DeSalvio Playground

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Coordinates: 40°43′18″N 73°59′46″W / 40.721787°N 73.996087°W / 40.721787; -73.996087

DeSalvio Playground
Location on the corner of Spring Street and Mulberry Street in NoLita, in Manhattan, New York City

DeSalvio Playground is a neighborhood park located on the corner of Spring Street and Mulberry Street in NoLita, in Manhattan, New York City.[1][2][3]

The playground has modular play equipment that is red, white, and green (in honor of the Italian flag), built-in stone chess tables, a basketball half-court, and benches.[1][2][4]


The park honors two leaders in New York City’s Italian-American community: John DeSalvio (1881–1948), and his son Louis DeSalvio (1910–2004).[4] John DeSalvio, a first-generation American, served as district leader of the Second Assembly District (West), and was one of a few Italian-Americans in the Tammany Hall political organization. Louis DeSalvio served as Second District New York State Assemblyman, and sponsored the creation of this playground.[4]

The City of New York acquired the property in 1954 by condemnation.[4] In 1955, Louis DeSalvio had the New York City Council enact a local law naming it "John DeSalvio Park".[4] The name was later shortened.[4] When the playground opened on December 15, 1955, it had swings, slides, seesaws, play equipment, a shower basin, game tables, and benches.[4]

In 1996 and 1997, the playground hosted the Citywide Bocce Ball Championships.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ a b Dorling Kindersley (2012). Eyewitness Travel Family Guide New York City. Penguin. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Fodor's (2012). Fodor's New York City 2013. Random House. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ "DeSalvio Playground: NYC Parks". Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "DeSalvio Playground Highlights: NYC Parks". Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Forget Baseball, Who Won in Boccie?". New York Times. October 14, 1996. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ DAVID M. HERSZENHORN (October 20, 1997). "Mayor Steps Up Campaign As Messinger Presses On". New York Times. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 

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