The intersection of economic inequality and playground conditions is a complicated one.
We filmed playgrounds at Union Square and East Harlem and analyzed the results.
Every borough has playgrounds with deficiencies, our site visits show. Thirty-one out of the 127 evaluations we conducted—24 percent—led to failing marks of four out of eight or less. The average rating of 5.61 demonstrates considerable room for improvement in the playgrounds we evaluated.
We would like to thank the people who made the work possible.