The most unique thing about this playground is that it has kind of evolved into the land of abandoned toys... old plastic push toys, a toy house, exersaucers, a spring horse, "big kid" bikes with training wheels... even some stuffed animals every now and then. All are old, many are broken - but the kids think they are the greatest and often even get into little tug-of-wars over them.
In addition to the toy assortment, Underhill playground has two main play areas (one for big kids and one for the little guys) that are separated by sprinklers (in the warmer weather) and a fairly big entrance path with an incline that makes it a lot of fun to ride the wheeled toys and bikes down. In the warmer months, this playground has a resident attendant who mostly hangs outside of the bathrooms (located in the rear of the playground) and blasts the Oldies station... which really gives the playground a fun vibe, especially in the summer with the sprinklers going. Down a few steps on either side of the bathrooms in the rear of the playground are two open cement areas where children often play with balls or ride bikes around. To the far right in the rear are some baby swings and to the far left is a little grassy area that can be nice to hang out in or picnic on sometimes.
During the bad storms we had last fall, the playground lost two of the large trees that previously provided most of the shade on the little kid's side of the playground, so that side is pretty bright now. However, there are still tree islands near the sprinklers and three or four of the benches around the perimeter still provide some shade.
Underhill playground could use some more shade, big kid swings and a sandbox... and it does tend to get pretty packed midday in the summer... but I still give it an A - The assortment of old toys combined with the oldies music definitely make it worth a trip or two this summer.
May is bike month in NYC and Underhill playground has an assortment of old bikes to experiment on, so our sign this week is "bicycle".