Seward Park

Essex Street, Canal Street, and East Broadway
New York, NY | website | map
Nearest subway station: F @ E. Broadway
Nearest elevator subway station: 6 @ Canal St.

Park features: A playground, a basketball court, open cement turf that can be used for volleyball and other activities, plenty of benches and trees.

Playground: An immense space with clearly divided play sections. Closest to the active entrance on E. Broadway (the gate on Essex St. is locked), is a toddler play structure and separate section with bucket, sling, and special needs swings. Directly north are an intermediate play structure, a large water play area, and finally the most advanced play structure. There is no sand.

Playground safety notes: This is a big playground and it can be hard to keep track of children at different ends of the park. There are two gates for entry and exit, on E. Broadway and Essex St., but the latter is locked. The playground is surrounded by trees, offering big pockets of natural shade on sunny days.

Public restrooms: Yes, but no changing table.

Food & drink: There are plenty of restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops in the immediate Lower East Side-Chinatown neighborhood.

Other info: SummerStage Kids presents a series of free performances for children. The Seward Park branch of the New York Public Library lies directly east of the park. Saturdays from April through October bring the Hester Street Fair to the northern edge of the park.

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