As a direct result of park hopping the girls and I have discovered we like maps in playgrounds. They are a source of constant entertainment whether we are jumping from one continent to another or obeying traffic of the painted roads. Howard Bennet Playground has an awesome neighborhood map (a little old a weathered) as well as a staggering 6 different jungle gyms. An attached tennis court and a few chess tables attract some non-kid adults, so make sure to keep an extra eye out. The playground is wedged in the middle of the Harlem Hospital Center, so there's not much going on around you. There are, however, plenty of bodegas and a grocery store within a block. I like to buy bodega sandwiches because they tend to be cheaper the higher you go in Manhattan. Overall, this playground gained a lot of points because there was a park staff member.
• Big • Staff • Map of the Neighborhood
• Non-Kid Adults
What It's Got
• 2 Swings • 2 Baby Swings • 5 Jungle Gyms (Including a separate Tots) • 6 Slides • Shower Sprinkler • 2 Monkey Bars • Various Pull-Up Bars • Map of the Neighborhood • Chess Tables • "Telephone" Speakers • Musical Pulleys • Tennis Courts • Handball Courts • Trashcans • Hard-Rubber Tile/Pavement • Working Water Fountain
What Parents/Nannies Should Know
• 1 Entrance • Bathrooms Inside Gates • Some Blindspots (the park is big) • Some Non-Kid adults • All Shade
• 2/3 Subway Station
Ratings: (out of 5)
"I like talkin' in the speaker things."