Bensonhurst

Seth Low Playground



About

Seth Low Playground, bounded by Bay Parkway, Avenue P, and West 12th Street, is located in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn and is adjacent to the Seth Low Intermediate School. Bensonhurst was once a rural section of the Dutch colonial town of New Utrecht. In the 1880s, land developer James Lynch bought land from the Benson family, after whom the neighborhood is named, and converted it into an exclusive community which he named Bensonhurst-by-the-Sea. When the area was linked with Manhattan by the Fourth Avenue subway line in 1915, the population rapidly increased. Two- and three-family houses and apartment buildings were built during the 1920s for the growing population of Italians and Jews from the Lower East Side. Following World War II (1939-1945), Bensonhurst continued to grow. It was immortalized in “The Honeymooners,” a classic television show set in Bensonhurst that aired from 1952 to 1957.