the pentathlon.

            In the women's division the contestants will contend for the Senior Metro-

politan Championships in the 100 mete:: free s t y l e , 100 meter back stroke, 200 meter

breast stroke, 300 meter- medley relay, 400 meter free style relay, springboard

diving and the pentathlon.

            The pentathlon events for both divisions are as follows, 100 meter free

style, 100 meter back stroke, 100 meter breast stroke, 150 meter medley, spring-

board diving, 3 meter board, 3 optionals.

                    In the Metropolitan Championships for Women foremost among the

entries i s Florence Schmitt, who within recent months reached the age of 12 and has

garnered such t i t l e s as Junior Metropolitan quarter mile, Junior National 220,

Junior National long distance and on August 7, the Senior National long distance of

3 miles.    She i s prepared to compote in the 100 meter free s t y l e , back stroke and

the pentathlon.

            Anne Ross, representing the Dragon Club of Brooklyn, the Women's National

1 mater and 3 meter outdoor diving champion and holder of the New York State crown

w i l l be present to defend her t i t l e .

            The 100 meter free style will have Marilyn Sahner, representing the W.S.A.

 as defending champion meeting such contenders as Marie Corridon, Phoebe Rosen,

Kathryn Wernert and June Dooling.
            Mike Priano, U.S. Navy Preflight School, Troy, New York, National-long
 distance champion, winner of the National 300 meter medley relay, w i l l defend h i s
 t i t l e in the pentathlon.        One of the serious contenders for t h i s t i t l e w i l l be
 Eugene Rogers, the New York State senior 400 meter free style champion, representing
 the New York Athletic Club.
            Two more representatives of the New York Athletic Club w i l l defend their
 t i t l e s ; Jack Saith, New York State 3 meter diving champion and Floyd Aglieppi, New
York State back stroke champion.
            The Municipal Employees champions, Father Knickerbocker's f i r e - e a t e r s are
 expected t o repeat last y e a r ' s performance.                     .,
             There will be no admission charge and thg"public i s cordially welcome.
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             Medals, donated by the New York 'CJj^Pa^k- Association, w i l l be awarded

 the winners for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. \                 '^\i/i«^

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                  The Department of Parks announces t h a t t h e c i t y - w i d e semi-

      f i n a l s and f i n a l s in t h e Municipal Tennis Championships of t h e Park

      Association of New York City Fourth Annual Sports Tournament w i l l take >

      place on S a t u r d a y , August 14, and Sunday, August 15, a t Central P a r k ,

      93 Street and West Drive, Manhattan, a t 11 A.M.

                 The q u a r t e r f i n a l i s t s in each d i v i s i o n from t h e f i v e boroughs

      have been engaged i n keenly contested matches a t t h e Central P a r k Courts.

     The c o n t e s t a n t s who have survived t h e s e games a r e those who w i l l meet

      in the semi-finals and finals.

                 The women*s singles division will be strictly a family                         affair.

     Natasha Irwin, a former winner, will vie for top honors with her own

      pupil and daughter, Nina Irwin.            This engagement will take place Saturday,

      August 14, at 2 P.M.       Both have been paired for the women's doubles as

      a serious threat to Ingrid Lakatos and Grace Rothbsrg.

                 Among the contestants for the men's singles t i t l e is Teddy

      Schein, winner of last year's borough of Manhattan t i t l e and member of

      the U.S. Army.     One of the most difficult hurdles will be Phil Rubel

      of Brooklyn, an outstanding contender in past tournaments.

                 The men's doubles assumes the same complexion as last year.

     Teddy Schein, a member of last year's winning city-wide doubles,

      paired with Ralph Axelrod, a quarter finalist in the past 2 city-wide

      tournaments, will find strenuous competition in Randy Rothstein and

      Bernard Levy, second place t i t l i s t s of last year.



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                       The Department of Parks announces the birth of

            a buffalo and an Asiatic deer in the Prospect Park Zoo,

            Brooklyn, on August 11, 1943.

                       The father of the female buffalo calf is "Nickel"

            and the mother TNickelette", both of whom were born in the

            Central Park Zoo in 1937 and transferred to the Prospect

            Park Zoo in 1938.

                       The father and the mother of the Asiatic fawn

            are unnamed members of a herd donated to the Zoo in 1941»

                       Photographs may be taken at any time.




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        The Department of Parks announces the schedule of 8 more Name Band
Orchestras which will play in various large parks and playgrounds of the city
during the period of August 11 to 20, as part of ths second Consolidated Edison
Company Summer Concert and Dance Program, in cooperation with the Department of
Parks.  At the completion of this group there will be 17 more dance concerts,
remaining out of a total of 54, which began on July 1.

        Such popular orchestras as Shep Fields, Cootie Williams, Will Osborne
and Gracie Barrie are included in this period.  Following is the schedule of
appearances:

               August 11 - Cootie Williams at Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
                              242 Street and Broadway(Termis Courts)

               August 12 - Will Osborne at The Mall, Central Park, Manhattan

               August 13 - Will Osborne at Prospect Park, Brooklyn

               August 16 - Shep Fields at Broadway and 70 Street, Jackson 
                              Heights, Queens

               August 17 - Gracie Barrie at Marconi Playground, 155 Street and
                              108 Avenue, Jamaica

               August 18 - Gracie Barrie at Poe Park, 1S2 St. & Grand 
                              Concourse, Bronx

               August 19 - Gracie Larrie at The Mall, Central Park, Manhattan

               August 20 - Gracie Barrie at Prospect Park, Brooklyn


          The schedule of other Name Bands in this series will be announced as
soon as the necessary arrangements have been completed. 

