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Holcombe Rucker Park

Landmarks & Historical Sites, Active Life, Parks, Playgrounds

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Rucker Park is a basketball court in the Harlem neighborhood of the New York City borough of Manhattan. It is located at 155th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard across the street from the former Polo Grounds site.Many who played at the park achieved a level of fame for their abilities, and several have gone on to play in the NBA.

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3/30/2015

I used to go to the Rucker a lot in the summer of 06 when I lived in New York. One day, I saw Fat Joe's team beat fat Jadakiss' team (Jadakiss was way fatter than I expected); I watched Joe Forte and JR Smith play like complete amateurs, and the hype-men dogging on them while joking around with the "40+" crew behind the basket. Always a fun time.

Anyone living in or visiting New York in the summer, seeing a game at the rucker would be in my top 5 must-do activities.

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3/30/2015

Base heads, hope you got all day to wait for a game, everytime i was gonna play a dude with a name talking bout he got next,filthy bathrooms, and theres a blind guy who yells at you. Bunch of crack heads.

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3/30/2015

We visited on a Saturday midday and my 15 year old son was able to put up a few shots on this famous court. Just so historic. Later, we watched a high school level league game, attended by families and neighbors, all of whom were friendly and courteous. A great way to spend an afternoon. Definitely, we LOVED it!

The neighborhood surrounding the park seemed very accessible; I didn't see anything about it that would be considered objectionable. I say this because we spoke to a lady visitor in another part of Harlem who was from the midwest; she seemed very nervous about going to the Rucker alone. I would say I saw no reason to be nervous in the full daylight. After dark, events might not be so family-friendly, I don't know. Rucker Park is pleasant and the attraction is mainly the tournaments that are held there during the summer, and the games played there by local athletes. Worthwhile making a trip.

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3/30/2015

I was one on 3 people on the court, and I took one shot, so from now until forever, I will always be 1-1, 100% career at Rucker Park!! Great to finally get over there! The area gets a bad rep, it was not bad. Have fun

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3/30/2015

nice park. in the summer it is a great scene to enjoy harlem landscape. the main event is rucker park basketball tounament, sometimes you may catch a celebrity or two enjoying the games. also up and coming basketball talent

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4/30/2015

real good. from Puerto Rico

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7/2/2015

Great experience going to The Rucker Park. A lot of great basketball players have played at Rucker before.

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12/14/2015

Lefendary basket-ball court where some of the greatest played. There will always be a few pick up games around here at any time. The court did seem a big run down when we came by.

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1/15/2016

Cuz lil durk

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2/15/2016

Great court. Saw Obama play here w/o any Secret Service. He was cool.

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3/18/2016

I drop 36 up dere in a tourment

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3/18/2016

Always great games at Rucker park

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10/31/2016

Being way from cali it was cool seeing Rucker Park. There was some games going on. I consider myself an ok player (maybe juco or d2 level) when in shape, however most of the guys playing seemed weak. Some were good but I expected to only see hoopers at Rucker. Maybe I came on a bad day. Walking around Harlem was awesome though, it was like tv and you could feel the history.

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10/31/2016

Great place to watch some pickup games in a legendary park, but even better if you get to play.

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10/31/2016

I was glad to have seen the Legendary Rucker. Sucks that my phone was dead. You have to stop by sometime.

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10/31/2016

It's fun during labor weekend for the west indian festivities

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12/2/2016

The holy Rucker. Legends were born here. Best Basketball Court on the whole planet.

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1/2/2017

I grew up there! The building adjacent to it was once an elementary school. The park now has a grass field for turf sports.

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2/5/2017

So many people be there.I love it

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2/5/2017

Cancha que todo amante del streetball debe de visitar!

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2/5/2017

Gostei

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3/11/2017

There is always a cool breeze, there is a water fountain and best of all the view of the whitecomb bridge underside and the flowing highspeed traffic make it perfect place for any unwanted children to go play.

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3/11/2017

terrible customer service, never pick up there phone, very expensive.... not worth the headach

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4/12/2017

Lefendary basket-ball court where some of the greatest played. There will always be a few pick up games around here at any time.

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4/12/2017

Best chance to see some great basketball and by some of the elite basketball players in the league and around the world

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4/12/2017

A historic landmark that all ballers should visit.

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5/16/2017

Its a great chance to get noticed and it helped alot of nba stars become pro

This park is basketball history

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5/16/2017

I live across street from park and basketball game r good

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6/17/2017

One of Harlem's historic landmark. Top balers have had the pleasure to drop buckets in this park, you might catch your favorite balling during the summer.

