SSP History

Stuyvesant Square Park is a true neighborhood oasis. Uniquely situated on both the east and west sideĀ of 2nd Avenue from 15th to 17th Streets, the park is the centerpiece of the Stuyvesant Square Historic District. It is named for Petrus (Peter) Stuyvesant, the last Director-General of the Dutch colony of New Netherlands. In 1836 Peter Gerard Stuyvesant (1778-1847) and his wife Helen Rutherford reserved four acres of the family farm and sold it for five dollars to the City of New York as a public park. With its thriving gardens, picnic area and dog run, the park is an inviting gathering spot for those who live in and frequent the neighborhood.

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