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                          The two final concerts sponsored by the Associate

             Committee of the League of Composers in cooperation with the

             Department of Parks will be held on the Mall, Central Park,

             on Tuesday, August 10, and in the Music Grove, Prospect Park,

             Brooklyn, on Wednesday, August U .     Both concerts will begin

             at 8:30 P.M.    The youthful orchestra of the National Orchestral

             Association, under the direction of Leon Barzin, will appear

             together with a chorus and three young soloists, Rodolfo Cornejot

             Carol Brice, and Frances Magnes,

                          Mr. Cornejo will play the piano part of his own

             "Phillipine Rhapsody #2" for piano and orchestra.     Frances

             Magnes, violinist, will present the Bruch Violin Concerto,

            while Carol Brice, contralto, will perform with the chorus

             and orchestra in the first perfonaan.ee on the east coast of

             Douglas Moore's setting of the "Prayer for the United Nations"

             which was written by Stephen Vincent Benet for President

             Roosevelt.

                          To date, 30,000 people have enjoyed these performances.




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                        The Department of Parks announces that the city-wide

         finals in the Municipal Golf Championship for women and junior, boys

         of the Park Association of New York City Fourth Annual Sports Tour-

         nament will start on Sunday, August 8, at Dyker Beach Golf Course,

         86 Street and 7 Avenue, Brooklyn, at 9 A.M.

                        Ten of the women taking part in t h i s tournament are

         the champions from the ten Municipal Courses and the other ten

         are their runners-up as a result of an 18 holes of Medal play held

         on July 11 on a l l park golf courses.

                        "Tex" Fullen, winner from Split Rock and second place

         city-wide winner of 1942 will be hard pressed by "Pat" Shanahan of

         Mosholu Golf Course, a city-wide winner of 1940-41.         A third contender

         of no mean a b i l i t y will be Annette Reyle, Municipal Champion of

         1937-38-39.

                        In the junior boys' division, Marvin Goldenberg of

         Forest Park, holder of Sad place in the city-wide finals of 1942

         i s the leading contender.    Although most of the remaining contestants

         are newcomers to these championships, keen competition i s expected

         on the basis of t h e i r showing in Medal plays, conducted on a l l park

         courses, July 19.

                        Valuable prizes, donated by the Park Association of

         New York City, will be awarded the winner and runner-up in each

         division.




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               I suppose there has to be a lunatic fringe attached to every
public body, a few scheming fanatics who are eager to get publicity and not
much concerned about contributing anything to the public good.

               At yesterday's meeting of the Council this fringe was busy
shouting about the lack of play facilities in Harlem and blaming the riot on
the indifference of the Administration to the recreation needs of Harlem.

               The fact is that Harlem has not been overlooked, neglected or
discriminated against.  The tendency has been in just the opposite direction,
that is, trends giiring more attention to Harlem than to other sections which
are in just as great need of recreation, including other sections into which
colored people in large numbers have moved, creating unexpected problems of
overcrowding.

               Harlem had 9 playgrounds before the LaGuardia Administration
came into being in 1934.  Today it has 29.  We have completely reconstructed
areas previously grossly neglected, such as Colonial Park.  Colonial Park was
laid out by the same landscape architects who made the plans for Central park
in the last century.  It was a kind of country estate and was beaten to
pieces by the influx of tenement dwellers. This area was completely
reconstructed by us.  It has, among other things, one of the finest swimming
pools to be found anywhere in the country.  It has playgrounds for all ages
and a music shell and dance area.

               When Harlem Houses were established, responsibility for
providing recreation fell on the Park Department.  We not only provided a
play area along the River, but we obtained the use of the Board of
Transportation property to the south and developed this into another
playground.

              For several years no school plans have been made without
provisions for additional play space. At the insistence of the Park
Department an entire block front on Fifth Avenue was bought to round out an
inadequate school playground.

              In the two additional postwar public housing projects in
Harlem, to which I have personally devoted an immense amount of attention,
adequate play facilities are provided and several playgrounds, including a
large active play and sports arena, are included in the plans for the Harlem
River Drive. There is just one reason why the new playgrounds in the housing
development and along the Harlem River Drive are not completed and in use,
and that is the war, which resulted in priorities and a stoppage of all
construction.  Certainly this cannot be blamed on the Administration, the
City Planning Commission or the Park Department.

              When the Triborough Bridge was built, I insisted on provision
of playgrounds along the approaches and the conversion of the whole of
Randall's Island into a park easily accessible to the residents of Harlem.

              We did succeed in getting priorities for one very important
recreation project, which is of great value to Harlem, and that is the
reconstruction of the whole of the northeast end of Central Park. This was
another area which could not be maintained and policed under present
conditions and which had to be reconstructed so as to provide more active
play facilities, less landscaping and a more formal design which would lend
itself better to control and preservation of order. This work was begun as a
WPA project. When the WPA was withdrawn, funds and priorities were obtained
to finish the work by contract. It is true that this work proceeds slowly
because the contractor also is handicapped by war conditions, but it is just
tripe to say that this or any other matter of recreation affecting Harlem has
been neglected, and only irresponsible demagogues would make such an
assertion.

         Unlike these demagogues and loose talkers, I have no patent solution
for the problems of this area.  I believe in plugging along from day to day
with possible improvements, with patience and understanding, and with a
realization that those who shout for the millennium, agitate, exaggerate
grievances and make promises which cannot be kept, are at bottom responsible
for the kind of trouble illustrated by the recent Harlem riot. The Greeks
were not so dumb when they invented the system of ostracism. Maybe we could
get rid of some of our phonies under the Lend-Lease Act.

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             The Department of Parks announces that after careful study of the usage

of Rockaway bathing beaches and because of the heavy demand for surf casting,

additional areas have been set aside at Bay 1, Jacob Riis Park and Beach 82, 109

and 149 Streets, Rockaway Beach, -Queens.

