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We'd like to thank everybody!
In developing the website we've had the opportunity to interact with a number
of interesting writers, photographers, curators and others involved with play,
kids and urban environments. We want to thank these people for their support
and highlight some of the work they've done.
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- Beryl Goldberg
Beryl Goldberg is a professional photographer living in NYC. For over 20
years, Beryl has photographed extensively in NYC and in many other places
throughout the world. She describes her work as "interesting photographs of
people in all their wonderful variety." Beryl may be contacted by calling her
at 212-222-8215, or faxed at 212-222-4392. Please visit Beryl's photos displayed on this site.
Authors and Books
Some great books have been written about urban play and the games described on
this site. Unfortunately, many of these books are either difficult to find or
no longer in print. Please see the following descriptions and
- City Play
By Amanda Dagan and Steven Zeitlin
Rutgers University Press - New Brunswick © 1990
A classic on the role of play in our urban culture. Drawing on a wide variety
of written and oral historical information the authors explore the nature of
play and the impact of the urban environment upon children's activity.
Focusing on NYC, the authors reveal how environmental features (streets,
walls, stoops, rivers, etc), socio-economic forces, gender roles, ethnicity
and other factors influence play, children's world view and culture. The text
is both insightful and quite readable. You can choose to concentrate on the
sociological perspective, memories from scores of "the natives" or the wealth
of classic photos that capture the range of playful activities.
The authors have graciously allowed us to excerpt the book here: please take a
look at our feature, City Play, the virtual coffee-table
This book is still available - and a must read for anyone at all
interested in this subject. For further information contact City Lore at
- Games in the Street
By Rachel Gallagher Illustrated with photographs by Jaydie
Published by Four Winds Press - New York c. 1976
The text covers a lot, including how to build scooters, play a wide range of
ball games, engage in about 15 kinds of tag or just choose one of an endless
selection whimsical activities for summer and winter fun. Easy to read, with
a comfortable mix of good photos and clear illustrations.
- The Great American Book of Street Games
By Fred Feretti
Published by Workman Publishing Company - New York, 1975.
Probably the most authoritative work on the urban games described in this
site. Includes discussions on nuances and the alternative names and rules for
the games depending on different neighborhoods. Similarly as in this website,
games are broken down by environment (Sidewalks, Stoops, Dirt, Curbs, Alleys).
Text brings back memories past eras, intermixed with clear rules, diagrams and
- Hanging Out
By James Wagenvoord
Published by J.B. Lippincott Company - Philadelphia, 1974.
An wonderful essay and pictography of games and play in various inner city
neighborhoods. This book is really a work of art. The photos are absolutely
magnificent, capturing the essence of the urban play experience.
Unfortunately this book is out of print. We haven't even been able to track
down the author. James, if you're out there, please contact us.
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Museums and Resource Centers
The following organizations have been a resource for us in developing this
- City Lore, located 2nd Ave. Organization dedicated to the study and
understanding of urban culture. Contact Steve Zeitlin or Amanda Dargan at
- The New York City Police Athletic League A group often overlooked, that has been an
important resource for urban kids throughout this century. Main office
located on 13 1/2 E 12th Street NY 10003 212-477-9450. Thanks to Fran
Gilstein for photo access.
- New York City Department of Parks & Recreation The NYC Parks Department has a
large collection of photographs of many of the events it has sponsored over
the years. Thanks to Donald Glassman, for assistance in searching through the
material for photos that were relevant to this site.
- Brooklyn Public Library Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn NY 11238. The
library has the collection of photos from the no longer existent Brooklyn
Eagle and Mirror. Thanks to Judith Walsh & Julie Moffat in the Brooklyn
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The following businesses have helped us develop site.
- Thanks to Good Humor and Breyers.
Also thanks to Lisa Piasecki of McDowell and Piasecki Chicago Illinois for the
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