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The Cage (West 4th St. Courts)

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Basketball court preferred by players and spectators

Place Details

Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Greenwich Village
Open Space, Gathering Place

Place Matters Profile

This basketball court, in a park at the corner of West 4th Street and 6th Avenue, in the heart of Greenwich Village, draws basketball lovers from around the city, and even around the world. They come to a court just half regulation size that is literally encaged by a 20-foot high chain-link fence both to play ball and to watch some of the best street basketball in the world, let alone New York City. "The Cage," as the court is known, hosts the West 4th Summer League, the oldest summer-basketball program in New York City.

The Cage is one of New York City’s most popular spots for street basketball. In a city that all but invented basketball as a street sport, this is no minor achievement. The Cage is widely known for generating NBA stars and hosting celebrity pick-up games. In recent years, it has become a backdrop to soda...

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Axthelm, Pete. "The City Game: Basketball from the Garden to the Playgrounds." New York: Penguin, 1982.

Berger, Ken (Associated Press). "They got game on West 4th Street." June 20, 1999.

Interview with Tony Dapolita, CB2 Parks & Recreation Committee Chairman.

Interview with Edwin Huh, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.

Interview with Joe Merriwether, Tournament Coordinator.

Martindale Jr., Wight. "The Land of the Free Throw: A New York City Basketball League Builds Community" in "Policy Review" 72, Spring 1995.

NYC Department of Parks and Recreation Records.

On The Web

West Fourth Street Summer Basketball League
Village Voice "The Real Cagers West 4th: Where Players Test Their Mettle"


Anonymous Nominator

Although the Cage does not have many features which command the loyal and consistent following of basketball players that it receives, younger players come to the Cage to learn and be mentored by the "old-timers."

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