This pretty, upscale former bohemia is the soul of downtown.
Thu Nov 20 2008
Parks and playgrounds
The Downing Street Playground (Downing St at Bleecker St) is famous for its secure, jewel-box-like setting: The equipment sits in a courtyard surrounded by brick walls set with octagonal windows. At the foot of Charles Street at the West Side Highway, you’ll find the entrance to Hudson River Park and the Charles Street Pier, which provides an expansive, AstroTurf-covered play area for tykes to romp in while you gaze at the river. The Corporal John A. Seravalli Playground (Gansevoort St between Hudson and W 4th Sts) and the Bleecker Playground (W 11th St between Bleecker and Hudson Sts) are both centrally located. Families closer to Soho or Tribeca frequent James J. Walker Park and the Carmine Recreation Center and Pool, which sit athwart Seventh Avenue South and Clarkson Street.