             A complete list of fishing areas, their season and hours of operation,.

 is as follows:

  J
   Cross Bay Boulevard Bridge - daylight hours, all year
  *Rockaway Beach, Beach 17 to Beach 19 Streets - dawn to 8 A.M.
  *Rockaway Beach, Beach 19 to Beach 25 Streets - daylight hours
  *Rockaway Beach, Beach 23 to Beach 73 Streets - d a m to 8 A.M.
  *Rockaway Beach, Beach 82 Street - 6 P.M. to dark
  *Rockaway Beach, Beach 109 Street - 6 P.M. to dark
  *Rockaway Beach, Beach 126 to Beach 149 Streets - dawn to 8 A.M.
  *Rockaway Beach, Beach 149 Street - 6 P.M. to dark
  *Jacob Riis Park, Bay 1 - 6 P.M. to dark
  *Jacob Riis Park, Bay 13 - dawn to 8 A.M.
   Jacob Riis Park, North Shore - daylight hours, all year
   Francis Lewis Park, East River & 147 Street - daylight hours, all year
   Little Keek Bay, along shors of Belt Parkway - daylight hours, all year
   Flushing Bay, along shore of Grand Central Parkway - daylight hours, all year


RICHMOND
  "^Wolfe's Pond Beach - October to May, daylight hours
   *South Beach - October to May, daylight hours


MANHATTAB
      Southwest corner of Randall's Island - daylight hours, a l l year
      107 Street Pier, Harlem River - daylight hours, a l l year
      Hudson River at 83 Street - daylight hours, a l l year
      Hudson River at 92 Street - daylight hours, a l l year
      Hudson River at 106 Street - daylight hours, a l l year
      Hudson River, foot of 177 Street - daylight hours, a l l year
      Hudson River, 100 feet north of Dyckman Street - daylight hours, a l l year
      Hudson River, north of Dyckman Street Ball Fields - daylight hours, a l l year

 BRONX                                          '
    Twin Island, Pelham Bay Park - daylight hours, all year
    Talapoosa Point, Pelham Bay Park - daylight hours, all year
    Hortn of old Hunter Island Bridge, Pelhaa Bay Park - daylight hours, all year
    Sea wall at parking field adjacent to Huntington Mansion, Pelham Bay Park -
        daylight hours, all year
    Orchard Beach side of lagoon, Pelham Bay Park - October to May, daylight hours
    Ferry Point Park - daylight hours, all year



    Canarsia Pier - daylight hours, all year
    Shore Parkway, waterfront promenade between Ft. Hamilton & Bay 8 Street -
        daylight hours, all year
    Steeplechase Pier(abutment) - daylight hours, all year
    Steeplechase Pier(both sides of Piar, north of building) - October to May,
        daylight hours
   *Coney Island Beach - October to Hay, daylight hours
   ·Coney Island, Bay 14, east of Steeplechase Pier - dawn to 8 A.M.
    Neptune Ave. & West 23 St.(area on waterfront promenade)-daylight hours, all year
    Plum Beach, east of picnic area - daylight hours, all year


  *SURF CASTING
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               The fourth concert sponsored by tlie Associated Committee of the

     League of Composers in cooperation with the Department_of Parks will be

     presented on Tuesday, August 3, at 8:30 P.M.      The orchestra of the National

     Orchestral Association with Leon Barzin conducting will present the concert.

               The concert will start at 8}30 P.M.     Preceding it from 6-7:30 P.M.

     there will be a rehearsal open to the public, of two "SymphoniettaS "«          The

     public will have an opportunity to observe a real symphonic rehearsal, hear

     the conductor's remarks and see just how the coordination of a performance

     is finally achieved.

               The orchestra is the youngest ever assembled by the National

     Orchestral Association, its players ranging from 13 years up, the average

     age being 18 years. Almost half of the 120 members are women.

               The program will consist of a Beethoven Overture, a Mozart Symphony

     and an Overture by Arne; the two symphoniettas and compositions by Paul

     Creston and Morton Gould.

               The program will be repeated on Wednesday night, August 4, at

     8:30 P.M. at the Music Grove, Prospect Park, Brooklyn.




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                      The Department of Parks announces the third of a

            series of four Naumburg Memorial concerts will be given on

           the Mall, Central Park, on July 31, at 8:15 P.M.     The l a s t

            one is scheduled for Labor Day at the same location*

                      This concert series is contributed by Mr. Walter

           Naumburg and Mr. George W. Naumburg, in memory of t h e i r

           father llkan Naumburg, who donated the bandstand on the Mall.

                      This concert will be given by the Hauraburg orchestra

           with Baerson Buckley as conductor, and Devora Hadworney as

            contralto soloist.   The program will include well-known

            selections by Beethoven, Moussorgsky, Rossini, Saint-Saens

            and Prokofieff.




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           The Department of Parks announces that the city-wide finals in the

Municipal Tennis Championships of the Park Association of New York City Fourth

 Annual Sports Tournament will start on Saturday, July 31, at Central Park, 93rd

 Street an-d West Drive, at 2500 P.M.

           Tournaments are listed according to the following schedule!

           Boys' Singles        - Saturday, July 31 at 2 P.M.

           Women's Singles      - Saturday, July 31 at 3t30 P.M.

           Men's Singles        - Sunday, August 1 at 11 A.M.

           Men's Doubles        - Sunday, August 8 at 11 A.M.

           Women's Doubles      - Sunday, August 0 at 11 A.M,

           This tournament is the culmination of a series of tournaments held on

 a l l Park Department tennis courts beginning in the month of June.             The quarter

 finalists of the local tournaments then played on selected courts in each borough,

 for the borough championship.        The city-wide f i n a l i s t s are those players who

 reached the quarter finals in the borough competitions.

