Jacob Riis Park

Jacob Riis Park has been popular with New York beachgoers for over a century.
Jacob Riis Park has been popular with New York beachgoers for over a century.

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Recreation for the "other half"

Originally named Seaside Beach when it opened in 1912, Jacob Riis Park was renamed after the famous journalist who reported on the plight of the poor in New York City. Riis, himself an immigrant from Denmark, is best known for his book How the Other Half Lives. A bust of the "muckracking" journalist was installed during the city park years, but disappeared in the 1960s. A group of local schoolchildren donated a new bust in 2010.

 

Dig deeper into history

The reports below can be large; PDFs may take awhile to download.

Historic Structure Report, Jacob Riis Park Historic District (1981)
Jacob Riis Park Cultural Landscape Report (1992)
Segregation and Use at Riis Park (no date)

Last updated: April 20, 2015

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