In addition to it's convenience to other park attractions, one of the things I like most about this playground is that it tends to not get overcrowded. It can fill up in the summer a bit more, but it's big enough that it doesn't tend to be too claustrophobic or chaotic. There are two large climbing areas (one for older children and one for the younger ones) which are separated by a sandbox, sprinklers (when the weather is warm enough) and tire swings. There are plenty of benches along the perimeter that offer both shady and sunny spots to sit in. The playground equipment itself also has areas of both of sun and shade, so you can opt for different spots depending on the weather. The sandbox, however, is in the middle of the playground and is unshaded, so if you're planning to hang there be sure to have your floppy hats and sunscreen. There is also a swing area that has baby swings, however, this playground does not have any "big kid" swings (although it does have two tire swings that are mostly in the shade). In addition the the usual climbing and sliding equipment, Lincoln playground also features "music switches" (I don't know the proper name for these) that let kids "ring" a bell/note by pressing a little thing that looks like a small light-switch, and angled parallel bars that allow children to "slide" down supported by their underarms (this works best with long sleeves so that the child can comfortably slide down without getting stuck or hurt from their skin sticking to the bars).
This week is NYC wildflower week and around the entrance to Lincoln playground are some beautiful flowering trees. We also saw and smelled even more wonderful flowers during our walk through the park to get there, so, we thought that "flower" would be a fitting sign for this week.