Holcombe Rucker Park, New York City

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#63 of 76 in Parks in New York City
Rucker Park is a basketball court in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, at 155th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard across the street from the former Polo Grounds site; it is geographically at the base of a large cliff named Coogan's Bluff. Many who played at the park in the Rucker Tournament achieved a level of fame for their abilities, and several have gone on to play in the NBA.Rucker Park was featured in the TNT television film On Hallowed Ground: Streetball Champions of Rucker Park, which aired in 2000 and won a Sports Emmy Award.HistoryThe court is named after Holcombe Rucker, a local teacher and a playground director for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Rucker started a basketball tournament in 1950 in order to help less-fortunate kids stay off the streets and aim for college careers. The players in the Rucker Tournament featured slam dunks, crossover dribbles, and bravado that excited the crowd, a playing style then foreign to the National Basketball Association (NBA).
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  • THE Playground par excellence in New York. The pitch is located in the northern part of Harlem and reflects the character of the area in full.
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  • We almost ended up not visiting because a police officer told us it's too dangerous to go. Nonsense! When we arrived, there were two middle aged women having a coffee in the stands, an older guy playi...  more »
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  • This Rucker park looks very nice it would be even nicer if they have basketball pumps too so they could pump it up. Also I like how it looks this is Jermaine Hyde and I love that park. Very clean too i could spend all day and night over there.
  • Rucker speaks for itself. I mean, this is where the greatest have played. Took my 9 year old son up there for a shoot around and we had a blast! Well kept park and enjoyed the experience.
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