NYC - Harlem: Polo Grounds Towers

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    The fourth and final incarnation of the Polo Grounds, home to, at different times, the New York Giants was demolished in 1964, and a public housing project--the fourt 30-story apartment building The Polo Grounds Towers was erected on the site. Willie Mays Field (an asphalt playground with 6 basketball courts) is where center field used to be; a brass historical marker notes the spot. Demolition of the Polo Grounds began in April of that year with the same wrecking ball that had been used four years earlier on Ebbets Field. The wrecking crew wore Giants jerseys and tipped their hard hats to the historic stadium as they began the dismantling. It took a crew of 60 workers more than four months to level the structure.

    The Polo Grounds IV served as home to the following teams:
    * New York Giants (NL), 1911-1957
    * New York Yankees (AL), 1913-1922
    * New York Giants (NFL), 1925-1955
    * New York Bulldogs (NFL), 1949
    * New York Titans/Jets (AFL), 1960-1963
    * New York Mets (NL), 1962-1963

    1. James Hanlon 93 months ago | reply

      Great capture and narrative defining the character of this site and it's place in NY history.
      Seen in NYC 5

      I didn't know that the Mets had played for a year here - thanks for the info!

    2. wallyg 93 months ago | reply

      the mets played there for 2 years, actually, while shea stadium was being built.

    3. Bob M. 87 months ago | reply

      Nice shot. By now they've probably torn down the sign. Memories!

    4. hulagirl25 69 months ago | reply

      be careful, we went here to have some soul food and was verbally abused as we were getting out of the subway, very prejudiced. So sad.

    5. redseaz155 63 months ago | reply

      Not a good place for tourist lol I live a couple blocks from there....Polo Grounds is known for violence.

    6. wallyg 47 months ago | reply


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