Heaven Is a Playground

Heaven Is a Playground

In 1974 Rick Telander intended to spend a few days doing a magazine piece on the court wizards of Brooklyn?s Foster Park. He ended up staying the entire summer, becoming part of the players? lives, and eventually the coach of a loose aggregation known as the Subway Stars. Telander tells of everything he saw: the on-court flash, the off-court jargon, the late-night graffiti In 1974 Rick Telander intended to spend a few days doing a magazine piece on the court wizards of Brooklyn?s Fos...

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Title:Heaven Is a Playground
Author:Rick Telander
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Genres:Sports and Games
ISBN:Heaven Is a Playground (Second Edition)
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:236 pages pages

Heaven Is a Playground Reviews

  • Tom
    Dec 31, 2013

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

    Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and the ideals, he kept wanting more. Observant and intrigued, his motives for staying bl...

    While reading about the upcoming Kansas vs. Austin Peay game in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament I was reminded of a book I read long ago about a New York City playground legend named James "Fly" Williams who later played two seasons of college basketball at Austin Peay in t...

    In his 1974 classic, ?Heaven is a Playground,? sports writer Rick Telander leaves a lot of important questions unanswered. For example, if a ghetto playground in Brooklyn is heaven for a basketball aficionado, how much of the playground is heaven and how much is hell for the black ...

    (Plot) A guy name Rick Telander spends his whole summer in a ghetto styled community. He meets a group of kids that play street ball at Brooklyn Fosters park and he ends up spending his time teaching them how to play basketball. He eventually became their coach and taut them the true w...

    Telander states in the most recent preface that the book itself can sometimes read as dated but that he has chosen not to edit or change the language. In many ways I think that was a beautiful decision. It leaves the book as a bit of a relic - white educated America trying to understan...

    A great book about pickup ball in Brooklyn. I loved it at first, it mentions my old AAU coach, Lester Roberts, as the business owner that printed the shirts for the Subway Stars. He later started an AAU program in my hometown of Baton Rouge. What I didn't like about the book was the in...

    The book is an interesting, sometimes engaging, snapshot of a moment in time ... I understand the book now has a cult following and I'm of the age to feel a bit nostalgic about the names and circumstances the book centers and about a time when a "slam dunk" was called a "stuff shot" .....

    This is a great sports book about street basketball in Brooklyn during one hot summer in the mid-seventies. It really sets the time and place and made me get nostalgic of growing up not that far away in Woodhaven,NY. What a different time it was! ...

    This book is a version of an ethnography from the lens of one sports journalist, Rick Telander. ...

    The writing is over the top trying, but the pictures are cool. ...

    In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditions. Not only did he get the information he wanted for his book, but he also made many ...

    By Elijah Okagbare The book that I just finished reading is called Heaven Is A Playground by Rick Telander . This is a nonfiction book, as Rick Telander gathered this information by spending four months on the dangerous streets of Harlem while doing an article on the lives of seve...

    Jake Graziano Ms. Pryle English II H 7 March 2014 5 out of 5 From Worst to First In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditio...

    In the summer of 1974, Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, spent his time in and around Foster's Park, the notorious training ground for street ballers, befriending the rotating cast of neighborhood characters. Probably the best thing about this book is Telander's remarkable ...

    A bit dated ... What was ground-breaking in the mid-'70's - not so much anymore. But, it was still a fascinating read by a white guy who spent a summer sleeping on the floor of somebody's sparsely-furnished apartment in a Brooklyn ghetto, spending his days at the local park. One of ...

    If heaven is a playground then basketball is God: immortal, omnipotent, indifferent. Players come and go, but the playground remains, and in many ways that is the gift of this book. The victory of those high priests rewarded for their devotion with college places and accolades, and the...

    Okay, so heaven is a playground is a book that is viewed from a photographers stand point, That photographers name is Rick Telander. This book is in the 1973 and 1974 summer. He discovered a playground kids who all are good basketball players but it was one who was a playground legend ...

    This is a great book about life that also happens to be about basketball. Like "The Basketball Diaries", the backdrop of this book is about real people who have some real problems. In my opinion the book shows how little it really takes to give people in some really depressed situation...

    Jemille Edwards 05/21/2015 Heaven is a playground was a great book I recommend it to everyone because it is very inspiring and motivative. It basically talks about how Rodney a great basketball coach that helps players get scholarships and get into college that are from the streets. ...

