A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from March 14, 2011
Prostitution Park (Crispus Attucks Park)

Crispus Attucks Park (also called the Crispus Attucks Playground) is located in Clinton Hill in Brooklyn. In March 2011, the park was frequented by so many prostitutes and drug addicts that news reports dubbed it “Prostitution Park.”


New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
Crispus Attucks Playground
Classon Ave. Bet. Fulton St. And Lefferts Pl.Brooklyn
Acres: 0.93
This playground is named for Crispus Attucks (c. 1723-1770), an African American killed in the Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770. Unfortunately, historians know little about Attucks’s early life. They believe that he was a runaway slave of mixed African and Native American descent from Framingham, Massachusetts, who spent more than 20 years working on ships sailing from Boston.
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Located at the intersection of Fulton Street and Classon Avenue, Parks acquired this site in 1926. Eight years later, the Board of Aldermen designated this park Crispus Attucks Playground, making it the first Parks facility named for an African American. Parks opened this playground simultaneously with two others in Manhattan and the Bronx on Sunday, October 28, 1934, at 3:30 p.m.

In 1989, Crispus Attucks Playground underwent a comprehensive renovation.

New York (NY) Daily News
Locals want Brooklyn problem park, filled with prostitutes and drug addicts, cleaned up
BY JAKE PEARSON
DAILY NEWS WRITER
Thursday, March 03, 2011
A Clinton Hill park is flooded at night with drug addicts, prostitutes and unsavory characters because the city won’t lock the gates, angry neighbors are charging.

For years, neighbors’ complaints about the nightly problems at Crispus Attucks Playground on Fulton St. and Classon Ave. have gone nowhere.

WPIX (New York, NY)
Brooklyn Residents To Take Back ‘Prostitution Park’
By JEREMY TANNER and MONICA MORALES
pix11.com
7:20 p.m. EST, March 7, 2011
CLINTON HILL, NY (PIX 11)
Some Clinton Hill parents say they are fed up with the prostitution and drug use that descends on their local park after sundown, and they are determined to take it back.

Crispus Attucks Park on Classon Avenue and Fulton Street is patrolled by the NYPD, but Clinton Hill neighbors are starting their own watch.

Gothamist
Brooklyn’s “Prostitution Park” Not As Fun As It Sounds
By Jaya Saxena in News on March 8, 2011 5:04 PM
Crispus Attucks Park in Clinton Hill has earned the nickname “Prostitution Park” from locals, and they’re not too happy about it. “Prostitution, drugs, crack vials all over the place at night, people defecating on the bushes,” Henry Hernandez told WPIX.

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