Sunset Park

Sunset Park fans create their own version of Bingo

Game uses local landmarks instead of numbers

December 31, 2014 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The numbers on this Bingo card have been replaced by the names of well known Sunset Park landmarks. Photo courtesy Sunset Parker
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A group of Sunset Park residents whose members enjoy sharing stories on Facebook about growing up in that neighborhood have a new way to celebrate their favorite community.

The people behind Sunset Parker, a Facebook page with more than 3,300 members, have stylized the time honored game of Bingo to pay tribute to the neighborhood.

Their version is called Sunset Park Bingo.

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“Most of us grew up playing the board game Bingo. Now we have one that was made just for Sunset Park,” said Sunset Parker Administrator Tony Giordano. Sunset Parker was created by Sunset Park Restoration, a local civic organization.

Unlike regular Bingo, the Sunset Park version uses cards that don’t have numbers. Instead, players are asked to fill the boxes on the cards with the names of popular local landmarks like the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Saint Michael Catholic Church and the Green-wood Cemetery.

Playing Sunset Park Bingo is easy, according to Giordano. “To use our Bingo board you distribute blank Bingo boards and then post our list of well-known Sunset Park locations. Folks randomly fill in the boxes with the words. And then the words are put in a bag and pulled one at a time,” he said.

Copies of the game, along with instructions on how to play, are being mailed to Sunset Park schools, Giordano said. The rules are also posted on the Sunset Parker page on Facebook.

Evelyn Ruiz, a member of Sunset Parker, said the game allows people to walk down memory lane.

“These locations strike a note with all of us Sunset Parkers.  It is fun to see people post on line that they got married years ago in St. Michael’s or loved the high dive at the pool. With over 3,300 members on Sunset Parker the mentioning of any of these locations brings up dozens of old memories,” she said.

The locations that are part of Sunset Park Bingo include: the community’s new waterfront park, the Sunset Park public pool, the R train, the B63 bus, the landmarked old 68th Police Precinct station house, and local restaurants.

The point of the game is to build a greater sense of community, Giordano said.

For more information on Sunset Park Bingo, write to: [email protected].

 


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