BTN, NYC Parks Open Redesigned Triborough Bridge Playground B in Queens

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Triborough Bridge Playground

As the Big Ten Tournament kicks off in NYC for the first time ever this week, the Big Ten Network partnered with NYC Parks to unveil the redesign of the Triborough Bridge Playground B in Astoria Queens. It’s the first major renovation of the playground in 20 years. The custom court design is by Brooklyn-based artist Mark Paul Deren aka MADSTEEZ.

The colors on the court represent all 14 Big Ten schools, with Meren’s signature “M” logo integrated into the design.

As part of the court’s official unveiling, BTN hosted a youth clinic led by NBA skills trainer Chris Brickley and former New York Knicks forward Jared Jeffries. Around 50 kids from Zone 126 after-school program and After School All-Stars were invited to work on their skills at the new court.

From Jordan Maleh, Director of Digital Marketing and Communications at BTN:

The basketball tradition in New York City is second to none, and it’s one of the many reasons the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament has made its way to Madison Square Garden. As a network our goal was to, even in a small way, make a meaningful contribution to that culture and we’ve been fortunate to have a partner like NYC Parks to make it a reality.

From Queens Borough Park Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski:

The Big Ten Network has brought color and fun into this neighborhood basketball court, new rims, weather-resistant asphalt and an eye-catching mural, these hoops are sure to be a hit.

Hulu will be providing a full digital recap of the event.

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Martin is the Founder, Chief Editor, and Head Skills Development Trainer for Basketball Society. Martin has work experience in digital media, radio, and journalism. He started a basketball blog and internet radio show in 2013 on Blog Talk Radio. Martin previously hosted the Knightcap show for WCTC 1450 AM covering the Rutgers Men's Basketball team. He has been featured as a writer on sites such as Def Pen, TV Film News, and All Hip-Hop. Martin played high school basketball at South Brunswick High School (NJ) where he graduated in 2007. He is a 1,000-point scorer at SBHS and an All-Middlesex County performer as a 3-year varsity starter. He helped lead SBHS to their first ever Central Jersey Group 4 sectional state championship in 2007. Martin played college basketball at Eastern University, where he graduated (BA) in 2012. Martin was a four-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer at EU and a 1st-Team All-MAC Conference performer. Follow Mart on Twitter @Marsoaries and on Instagram @martin_soaries

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