Back in the day, this Harlem park was the playing ground of Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Originally known as P.S. 156, the playground was renamed for Holcombe Rucker, a teacher and Parks Department worker, who organized a basketball tournament to help keep kids off the streets in 1950. Today, Rucker Park boasts an impressive list of famous basketball stars who have balled on its courts, and it plays home to the Entertainers Basketball Classic, the world's top street basketball tournament.
1. Holcombe Rucker Park