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Summer Play Street

New York City youngsters can now play traditional sidewalk games, develop their creativity through the arts, and learn from a wide range of educational, recreational and cultural arts specialists thanks to the Police Athletic League (PAL), which launched its 2008 Summer Program in Brooklyn.

PAL’s Summer Play Street Program closes off streets and utilizes other public areas, such as playgrounds and parks, throughout New York City to provide children with safe, supervised places to enjoy outdoor summer activities. Play Streets offer sports, arts and crafts, games, music and dance. Featured activities include Double Dutch jump rope, Hopscotch, Nok Hockey and basketball.

The PAL is operating throughout the five boroughs this summer, including more than 100 Play Streets, 19 Cops & Kids flag football, volleyball, basketball, soccer and softball teams, and day camps. Play Streets are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and are free to all New York City children.

Brooklyn’s playsites include: Bill Brown Park, Bedford Avenue & Avenue X; Fox Playground, East 52nd Street & Avenue H; Nazareth High School, 475 East 57th Street; between Avenue D & Clarendon Road; Canarsie Playground, Seaview Park, Seaview Avenue between East 92nd & East 93rd streets; Marine Park, Fillmore Avenue & Marine Park Parkway; Paerdegat Park, between East 40th & East 41st street and Farragut Road & Foster Avenue; 2021 Bergen Street Park between Boyland Street & Rockaway Boulevard; and Lincoln Terrace Park, Union Street, between Portal & Ralph avenues.

This year, MetLife Foundation and the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation are sponsoring the Play Street Program.

For more, visit www.palnyc.org.

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