GenreDocumentary Narrated byHector Elizondo CountryUnited States
Release date2010 (2010) CastHector Elizondo, Regis Philbin, Ray Romano, Joe Pantoliano, Whoopi Goldberg Similar moviesBrooklyn Bridge (1981)
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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. 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. 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 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.