           Play will continue on Sunday and the following week-ends with the semi-

 finals in the boys' singles and women's singles scheduled to take place Saturday,

 August 7, while the serai-finals in the men's singles and men's doubles will be

 held Sunday, August 15. Arrangements have been made to hold the boys' and women's

 singles on August 14 and men's singles and doubles finals on August 15,

           The men's singles will have Teddy Schein* winner of this year and last

 year's borough of Manhattan t i t l e , seeded as number 1.        Seeded second is Phil Rubel

 of Brooklyn, who was 1942-43 Brooklyn Borough Champion.             Third and fourth

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           In the v/omen's ranks, top seeding went to Natasha Irwin, a perennial

winner of the Bronx champ ion ship for 8 years and the city champion of last year.

Second seeding i s given to Ingrid Lakatos of Manhattan who i s a steady and sea-

soned player on the park courts, and will make trouble for any player above her

in the women's singles.     Third and fourth seedings were granted to Carolyn Liguri

of Brooklyn and Nina Irwin, daughter of Natasha Irwin, who w i l l pair for the

women's doubles.

           The seeding in the junior boys' division i s made up of a number of up

and coming public park s t a r s . . Ed. Wilowski of Queens, a seeded pla^/ei-' of last

year, gets f i r s t b i l l i n g , followed in order by Conrad Rothberg of Manhattan,

Thomas Marsh of tlie Bronx and Ernest Stelbackey of Manhattan.

           The men's doubles i s made up of many of those who are also performing in

the singles tournament.     Seeded number 1 are Teddy Schein and Ealph Axelrod, a

doubles winner in several former tournaments, and a leading contestant in the

singles.   The number two position was granted to Randy Rothstein and Bernard Levy

of Manhattan.    They were the runner-up in last year's championships, having lost

the final match in a photo-finish by 7-5, 7-5, 6-2.         Arnold Lynn and Sd. Wilowski

of Queens take third place closely followed by Bernard Weinberg and Louis Bradley

of the Bronx.

           The women's doubles will s t a r t Sunday, August 8.

           Valuable prizes, donated by the Park Association of Hew York City, w i l l

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          The third concert of the new Music in Wartime series will be
presented by the Department of Parks and the Associate Committee of the
League of Composers on Central Park Mall, on Tuesday, July 27, at 8:30 P.M.
The Columbia University Symphonic Band, conducted by Harwood Simmons will
share the program with the famed Hall Johnson Choir, The series aims to
provide music in wartime by New Yorkers of different races, creeds and
national backgrounds, as a symbol of Democracy in Art.

          The band ia the regular University Band but this year, due to the
naval training at Columbia, about one third of the band is composed of navy
men. The Columbia Band is the only college group ever to have appeared at
Carnegie Hall.  Many of its former members are now in service bands of the
Army, Navy and Air Corps.  Harwood Simmons, their conductor, is a member of
the faculty of Columbia University.

          The program will include the following contemporary American
Compositions: a suite "Negro Dancers" by Florence Price who is one of the few
Negro women composers; "Quaint Minuet" by Henry Cowell; "Marche Carillon" by
Howard Hanson.

          The Hall Johnson Choir, since its inception in 1925, has sung all
over America in concert, over the air, and in the motion pictures. Perhaps
its best known appearance was in "Green Pastures" which ran for six years.
Hall Johnson, its originator and conductor, is well known as a composer,
writer and musical director. A group of songs from the production "Run Little
Chillun" will be included on Tuesday's program.

          On Wednesday, July 28, at the Music Grove in Prospect Park at 8:30
P.M., the series will present a program by the Schubert Musical Society, a
Negro chorus, a selections by the young and talented violinist, Frances
Magnes. The director of the Schubert Musical Society is Edward Margetson,
whose awards include those from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and
a fellowship in 1942 from the Julius Rossnwald Foundation.  Frances Magnes
has appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Symphony, the Naumburg Orchestra
and the Petrides Orchestrette. She will feature in her V program the
"Hexapoda and Five Studies in Jitteroptera" by Robert Russell Bennett.  She
will be accompanied by Leonid Hambro, a Naval Musician First Class who is
Stationed at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

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ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                             For Release 
TEL. REGENT 4-1000                                              July 19, 1943


          The second concert of the new Music in Wartime series will be
presented by the Department of Parks and tlie Associate Committee of the
League of Composers on Central Park Mall on Tuesday, July 20, at 3:30 P.M.
The Factory Orchestra of the Sperry Gyroscope Co., conducted by Maurel
Hunkins, will share the program with the young and gifted contralto, Carol
Brice.

          The orchestra of the Sperry Co. is composed entirely of personnel
in the offices and factory of the company.  It was organized in 1941 as an
employee activity, and numbers among its players many former professional
musicians, who are now engaged in war work. Representative are Giuseppe
Ciciino who played the French horn at the Metropolitan Opera, Joseph
Pellizari, clarinetist at the La Scala in Milan and Davis McCrea, saxophonist
in Fats Waller's Orchestra.

          Carol Brice will offer two groups of songs, one of Negro spirituals,
the other of works by contemporary Negro composers.

          On Wednesday, July 21, at 8130 P.M. the second concert of the
Brooklyn series will present the American People's Chorus at the Music Grove,
Prospect Park. This group under the direction of Horace Grenell, will present
a whole evening of choral works, mainly American, and will include the famous
"Ballad for Americans" by Earle Robinson.

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                The Department of Parks announces the schedule of 6 more Name Band

    Orchestras which will play in ·various large parks and playgrounds of the city

    during the period of July 19-26, as part of the second Consolidated Edison

    Company Summer Concert and Dance Program in cooperation with the Department

    of Parks.    All dances w i l l start at 3:50 P.M. and continue u n t i l 10:30 F.M,

                Such popular orchestras as Will Osborn, Joe Venuti and Mai Hallett

    are included in t h i s period,   Folio-wing is the schedule of appearances:

   July 19 - Mai Hallett at Grover Cleveland Playground, Stanhope Street &
                            Grandview Avenue, Queens

   July 20 - Mai E a l l e t t at Victory Field, Woodhaven Boulevard & Myrtle

                                Avenue, Queens

    July 21 - Mai Hallett at Van Cortlandt Park, 241 Street & Broadway, Bronx

   July 22 - Mai Hallett at the Mall, Central Park, Manhattan

    July 23 - Joe Venuti at Prospect Park, Brooklyn

    July 26 - Will Osborn at Colonial Play Center, BracQmrst Avenue and
                             West 153 Street, Manhattan

                The schedule of other Name Bands in t h i s series w i l l be announced .

    as soon as the necessary arrangements have been completed.




