I think it’s safe to say that everyone in the neighborhood feels that the NYU Coles Sports and Recreation Center is an eyesore. The windowless, colorless, characterless building that spans the west side of Mercer Street from Houston to Bleecker Street is not only ugly, but the land in front of it, the dog park on the corner and the playground just north of it, whose gates have been chained shut for as long as I can remember, is sinking and is forever in need of repair.
Before downtown playgrounds became overcrowded, superstar architect-designed, paparazzi magnets, we had the NYU playground (I don't know if it had an official name). It was located on the plot of land where the NYU Coles Sports and Recreation Center now sits, just east of the Silver Towers.
Apr 16 2011
The SoHo Memory Project celebrates the history of SoHo as a New York City neighborhood.