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Is Brooklyn’s Kentile Floors sign coming back in a NYC playground?

Is Brooklyn’s Kentile Floors sign coming back in a NYC playground?
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Dan Nguyen

Many F/G subway commuters mourned the loss of the beloved Kentile Floors sign in 2014 (has it been that long?!), but there's good news coming your way! As it turns out, the sign is likely getting a new home at Gowanus' forgotten Under the Tracks Playground (below the F and G tracks on Second and Third Aves/ 9th and 10th Sts (reported by Curbed) thanks to the Gowanus Alliance. The sign's letters have remained in warehouse storage for future use.

The Under the Tracks Playground has been closed for a very long time due to the Culver Viaduct project, but now there are concrete plans to reopen with the Kentile Floors sign as public art on the ground, rather than high in the sky atop a building. The Playground, of course, will get a much-needed transformation, as will the surrounding park with new greenery, basketball courts and plenty of seating for families. We'll keep you updated as we get more details!

P.S. For those who don't know, Kentile Floors was a company that made cork, vinyl and rubber floor tiles, and it was one of the leading tile producers in the United States in the '50s and '60s.

While you're waiting, check out our updates on the Chelsea Waterside Play Area and see our list of other exciting kids' playgrounds around the city!

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