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Harlem now has two newly renamed public places: James Baldwin Lawn and Langston Hughes Playground

Updated: Dec 2, 2020

Harlem's James Baldwin Lawn
The newly renamed James Baldwin Lawn in Harlem's St. Nicholas Park

Thanks to a citywide initiative to honor the Black experience, Harlem now has a pair of newly renamed public spaces celebrating two local literary giants.

The sloping hill in St. Nicholas Park on St. Nicholas Avenue and 135th Street is now known as the James Baldwin Lawn, while a playground on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and 130th Street is now the Langston Hughes Playground.

Harlem's renamed public places: Langton Hughes Playground
The Langston Hughes Playground on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd and 130th St.

On Saturday Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver dedicated the two spaces at a ceremony in St. Nicholas Park.

"The names of these spaces...represent a renewed effort to incorporate Black history into the fabric of our city," said Silver at the event. "Here we honor the legacies of two beloved New York icons and ground-breaking writers who famously captured the Black experience in America."

A total of 10 park spaces throughout the city have been renamed after important Black New Yorkers this month, with more to come.

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