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  • The Fortune Society

    Founded in 1967, The Fortune Society’s vision is to create a world where all who are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated can become positive, contributing members of society. We do this through a holistic, one-stop model of service provision. Our continuum of care, informed and implemented by professionals with cultural backgrounds read more

  • Brower Park (Brooklyn, NY)

    Located in the heart of Crown Heights, Brower Park has been an outstanding educational and recreational resource for children for over a century. The City of Brooklyn purchased what is now the southern portion of the park in 1892 and improved the property within two years. The 1894 Annual Report read more

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park (Brooklyn, NY)

    Spanning over 1.3 miles of Brooklyn’s waterfront, from the Columbia Heights waterfront district to the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO, this treasure of a park offers breathtaking views of Lower Manhattan’s panoramic skyline and the New York Harbor. Tourists and New Yorkers alike can be seen admiring the iconic cityscape across read more

  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden (Brooklyn, NY)

    Originally a marshy wasteland, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden has been transformed into one of New York City’s most beautiful parks. The Wisconsin Iceberg that shaped Long Island, Manhattan, and the Bronx millions of years ago gave this land its unique knob-and-kettle terrain of small ponds and hills by carving depressions read more

  • Brighton Playground (Brooklyn, NY)

    This playground is located at Brighton 2nd Street, Brightwater Court, and the Boardwalk in the Brighton Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn. In 1868 entrepreneur William A. Engeman began to purchase land in the area and transformed a tract of marsh land and sand dunes into fairgrounds, hotels, and a bathing pavilion. read more

  • Brevoort Playground (Brooklyn, NY)

    This playground and the adjacent housing development were built at the same time and are named for one of New York’s oldest families, the Brevoorts. Today, the Brevoort real estate firm still maintains some of the family’s holdings, including a Manhattan residential building called the Brevoort at 11 Fifth Avenue. read more

  • Berry Playground (Brooklyn, NY)

    This playground, located on South Third Street, with Bedford Avenue to its east, is named for Berry Street, to its west. Berry Street was named for the Berry family, among the earliest settlers of Williamsburg, who owned a considerable portion of it for more than a century. Williamsburg’s first mayor, read more

  • Bensonhurst Park (Brooklyn, NY)

    This site and the surrounding neighborhood of Bensonhurst grew exponentially following the construction of steam railroads in the 1870s. This new technology led to the development of the agricultural town of New Utrecht, located in the southwestern region of what is now Brooklyn. In the late 1880s, developer James Lynch read more

  • Belmont Playground (Brooklyn, NY)

    Bounded by Pitkin Avenue, North Conduit Avenue, Drew Street, Forbell Street, and Belmont Avenue, Belmont Playground, as with the adjacent avenue, is named for August Belmont (1816-1890), a wealthy financier and diplomat. Belmont was born August Schonberg in the Rhineland-Palatinate portion of Germany. Born poor, and facing discrimination because he read more

  • Bayview Playground (Brooklyn, NY)

    This playground takes its name from the adjacent Bayview Houses, which overlook historic Jamaica Bay. The development is bordered on three sides by Canarsie Park and on the fourth by Seaview Avenue. The name for Canarsie Park comes from the Canarsie (or Canarsee) Indians, who lived in this area. They read more

  • Bartlett Playground (Brooklyn, NY)

    Both this playground and the adjacent Bartlett Street are named in honor of Josiah Bartlett (1729-1795), signer of the Declaration of Independence and the first Governor of New Hampshire. Dr. Josiah Bartlett was in many ways an ordinary man who achieved greatness by acting with distinction in extraordinary times. Unlike read more

  • Bushwick Inlet Park (Brooklyn, NY)

    Bushwick Inlet Park is the centerpiece of the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Waterfront. This park incorporates natural and urban structures, bringing Greenpoint’s waterfront and natural areas into the community around it. Visitors can admire the views or use the park’s facilities for active recreation. The park includes a multipurpose field for soccer, football, read more

  • Bildersee Playground (Brooklyn, NY)

    This playground is bounded by East 81st and 82nd Streets, Avenue J, and Flatlands Avenue. It stands near Intermediate School 68, also known as the Bildersee School. Both the playground and school are named for Issac Bildersee (1887-1952), the controversial assistant superintendent of Brooklyn public schools during the 1940s. Born read more

  • Benson Playground (Brooklyn, NY)

    This playground honors Egbert Benson (1746-1833), an attorney and statesman who contributed his name to the neighborhood of Bensonhurst. After graduating from King’s College (the original name of Columbia University) in 1765, Benson began his political career as an outspoken Revolutionary War patriot who went on to become New York read more

  • Bedford Playground (Brooklyn, NY)

    Located on the southeast corner of Bedford Avenue and South 9th Street, this playground takes its name from the avenue running along its west side. The term Bedford has three possible origins. English settlers may have used the name in tribute to the Duke of Bedford, or for Bedfordshire County read more

  • Bath Playground (Brooklyn, NY)

    The neighborhood of Bath Beach is named for the town of Bath, England, home to an impressive complex of Roman baths. The Romans founded the town in the 1st century A.D., and named it Aquae Sulfis – “Hot Springs” – because they found hot springs naturally occurring there. The Romans read more

  • Banneker Playground (Brooklyn, NY)

    Banneker Playground is named in honor of Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806), a noted African-American writer and mathematician. Born a free man in Maryland, Banneker worked much of his life on the family farm. By the age of twenty-two, Banneker had become known for occupying himself with mathematical puzzles, and he had read more