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6/17/2017

The famous Rucker. Go see for yourself what the hype is all about.

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6/17/2017

Nice park to. Enjoy the day.to read.

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7/18/2017

Entertainment Basketball Classic every summer for about the last 25 years. An iconic and historic venue which still has the country's best amateurs and some professionals.

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7/18/2017

Lace up them Air's & Like Nike "Just do it" after you play a few court games your Heart will think you later by still functioning lol.

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7/18/2017

OMGGGGGGGGGGGG...So bad in the summer! It's loud and crowded because of the basketball games. The kids are rude and so are their mother's!

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7/18/2017

One of the most legendary basketball courts in the United States. Many greats in the sport of basketball had their start here, developing and honing their immense talent/skills including Kareem Abdul-Jabber, Wilt Chamberlin, Metta World Peace (lol), Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant. There have been many tournaments featured in the park and famous NBA players that have visited the park. On any given day, you can find multiple games of pick up. Players travel from all over to get the chance to play on this iconic court. It's a place for ballers to gain respect in the sport. If you're a basketball player or fan, make your way up town to Rucker Park and bring your shoes!

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8/18/2017

This is the world famous RUCKER park. Local legends, future prospects, current pros. Make this a great place to visit. You just never know who's going to pop up. Very high police presence.

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8/18/2017

Rucker park is a nice place to sit and enjoy the breeze. You can bring your kids to play in the park. They host great basketball games and other events at the park.

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8/18/2017

Excellent Ball Players Park. You Can See Up & Comers & Already Established "ICONS". When You Get A Chance Stop By Rucker Park Where Legends Are Made.

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8/18/2017

Great basketball tournaments in the summertime given by EBC (Entertainers Basketball Classic) see, NBA players, college ballers,street ballers,entertainers, musiclegends, and the like ,play ball or drop by to check out a game or too.

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9/20/2017

Legendary playground that graced the shoes of Dr j, Kobe, KD, and countless others! (And a bucket list place for me happily fulfilled)...regulars couldn't have been nicer...won a few games...lost a few others.. ran into a few guys from Chicago(like me)who ventured here to fulfill a dream.... could have let the magic of this place keep me here all day (yet the fatigue let me succumb after 4hours)...to play...or just to watch...any true hoops fan should see one of the few remaining playground meccas left...

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9/20/2017

The park had good security this summer for The games. Actually enjoyed myself

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10/22/2017

Place were street ball became street ball. It's a historic land mark in Harlem.

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11/25/2017

The most legendary iconic park you can ever go to...... shout out to all the greats ...

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12/28/2017

Love the Rucker great place when its warm plunty of ball players and great vibes #HarlemWORLD

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3/4/2018

Nice historical place to visit

Easy access from city just straight down FDR

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3/4/2018

There is a good view of the river. But it could use some more updating

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4/6/2018

It nices to sit take your kids or grandkids it clean and nobody brothers you it's a fun park πŸ‘­πŸ‘¬

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4/6/2018

I agree. It's a nice park to have in with family and friends.

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6/8/2018

Attended a birthday party for my girlfriend's daughter friend, the kids had a ball, food was great and the atmosphere enjoyable and lively! A very nice park to play in!

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7/9/2018

Free basketball games in the summer. Police presence. Pat down to gain entry. Some streetball legends may be in attendance. Funny announcers. A lot of stray people on the court at various times. Great talent

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7/9/2018

I WAS IN ATTENDANCE AS THE DJS EQUIPMENT MOVER..KOOL DJ DEE AND TYRONE THE MIXOLOGIST...

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7/9/2018

Me, my wife and kids enjoyed our brief time there....

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7/9/2018

I live across the street nice to see the games

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8/9/2018

Very clean, and my grandsons enjoyed playing on the court... where the movie Uncle Drew was filmed, and many now basketball greats have played... Thanks for a wonderful memory! πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€

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8/9/2018

It's in harlem one of the best places in the world. I'm born and raised here only thing I feel is that it should be more safe.

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9/10/2018

It was worth the trip from Albany to the Mecca of playground basketball just to be able watch my son play pickup on the same court as some legends of the past and present.

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9/10/2018

Lots of basketball games in the summer for my daughter. Nice park

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10/10/2018

On the set of NBA Street Vol. 2. I could hear "T.R.OY." by Pete Rock and CL Smooth. I just got crossed up. Just kidding. I slipped on a wet leaf.