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ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                             For Release 
TEL. REGENT 4-1000                                              July 17, 1943

Telegram to        Hon. Sylvan L. Joseph                        July 17, 1943
                   Regional Administrator
                   Office of Price Administration
                   350 Fifth Avenue
                   New York City

         "Recent orders of the OPA lifting restrictions against vacation
travel have caused still further confusion and we are deluged with requests
from tlaose who cannot leave town for vacations but wish to take a day off
now and then at the beaches and parks and who ask why they cannot use
vacation gas for this purpose. We are unable to offer any reasonable
explanation. This is not a case of furnishing additional A or other books
increasing the allowance of gasoline but of fair treatment to all people
whether they can go to country places and hotels for needed recreation or can
only get away a short distance from their homes for a day. The fact that
travel by car to beaches and parks may be difficult to regulate is not an
answer because the OPA has already ventured into all kinds of unnecessary,
expensive and ineffective regulation. There remains at most only two months
of summer and this is not a matter which can wait for further debate. May 1
as head of the city and state park systems of New York request a prompt and
if possible favorable decision. The arguments for recreation especially in
urban communities need no further emphasis."

                                          Signed ROBERT MOSES

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              The Department of Parks announces a series of games in golf and tennis

  of the Park Association of Net; York City Fourth Annual Tournament beginning

  Saturday, July 17. The schedule is as follows:



  Saturday, July 17 - Manhattan, Central Park, 93 Street & West Drive
     11 A,M.
                           Brooklyn, Ft. Greene Park, DeKalb Ave» & S. Sliot Street

                           Queens, Kissena Park, Rose St. & Kissena Blvd., Flushing

                           Bronx, St. James Park, 195 Street & Jerome Avenue

                           Richmond, Silver lake Park, Eart Boulevard

 30ROUGE FMALS-TISMIS; MEN'S D0UBL3S
 Sunday, July 18 - Manhattan, Central Park, 93 Street & West Drive
     11 A.M.
                           Brooklyn, McKinley Park, 75 Street & 7 Avenue

                           Queens, Forest Park, Park lane South & 89 Street

                           Bronx, Mullaly Park, 161 Street So Jerome Avenue

                           Richmond, talker Park, Bard Avenue & Delafield Place


  Sunday, July 18 - Forest Park Golf Course, Park Lane South and Forest
     9 A.M>
                         Parkway in Forest Park



  Monday, July 19 - At a l l park golf courses.

              Despite the fact t h a t a sreat many of our s a l e t e n n i s players a r e in

  the Armed f o r c e s , a l l signs point to an increase over t h e 700 e n t r i e s of l a s t y e a r .

              The cost colorful of these events w i l l be t h e team championship in golf.

  Well known players and figures familiar on park golf courses w i l l p a r t i c i p a t e .

  Among these are t h e S t r a f a c i brothers of 3rooklyn, Tom Walsh and Lew Pucker of

  ^asens and Joseph R e i l l y of Richmond.         Last y e a r ' s team championship was taken by

  the 4 low gross scorers from Dyker 3each who completed the course with a score of

   605,   The winners were Tom S t r a f a c i , Ralph S t r a f a c i , Dominick S t r a f a c i and Jack

  Lynch*
               Awards and trophies for these events are donated by the Park Association

   of New York City, Inc.


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          The Department of Parks announces that tlie swimming meet in the Park

Association of New York City Fourth Annual Tournament, will get under way with trial

heats in the novice events beginning July 14 and continuing according to the follow-

ing schedule:

         July   14   -   Wednesday   -   Faber Pool, Richmond
         July   14   -   Wednesday   -   Tompkinsville Pool, Richmond
         July   21   -   Wednesday   -   Carmine Street Pool, Manhattan
         July   21   -   Wednesday   -   Thos. Jefferson Pool, Manhattan
         July   21   -   Wednesday   -   23 Street Pool, Manhattan
         July   28   -   Wednesday   -   Astoria Pool, Queens
         July   28   -   Wednesday   -   Flushing Meadow Amphitheatre
         July   28   -   Wednesday   -   Crotona Pool, Bronx
         July   23   -   Wednesday   -   McCarren Pool, Brooklyn
         July   28   -   Wednesday   -   Sunset Pool, Brooklyn
         Aug.   4    -   Wednesday   -   Red Hook Pool, Brooklyn
         Aug.   4    -   Wednesday   -   Betsy Eead Pool, Brooklyn
         Aug.   11   -   Wednesday   -   Hamilton Fish Pool, Manhattan
         Aug.   11   -   Wednesday   -   Colonial Pool, Manhattan
         Aug.   11   -   Wednesday   -   Eighbridge Pool, Manhattan
         Aug. 11 - Wednesday - John Jay Pool, Manhattan

         There will be 13 events in the novice class, ranging frora the 25 meter free

style for boys and girls, 10 years and under, to the 100 meter free style for boys 17

years and under. There will be back and breast,strokes at various distances and

diving for both boys and girls. Entry blanks may "be obtained at any park pool or
borough office.

          Last year over 1,000 boy and girl novice swimmers took part in the events

set apart for them and it is expected that the entry list this year Hill be even

greater because of the tremendous interest being shown in this sport.

          Entry blanks are also available for A.A.U. events for both men and women,

most spectacular of which will be the pentathlon events. This pentathlon event for

men and women was included in the Sports Tournament schedule three years ago as an

open event sponsored by the Park Department.           It was quite unknown in this country

but took hold immediately and aroused keen competition and interest among swimmers.

