Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters

A rare wood-carved symbol of the Department of Parks and Recreation at Marx Brothers Playground on East 97th Street. Photo by Rick Stachura. March 11, 2019.



Now I know

“Spanish Harlem” are not just pretty words

to say


I thought I knew

but now I know that rose trees never grow

in New York City



Lyrics from “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” by Elton John, 1972.

Photo by Rick Stachura. March 11, 2019.

A rare extant wood-carved emblem representing the Parks Department. It could possibly date from the late 1940s. 

As found at Marx Brothers Playground. East 97th Street, East Harlem. 



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