Asphalt Green is a non-profit organization that provides facilities and programs to all ages in the hopes of promoting health and fitness. The Upper East Side campus is composed of an entire city block between York Avenue and the FDR Drive. The organization was founded in 1972 by Dr. George E. Murphy, a Cornell professor of pathology, and his wife, Annette. Asphalt Green got its name from the fact that it was built on the site of the abandoned Municipal Asphalt Plant, which was declared a city landmark in 1976, thanks to the couple’s efforts. In 1984, the Upper East Side campus officially opened. Today, facilities include an enormous outdoor turf field, an Olympic-size pool, and a 15, 000 square foot fitness center. In 2013, a second location opened in Battery Park City.
For basketball fans, there is nothing more exciting than a classic game of streetball... and there is always one going on here. Known as "The Cage, " to the locals, it is one of the most famous outdoor courts in New York. Whether you are participating or standing on the sidelines, experiencing a game on West 4th should not be missed. Many a draft pick has been discovered here, and it is certainly not uncommon to spot an NBA player out there shooting hoops with the crowd.