Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino Park

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Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino Park
(formerly Satellite Park)
Map of New York City
Map of New York City
Location of Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino Park in New York City
LocationNew York City (Bensonhurst, Brooklyn), New York
Coordinates40°37′9″N 73°59′54″W / 40.61917°N 73.99833°W / 40.61917; -73.99833Coordinates: 40°37′9″N 73°59′54″W / 40.61917°N 73.99833°W / 40.61917; -73.99833[1]
Area0.87 acres (0.352 ha; 0.001 sq mi)
Elevation49 feet (15 m)
OpenedMay 24, 1935 (1935-05-24)
FounderCity of New York
EtymologyNamed after Lt. Joseph Petrosino, NYPD
Operated byNew York City Department of Parks & Recreation
OpenAll year 6:00 am – 1:00 am[2]
DesignationPlayground as defined in New York City Charter Chapter 21[3]
ParkingStreet parking
Public transit accessSubway: "D" train train at 71st Street

Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino Park is a New York City public park located in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York City between 70th Street to the north, 71st Street to the south, 16th Avenue to the east, and New Utrecht Avenue to the west. It is on the east side of the 71st Street subway station (D train). This part of Bensonhurst was within the Town of Nieuw Utrecht when it was founded during the Dutch colonial era in 1657. The town had its name Anglicized to New Utrecht during the English colonial era. The town lost its autonomous status and became part of the City of Brooklyn in 1894. Since 16th Avenue and New Utrecht Avenue do not run parallel to each other, the footprint of the park is trapezoidal in shape.[4]

The land for the park was purchased by the City of New York in 1929, and the park was opened on May 24, 1935. It was originally called Satellite Park. When it opened, the park had handball courts, slides, swings, a wading pool, jungle gym, and a recreation building around its perimeter. A basketball court was later added on the southern side of the park extending from east to west. In 1993, the park underwent a $700,000 reconstruction. The handball courts, basketball court, and children's playground were renovated. The city installed new benches, fencing, lights and landscaping and improved the drainage. In 1999, the New York City Council renamed the park after Lt. Joseph Petrosino, NYPD.[4]

It features:

  • Basketball court
  • Handball courts
  • Children's playground
  • Spray showers[5]


  1. ^ "Map of Location of Lt. Joseph Petrosino Park". Google Maps. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  2. ^ "Rules & Regulations of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation §1-03 General Provisions". New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  3. ^ "New York City Charter As Amended through July 2004" (PDF). Government of the City of New York. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Lt. Joseph Petrosino Park – History". New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  5. ^ "Lt. Joseph Petrosino Park – Main". New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved December 23, 2014.