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Rucker Park

Map & Directions 155th St. & Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, NY 10039


Village Voice's Description

Entertainer's is one of two star-studded leagues that operate each summer at Rucker Park, the legendary Harlem playground at 155th Street and Eighth Avenue. Over the years, these rims have been bent by the likes of Kareem Abdul Jabbar (back when he was still Lew Alcindor) and Kobe Bryant (before the scandal). Originally just named P.S. 156, the courts were dedicated in 1974 to Holcombe Rucker, a heroic Parks Department employee who created a refuge for neighborhood youth underneath the halos of these rims (and begat a veritable brand name).

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  • VH1 on 07/13/10

    TO and Ocho ballin' at the famous Rucker Park NYC. TO's got bunnies - he just dunked!!!

  • Brisk on 11/05/10

    "Rucker game attender,With the Bent parked on the sidewalk with the temp plates on the fender" - Jay-Z "Welcome to New York City"

  • PHOTO: From 1889 to 1964 the spot across 8th Ave was known as Polo Grounds, and was the baseball field for the New York Giants. Click "More Info" for an aerial view of the field from 1951!

  • BET on 02/01/13

    A wide variety of NBA, college & streetball players have added to the historic legacy of the park. See some noteworthy examples of African-Americans' contributions to us all: http://bet.us/BHM

  • HOT 97 on 06/29/11

    Join Hot 97 every Wednesday through 8/1 for the EBC's 30th Anniversary with even more NBA surprises & Def Jam artist making appearances.Check in every week for exclusive prizing!

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