New York Street Games is a 2010 documentary film directed by Matt Levy about children's games played by kids in New York City for centuries.[1] The games are fondly remembered by people who grew up in the city. Current and historical documentary footage shows children playing these games, interspersed with scenes of celebrities discussing their own childhood experiences playing these games on the streets of New York.[2] The story is brought to the present with discussions of the current role of street games and opinions as to what kids lose by not having the freedom to play without adult supervision, most importantly the social skills developed when kids could play in the streets.

New York Street Games
Film poster
Directed byMatt Levy
Written byMatt Levy
Lars Fuchs
Produced byMatt Levy
Craig Lifschutz
StarringKeith David
Hector Elizondo
Robert Klein
C. Everett Koop
Arthur Leipzig
Whoopi Goldberg
Bobby Moresco
Joe Pantoliano
Regis Philbin
Robert Costanzo
David Proval
Ray Romano
Curtis Sliwa
Annie Lanzillotto
Mike Starr
Vinny Vella
Narrated byHector Elizondo
CinematographyMichael Vitti
Edited byLars Fuchs
Paul Petschek
Music byButch Barbella
Release date
  • 2010 (2010)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited States

Synopsis edit

New York Street Games lovingly recalls a central feature of the lives of hundreds of thousands of children who grew up in New York City in the twentieth century: games played in the streets of the city. Many of the ball games featured are played with a pink rubber ball called a Spaldeen. In the documentary, Whoopi Goldberg is seen discussing her childhood, and handling a Spaldeen. At some point, she puts the ball to her nose and smells it; you can tell by the look on her face that she is transported by her memories of playing games with a Spaldeen as a child.[1]

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References edit

  1. ^ a b "New York Street Games".
  2. ^ Ginger Adams Otis (9 May 2010). "What happened to New York's storied street games?". New York Post.

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