    This book is cool, if only to know what it's like for the guys who DON'T make it to the NBA. This book tells the story of one guy named Fly Williams who had all the talent to go to the pros, but got caught up in a bunch of shit and instead became just another dude who coulda/shoulda be...

    Nice non-fiction documentary capturing a time in New York history where the city was almost bankrupt, crime was out of control, and heroin use was growing. Telander takes us deep into the Brooklyn ghetto and introduces us to a dozen young African-American men whose only hope of getting...

    Originally when this book was recommended I was concerned that the sports theme would cause this book to be boring, but that wasn't the case at all. Although Telander does use technical as well as slang basketball terms throughout, this book is much more about life than basketball, or ...

    This book leaves the reader with some melancholy. Some of the young players the author encounters go on to great success like Bernard King but also other players who have slipped into the perils of poverty and crime. The book presents some interesting adult characters too, such as a pr...

  • Mrlunch
    May 14, 2012

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

    Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and the ideals, he kept wanting more. Observant and intrigued, his motives for staying bl...

    While reading about the upcoming Kansas vs. Austin Peay game in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament I was reminded of a book I read long ago about a New York City playground legend named James "Fly" Williams who later played two seasons of college basketball at Austin Peay in t...

    In his 1974 classic, ?Heaven is a Playground,? sports writer Rick Telander leaves a lot of important questions unanswered. For example, if a ghetto playground in Brooklyn is heaven for a basketball aficionado, how much of the playground is heaven and how much is hell for the black ...

    (Plot) A guy name Rick Telander spends his whole summer in a ghetto styled community. He meets a group of kids that play street ball at Brooklyn Fosters park and he ends up spending his time teaching them how to play basketball. He eventually became their coach and taut them the true w...

    Telander states in the most recent preface that the book itself can sometimes read as dated but that he has chosen not to edit or change the language. In many ways I think that was a beautiful decision. It leaves the book as a bit of a relic - white educated America trying to understan...

    A great book about pickup ball in Brooklyn. I loved it at first, it mentions my old AAU coach, Lester Roberts, as the business owner that printed the shirts for the Subway Stars. He later started an AAU program in my hometown of Baton Rouge. What I didn't like about the book was the in...

    The book is an interesting, sometimes engaging, snapshot of a moment in time ... I understand the book now has a cult following and I'm of the age to feel a bit nostalgic about the names and circumstances the book centers and about a time when a "slam dunk" was called a "stuff shot" .....

    This is a great sports book about street basketball in Brooklyn during one hot summer in the mid-seventies. It really sets the time and place and made me get nostalgic of growing up not that far away in Woodhaven,NY. What a different time it was! ...

    This book is a version of an ethnography from the lens of one sports journalist, Rick Telander. ...

    The writing is over the top trying, but the pictures are cool. ...

    In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditions. Not only did he get the information he wanted for his book, but he also made many ...

    By Elijah Okagbare The book that I just finished reading is called Heaven Is A Playground by Rick Telander . This is a nonfiction book, as Rick Telander gathered this information by spending four months on the dangerous streets of Harlem while doing an article on the lives of seve...

    Jake Graziano Ms. Pryle English II H 7 March 2014 5 out of 5 From Worst to First In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditio...

    In the summer of 1974, Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, spent his time in and around Foster's Park, the notorious training ground for street ballers, befriending the rotating cast of neighborhood characters. Probably the best thing about this book is Telander's remarkable ...

    A bit dated ... What was ground-breaking in the mid-'70's - not so much anymore. But, it was still a fascinating read by a white guy who spent a summer sleeping on the floor of somebody's sparsely-furnished apartment in a Brooklyn ghetto, spending his days at the local park. One of ...

    If heaven is a playground then basketball is God: immortal, omnipotent, indifferent. Players come and go, but the playground remains, and in many ways that is the gift of this book. The victory of those high priests rewarded for their devotion with college places and accolades, and the...

    Okay, so heaven is a playground is a book that is viewed from a photographers stand point, That photographers name is Rick Telander. This book is in the 1973 and 1974 summer. He discovered a playground kids who all are good basketball players but it was one who was a playground legend ...

    This is a great book about life that also happens to be about basketball. Like "The Basketball Diaries", the backdrop of this book is about real people who have some real problems. In my opinion the book shows how little it really takes to give people in some really depressed situation...

    Jemille Edwards 05/21/2015 Heaven is a playground was a great book I recommend it to everyone because it is very inspiring and motivative. It basically talks about how Rodney a great basketball coach that helps players get scholarships and get into college that are from the streets. ...