Because of this interest the A.A.U, sanctioned tho event in 1941 as a Metropolitan

event and in 1942 included it in the Hew York State Championships. Because it always

brings together the best in swimmers it is felt that it xvill soon be accepted as a,

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National event.    Last ye ax pentathlon honors ^3c.t to Mike Priano of the Flat bush

Boys Club while Helene Rains of the Woman's Swimming Association carried off the

women's championship and. trophy.

          Also scheduled are Municipal events for male members of the city depart-

ments and swimming events for men of the armed forces.       Closing dats for entries

in these three groups i s August 9.

          Trial heats for the Municipal departments w i l l take place Friday,

August 13, 6:30 P.E, at Crotona Pool, The Bronx, and for the A.A.U., Monday,

August IS, 6:30 P.M. at Astoria Pool, Queens.       City-wide finals for both the so

events arc scheduled for Astoria Pool, on the evenings of Tuesday and Wednesday,

August 17 and 18, at 6:30 P.M.      The Municipal department events always bring t o -

gether many old timers who years ago were outstanding champions and have kept them-

selves in t i p top shape.    Last year one of the outstanding competitors was George

Fissler- now with the Department of Public Works and former Olympic record holder

and at one time holder of every National free stylo record.

          Trial heats for the military events will be held at Sunset Pool, Brooklyn,

Monday, August 23, at 6:30 P.M.      City-wide finals in the military and novice events

are scheduled for McCarren Pool, Brooklyn, on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 24 and

25, at 5:30 P.M.

          Medals and awards, donated by the Park Association of New York City, will

be a?irardod to 1st, 2nd, 3rd in the championship meet.



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DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
  ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK
  TEL. REgent 4 - 1OOO                              For Release     Saturday
                                                                   July 10, 1943




                       The Department of Parks announces that local course

         championships for men and women golfers in the Park Association

         of New York City Fourth Annual Sports Tournament will take place

         on Sunday, July 11.at the ten park golf courses.

                       Score cards have been accepted at a l l golf courses

         since June 5.     Each golf course selected the thirty-two low gross

         scorers, who will compete for their local course championship of
         medal play.     The eight low gross scorers in the local championships

         will represent the course as a team in the city-wide team champ-

         ionship at Forest Park on July 18.       Matches will consist of t h i r t y -

          six holes of medal play with the four low gross players representing

         a course, being the city-wide team champions.

                       On Monday, July 19, participants in the Junior Boys'

         division will compete for the various course t i t l e s in t h e i r own

          division.

                       On the week ends of July 25 and august 1, the t h i r t y -

          two two low gross scorers will meet in 18 holes of match play at

          Clearview for the Municipal Golf Crown and the ^ewbold Morris Trophy.

          The semi-final and final rounds will be 36 holes of match play.

                       ;%ker Beach Golf Course in Brooklyn will be host to a l l

          of the tournament winners and runners-up on the ten courses in both

          the Junior Boys and ^omen's division, on Sunday, August 8.
                       Winners of the Women's and Junior Boys' Division will be
          presented with trophies donated by the Park Association of New York

          City.

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                      The Department of Parks announces that the borou^i champ-

         ionships of the men's singles in tennis in the Park Association of

         New York City Fourth Annual Tournament will begin on Saturday,

         July 10, at 2 P. M., according to the following schedule:

                      Manhattan    ~   Central Park, 93 Street and West Drive

                      Brooklyn      - McKinley Park, 75 Street and 7 Avenue

                      Queens        - Forest Park, Park Lane South and 89 Street

                      Bronx       . - Mullaly Park, 161 Street and Jerome Avenue

                      Richmond     - Walker Park, Bard Avenue and Delafield Place

                      Several hundred have participated in the local tournaments,

         which began on June 19 on all park tennis courts. The contenders

         for the borough titles are comprised of' eight quarter finalists

         from each local tournament. The winners of these events will enter

         the city-wide finals, which, will be conducted at a later date.

                      Valuable prizes, donated by the Park Association of New

         York City, will be awarded the winner in each borough contest.

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ARSENAL, CENTRAL PARK                                                      FOR RELEASE        Tuesday
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                  The Department of Parks announces t h e Ninth Annual American

    B a l l a d C o n t e s t f o r Barber Shop Q u a r t e t s w i l l take p l a c e on t h e M a l l ,

    Central P a r k , 71 Street and Center Drive on Tuesday, July 6 , a t 8:30 P.M.

                  As a special feature attraction of this year's program, there

   will be a separate division for Service Men's Quartets-representing the

   U. S. Marines, Coast Guard, U. S. Wavy, Infantry and U.S. Air Corps*

                  Another highlight of the evening's entertainment will be the

    famous radio quartet, "The Southernaires", who will be on hand to en-

   t e r t a i n the thousands of lovers of harmony by singing some of the popular

    southern melodies.

                   The judges are composed of experts in the field of song, and

    others who have qualified through past service.                         William C» Handy, composer

    of the famous old song "St. Louis Blues" and top tenor in a Barber Shop

    Quartet, which traveled throughout the country as part of a minstrel show

    back in 1897, has consented to be one of the judges.                            His associates at the

    judges' table will be Mayor LaGuardia, Governor Al Smith, Park Commissioner

    Robert Moses, Geoffrey O'Hara, song composer, James F. Evans, Director of

    State Parks, Paul Winslow of the Taconic State Park Commission, Frank W.

    Smith, retired President of the Consolidated Edison Company, Charlss U.

    Powell, retired Engineer in Charge of Queens Topographical Bureau, J. Bailey

    Harvey, member of the University Glee Club, Luthar S. Steward of the National

    Federation of Federal Employses, Richard G. Husch, and Douglas Paige.

