Aymar Embury II Gallery of NYC New Deal Projects - Photo #121 - Sara Delano Roosevelt Park - Manhattan

Photo: NYC Parks Department
Sara Delano Roosevelt Park. In Manhattan, seven blocks long; bounded by Chrystie, Forsyth, Canal and Houston Streets; built by FERA and/or CWA, New Deal agencies that preceded the WPA, and opened in 1934[1]. Also called Chrystie-Forsyth Park. Architect: Aymar Embury II[2,3] (Embury is often credited as architect of the park itself — and he very well may be — but I can't verify that; however he did design most of the structures in the park.)
  1. NYC Parks Department Press release, 12 September 1934.
  2. Manhattan New Building Database 1900-1986, Office for Metropolitan History. Lists Embury as architect for the following structures in Chrystie & Forsyth Park: four comfort stations (DOB 12, 23, 24, 25), playground and wading pool (DOB 37).
  3. City Playground Will Cost $530,000, New York Times, 20 April 1934, p.40: "Plans for improving the Chrystie-Forsyth Street property with a playground and wading pools for boys and girls were filed yesterday for the Department of Parks by Aymar Embury 2d, architect. The improvement affects the seven blocks bounded by Chrystie, Forsyth, Houston, and Canal Street and will cost $530,000.