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12/11/2018

World famous basketball courts, history is what it is! It's also my home for the last 25 years. Wow time flies!

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12/11/2018

Some of the National Basketball association's best players to come out of this park

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12/11/2018

bustling with excitement during the summer games

park with showers for the little ones

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1/12/2019

Interesting place. Basketball history.

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2/12/2019

Rucker speaks for itself. I mean, this is where the greatest have played. Took my 9 year old son up there for a shoot around and we had a blast! Well kept park and enjoyed the experience.

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2/12/2019

Back in the day basketball players from all over NYC would come here and play in a tournament Brooklyn Queens Bronx Harlem and sometimes Staten. Back when we had real communities not the gentrified mess of a city we have today.

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2/12/2019

❀😘 Love the excitement and the family get together πŸ˜ŽπŸ€—

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2/12/2019

Family park. Great for kids to explore

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3/14/2019

This Rucker park looks very nice it would be even nicer if they have basketball pumps too so they could pump it up. Also I like how it looks this is Jermaine Hyde and I love that park. Very clean too i could spend all day and night over there.

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3/14/2019

Basketball! Music! Plenty of neighborhood entertainment and entertainers. Big fun. Still miss the guy that sold that great Crab Salad.

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3/14/2019

good place to play b-ball at and i like how uncle drew was film there. great place.

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4/15/2019

Legendary place to visit. A real New York Vibe and experience!

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5/15/2019

There are usually nets and its single rims. Which is the best part. There are great games but you can also play solo sometimes. The earlier, the better.

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5/15/2019

We love the fact that there's a huge baseball park all the way in the back of the park, which is completely fenced in therefore our German Shepherd can get in all the playtime and laps she can handle, and there's no need for a leash, because it's completely gated. It's especially fun when the other pet owners bring their dogs too, and coincidentally, there's 3 more Shepherd owners in this neighborhood. There's something for everyone here, tennis, basketball (not to mention that Rutgers basketball tournaments are Poppin all summer long. What's not to love 😎😍😎

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5/15/2019

Very calming. Great path that leads to the pedestrian bridge that connects the Bronx to Upper Manhattan (Washington Heights)

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6/15/2019

The park was very nice especially for your toddler. Is very clean and Is near everything. There's a convenience store, McDonald's, and dinners just walking distance. I recommend this place for children, family and friends. If you just want to enjoy a beautiful day or bbq.

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7/16/2019

Such an amazing, historic park. There's a playground for kids, sprinklers which are great for hot summer days, and an amazing basketball court. We went during some school tournament event, and it was great to see young kids play their hearts out and win. Such a great experience, I'm glad I came here!

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7/16/2019

Loved the movie Uncle Drew, had to see the park for myself. I loved the experience I had. This is a part of basketball culture in New York like the Mecca next to Madison Square garden.

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8/18/2019

We are a basketball family. Wish they had more parking. It worked out and we were so excited to play on the famous court.

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8/18/2019

Although is not my favorite park to visit, I was in the neighborhood to check on someone and stop there for a few minutes. I saw what seems to be several families with kids having a good time.

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9/21/2019

You HAVE to visit this place if you love basketball.

Tiny Archibald, Dr. J, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson--these men have all graced this court and dominated.

If you go with anyone who doesn't understand, the spectacle may be dimmed, but for those who love the sport of basketball, this is Mecca: a necessary pilgrimage!

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9/21/2019

Kept beautiful regardless of the men's shelter next to it. Due in large to the basketball tournament that's been run their the past half century. Great basketball players now in and out of the league play in this tournament, famously called Holcombe Rucker.

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9/21/2019

What a surprising little gem in the Bronx eye was a little surprised to see such a well-maintained and beautiful Park in this location satin had lunch and it was very peaceful and calm and most of all clean

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10/22/2019

Best place to go to went there for a family vacation and went to rucker park during the winter and I got to go on the basketball court where KD and many legends played great basketball moment and I will remember this forever and the town wasn't too ghetto

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11/23/2019

Classic iconic spot for ballers, though not as well used as it's been in the past. It's still a great place to stop and shoot the ball around with glass backboards and adjustable height rims.

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11/23/2019

A nice sightseeing stop if you are are basketball πŸ€fan if you are fortunate you may get a pick-up game with someone famous😎

Giacomo C.

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10/8/2017

The glorious history of this place is long gone. Depending on the time of the day it could look rather shabby. The basketball court is still kept in good...read this and 8 more

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