                   During the past two wseks , the preliminaries ware held in each of

    the five boroughs.             After Iist6ningto a rendition of such popular American

    Ballads as j "Let Mo Call you Sweetheart","Take Me Out To the Ball Game",

   "Mandy Leo","Yankee Doddle Dandy", "Dear Old Girl" and other songs made

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famous by the harmonizors of tho old tonsorial parlors in tho early part of

the present century, tho judges of the respective borough contests docided that

nino quartets qualified for tho city-wido finals on July 6th beside tha five

quartets representing tha armed forces.     Tho selection was predicated on a

comprshonsivs variety of factors including rhythm, intonation, tons quality,

diction, precision, dynamics, voice blending, harmonic originality,phrasing,

costumo and stage presence,

          Tho nino groups of civilian balladoers are composed of mon drawn from

every walk of lifo embracing commercial, industrial, social and civic organiza-

tions,

          Tho "St. Mary's Eorseshoers" Quartet, which won tha championship in

ono of tho previous contests, will be there to retrieve tha crown of harmony.

In addition, wo will have such quartets as "Tho Desmond Brothers Quartet",

"Police Department quartet", "Tho Ridgowood Clippers" and "New York University

Varsity Quartot".

          Each quartet will bo permitted to sing two numbers, both of which shall

not oxcood eight minutes duration.

          Appropriate prizes will bo awarded to each member of tho quartets, in

both the civilian and service men's division, which attain f i r s t , second and

third places.

          Music for the evening's entertainment will be furnished by the United

States Coast Guard 24-pioco orchestra, undor th^ leadership of Tom MacLaury,

with Dick Judge, the orchestra's vocalist, who was formerly associated with tho

famous namo bojids of Teddy Powell and Richard Himbsr,

          Tho public address system will be supplied by tho Municipal Broadcasting

Station T
        TMYC and a portion of tho program will bo broadcast from 8:30 to 9:15

over the samo station.

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           The Department of Parks announces the remainder of the summer

   schedule of the open air puppet and marionette shows including "Little

   Red Riding Hood" and "Jack and the Beanstalk" will be given from

   July 6 to September 4 inclusive in various park playgrounds throughout

   the five boroughs, from an especially constructed trailer stage.

           The first half of the schedule began on June 14 and a series

   of 32 shows were given before an audience of 12,000 children,

           "Little Red Riding Hood" consists of three acts and lasts about

   50 rainutes, while "Jack and the Beanstalk" consists of three acts and

    lasts approximately 45 minutes.

           The first showing will be made beginning Tuesday, July 6, at

   Walker Park, Bard & Davis Avenues, West Brighton, Staten Island, at

    11 A.M. and at Westerleigh Park, Willard and Maine Avenues, Westerleigh,

   Staten Island at 3 P.M.

            The shows will continue to be presented at the various boroughs

    according to the attached schedule:

                        Richmond   -   July 6 to 8, inclusive

                        Manhattan -    July 9 to 24, inclusive

                        Brooklyn   <
                                   - July 25 to August 7, inclusive

                        Queens     - August 9 to August SI, inclusive

                        Bronx      - August 83 to September 4, inclusive

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                                   ·' DEPARTMENT OF PARKS


                         SGHSDULE OF TRAILER MARIONETTE THEATRE


                                 July - S e p t e m b e r 1943


            "RED SIDING HOOD"    and "JACK AND THE BEANSTALK" P r e s e n t e d a t :

RICHMOND:

        Tuesday     July 6      Walker Park - Bard & Davis Aves.,                       11 A, M.
                                              West Brighton
                                Westerleigh Park - Willard and Maine                     3 P. M.
                                              Aves., Westerleigh

       Wednesday    July 7      Lincoln Avenue Playground, Midland Beach                11 A. M.
                                Schmul Playground, Wilde Ave., Travis                    3 P. M.

       Thursday     July 8      Faber Playground - itichmond Terrace,                   11 A. M.
                                                   Port ·"·ichmond
                                Willowbrook Park - Richmond & Rockland Ave.,             3 P. M.
                                              Victory Blvd., Bulls Head



       Friday       July 9      J. Hood Wright Plgd.- 175 St. & Ft.               11 A.M. & 3 P.M.
                                              Washington Avenue

        Saturday    July 10     Colonial Park, Bradhurst Avenue & 150 St. 11 A.M.& 3 P.M.

       Monday       July 12     Riverside Drive and 148 Street                     11 A.M.& 3 P.M.

        Tuesday     July 13     Riverside Drive and 103 Street                     11 **.M.& 3 P.M.

       Wednesday July 14        Riverside Drive and 74 Street                      11 A. M.& 3 P.M.

        Thursday    July 15 Heckscher Playground, 66 Street,                       11 *.M. & 3 P.M.
                                               Central Park

        Friday     July 16      Kelly Playground - 17 St. & 8 Ave .                11 A,M. &3 P.M.

        Monday     July 19      Mt. Morris East Plgd. - 123 St. &                  11 A.M. &3 P.M.
                                              Madison Ave.

        Tuesday    July 20      Thomas Jefferson Park - 112 St. &                  11 A . M . & 3P.M.
                                              East River Drive

        Wednesday July 21       Hamilton Fish Park, Pitt, Houston &                11 A.M. & 3P.M.
                                              Stanton Sts.

        Thuraday   July 22      Roosevelt Park - Chrystie & Forsythe Sts. 11 A.M. & 3 P.M.

        Friday     July 23      Columbus Park - Baxter & Worth Sts.                11 *SM. & 3P.M.

        Saturday    July 24     Chelsea Park - 28 St. & 8 Ave.                     11 A.M. & 3P.M.



        Monday      July 26     Fort Hamilton Parkway & 58 St. Plgd.               11 *.M. & 3P.M.

        Tuesday     July 27     Lindsay Playground - Lorimer St. &                 11 A. M.& 3P.M.
                                             Johnson Avenue

        Wednesday July 28       Bushwick Plgd. - Putnam, Irving &                  11 A.M. & 3P.M.
                                             Knickerbocker Aves.

