These nineteen buildings, ranging from six to fourteen stories, were placed at an angle to the street grid to create an area that would serve as a tree-lined park. It had badly deteriorated by the 1960s, prompting the Parks Department to turn it into a park with innovative playgrounds, fountains, and an outdoor theater. After its dedication by Lady Bird Johnson, the Village Voice exulted that, For once, the poor of the city have the best of it. That was in 1966. Today, much of Riis Houses’ plaza has been destroyed because of what city officials have deemed safety problems.
JACOB RIIS HOUSES NEW YORK Photo Gallery