Place in History

The Brooklyn Playgrounds Project

Years: 2001-2003
Project: Photographic exhibits examining the history and significance of urban play spaces in a city obsessed with work.
  • Panel and Photo Exhibit

    November, 2001

    Held at Place in History's former Gowanus headquarters, the exhibit featured photographs by Matthew Mitchell. Playgrounds examined included those in Brownsville, Coney Island/Brighton Beach, Flatbush, Greenpoint, Kensington, Marine Park, Park Slope, and Sunset Park. The event also featured a panel discussion on the historical role of playgrounds in Brooklyn. Read the transcript.

  • Outdoor Event at McCarren Park: Co-sponsored by McCarren Park Moms

    November, 2002

    This event included direct input from several children from St. Cecilia's school who described their own experiences at playgrounds. The event also featured the installation of lexan photo prints and text images in McCarren Park in Williamsburg.

  • Ninth Street Playground Installation

    May - August 2003

    An installation of 16 outdoor prints in Prospect Park’s 9th Street playground.


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