        Thursday    July 29     34 St. & 3 Ave. Playground                         11 A.M. & 3P.M.

        Friday      July 30     Atlantic Avenue and Linwood Plgd.                   11 A.M. & 3P.M.

        Monday      August 2 Lincoln Terrace Playground, Buffalo                    11 A.M. &3 P.M.

                                                   and E. New York Avenues
        Tuesday    August 3                                                         11 A.M. & 3P.M.
                                Red Hook Stadium, Columbia & Bay Sts.
        Wednesday August 4                                                          11 A.M. & 3P.M.
                                Gravesend Plgd., 56 St. & 18 Ave.
        Thursday August 5                                                          11 A.M. & 3 P.M.
                                Neptune avenue & W. 28 St. Plgd.

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          Friday     August 6    Seth Low and Avenue P Playground                  11 A.M. & 3 P.M.

          Saturday August 7      Howard, Pacific & Dean Sts. Plgd.                 11 A.M. & 3 P.M.

QUE3H3:

          Monday     August 9    Astoria Park - Ditmars Blvd., 19 St., 11 A.M. & 3 P.M.
                                            25 AVB. & 2, aivr
          Tuesday August 10      Cunningham Park - Horace Harding Blvd. 11 ·"-.M. & 3 P.M.
                                             & G. C. Parkway
          Wednesday August 11 Forest Park Music Grove, Myrtle Ave.                 11 A .M, & 3 P. M.

          Thursday August 12 Grover Cleveland Park           - Grandview Ave.11 «..M. & 3 P.M.

                                               and   Stanhope St.

          Friday      august 13 O'Connor Plgd.-32 .ave. & 210 St.                  11 A .M. & 3 P.M.

          Monday     august 16   Liberty Park - Liberty *.ve. & 172 St. 11 A.M. & 3 P.M.

          Tuesday august 1?      Van Wyck Plgd. 11 Ave. & 134-5 Sts.               11 A.M, & 3 P.M.

          Wednesday august 18 Queensbridge - Vernon Blvd. & Bridge                 11 A.M. & 3 P.M.
                                          Plaza North, L.I.C.
          Thursday August 19 Juniper Valley Park-Dry Harbor Hoad                   11 A. M. a 3 P.M.
                                           & 63 Ave., Slmhurst

          Friday      august 20 Springfield Pond Park- Springfield Blvd.
                                            and Sheffield Ave.         11 *., M. & 3 P. M.

          Saturday August 21 Alley Pond Park - G. C, Parkway &                                 3 P.M.

                                                Winchester Blvd.

BROHX:

          Monday      ivugust 23 Mullaly Plgd. - Jerome u.ve. & 3. 165 St. 11 «..M.& 3 P.M.

          Tuesday     august 24 Claremont Park No. - Teller & Mt. Eden               11 «..M. & 3 P.M.

                                                                  Ave.

          Wednesday August 25 Poe Park - Grand Concourse & 192 S t .                 11 A.M. & 3P.M.

          Thursday    august 26 Van Cortlandt Park, 241 Street & Broadway 11 A.M. &3P.M.

          Friday     August 27   Bronx xiiver Parkway and 203 S t . Plgd.            11 **.M. & 3 P.M.

          Monday     august 30   S t . Mary's Playground JS., T r i n i t y ^ve.     11 *»..M. & 3 P.M.

                                                 and S. 146 S t .

          Tuesday August 31      Watson, Gleason and Noble ^ves, Plgd.               11 «..M. & 3 P.M.

          Wednesday Sept. 1      Water bury, Edison and La Salle Aves.               11 <*»M. & 3 P.M.

                                                       Playground

          Thursday    Sept. 2    Bronx Blvd. & Rosewood St. Playground               11 **»M. & 3 P.M.
          Saturday    Sept. 4    Pulaski Playground, East 133 Street                 11 <*.M. & 3 P.M.
          Friday      Sept. 3    Crotona Park Playground  ?f9, Crotona
                                              and Willis Avenue                      11 ~.^. & 3 P.M.
                                             Park "». & ^linton

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                        The Department of Parks announces the second of a

         series of four Kauniburg Memorial concerts w i l l be given or.

         t h e Mall, Central Park, on Independence Day, July 4, at 8:15

         P.M.     The two remaining concerts w i l l be given on July 31 and

         Labor Day.

                        This concert series is contributed "by Ivlr. Walt her

         Haumburg and Mr. George W. Haumburg, in memory of t h e i r father

         Elican ITaumburg, ·who donated t h e bandstand on the Mall.

                        This concert w i l l bo given by the LTaumburg orchestra,

         with Richard Sorrier Bales as conductor, and Roman Toteriberg

         as the v i o l i n S o l o i s t .   The program w i l l include various

         well-known selections by S t r a u s s , Tschailcowsky, Rossini, Bach-

        Wilhelmj and Saint-Saens.




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                                                    MEMORANDUM
                                           DEPARTMENT OF PARKS
                                               CITY OF NEW YORK

TO:                          John W. Heaslip, Jr.                    July 1, 1943
FROM:                        Dr. H. Nimphius
                     SUBJECT




                                        Three gorillas from Belgian Congo, Africa, arrived

                             at Mr. Henry Treflich's, 215 ?ulton Street, New York City, in

                             April, 1943, captured and shipped by Mr. Peter Carroll, agent:

                             one female, age 3 years, weight 52 lbs, one female, age 4 years,

                             weight 63 lbs., one male, 6 years, weight 73 lbs.

                                        These animals are not related to each other. These

                             are the first gorillas aa»r owned and housed by the Department

                             of Parks of New York City. [^Previous to this, Martin Johnson

                             temporarily housed two guerillas at Central Park Zoo in 1930J




                                                                     Dr. H. Nimphius


                             HN/mkc




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