    This book is cool, if only to know what it's like for the guys who DON'T make it to the NBA. This book tells the story of one guy named Fly Williams who had all the talent to go to the pros, but got caught up in a bunch of shit and instead became just another dude who coulda/shoulda be...

    Nice non-fiction documentary capturing a time in New York history where the city was almost bankrupt, crime was out of control, and heroin use was growing. Telander takes us deep into the Brooklyn ghetto and introduces us to a dozen young African-American men whose only hope of getting...

  • Matt Moran
    Feb 02, 2016

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

    Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and the ideals, he kept wanting more. Observant and intrigued, his motives for staying bl...

    While reading about the upcoming Kansas vs. Austin Peay game in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament I was reminded of a book I read long ago about a New York City playground legend named James "Fly" Williams who later played two seasons of college basketball at Austin Peay in t...

    In his 1974 classic, ?Heaven is a Playground,? sports writer Rick Telander leaves a lot of important questions unanswered. For example, if a ghetto playground in Brooklyn is heaven for a basketball aficionado, how much of the playground is heaven and how much is hell for the black ...

    (Plot) A guy name Rick Telander spends his whole summer in a ghetto styled community. He meets a group of kids that play street ball at Brooklyn Fosters park and he ends up spending his time teaching them how to play basketball. He eventually became their coach and taut them the true w...

    Telander states in the most recent preface that the book itself can sometimes read as dated but that he has chosen not to edit or change the language. In many ways I think that was a beautiful decision. It leaves the book as a bit of a relic - white educated America trying to understan...

    A great book about pickup ball in Brooklyn. I loved it at first, it mentions my old AAU coach, Lester Roberts, as the business owner that printed the shirts for the Subway Stars. He later started an AAU program in my hometown of Baton Rouge. What I didn't like about the book was the in...

    The book is an interesting, sometimes engaging, snapshot of a moment in time ... I understand the book now has a cult following and I'm of the age to feel a bit nostalgic about the names and circumstances the book centers and about a time when a "slam dunk" was called a "stuff shot" .....

    This is a great sports book about street basketball in Brooklyn during one hot summer in the mid-seventies. It really sets the time and place and made me get nostalgic of growing up not that far away in Woodhaven,NY. What a different time it was! ...

    This book is a version of an ethnography from the lens of one sports journalist, Rick Telander. ...

    The writing is over the top trying, but the pictures are cool. ...

    In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditions. Not only did he get the information he wanted for his book, but he also made many ...

    By Elijah Okagbare The book that I just finished reading is called Heaven Is A Playground by Rick Telander . This is a nonfiction book, as Rick Telander gathered this information by spending four months on the dangerous streets of Harlem while doing an article on the lives of seve...

    Jake Graziano Ms. Pryle English II H 7 March 2014 5 out of 5 From Worst to First In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditio...

    In the summer of 1974, Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, spent his time in and around Foster's Park, the notorious training ground for street ballers, befriending the rotating cast of neighborhood characters. Probably the best thing about this book is Telander's remarkable ...

    A bit dated ... What was ground-breaking in the mid-'70's - not so much anymore. But, it was still a fascinating read by a white guy who spent a summer sleeping on the floor of somebody's sparsely-furnished apartment in a Brooklyn ghetto, spending his days at the local park. One of ...

    If heaven is a playground then basketball is God: immortal, omnipotent, indifferent. Players come and go, but the playground remains, and in many ways that is the gift of this book. The victory of those high priests rewarded for their devotion with college places and accolades, and the...

    Okay, so heaven is a playground is a book that is viewed from a photographers stand point, That photographers name is Rick Telander. This book is in the 1973 and 1974 summer. He discovered a playground kids who all are good basketball players but it was one who was a playground legend ...

    This is a great book about life that also happens to be about basketball. Like "The Basketball Diaries", the backdrop of this book is about real people who have some real problems. In my opinion the book shows how little it really takes to give people in some really depressed situation...

    Jemille Edwards 05/21/2015 Heaven is a playground was a great book I recommend it to everyone because it is very inspiring and motivative. It basically talks about how Rodney a great basketball coach that helps players get scholarships and get into college that are from the streets. ...

    This book is cool, if only to know what it's like for the guys who DON'T make it to the NBA. This book tells the story of one guy named Fly Williams who had all the talent to go to the pros, but got caught up in a bunch of shit and instead became just another dude who coulda/shoulda be...

    Nice non-fiction documentary capturing a time in New York history where the city was almost bankrupt, crime was out of control, and heroin use was growing. Telander takes us deep into the Brooklyn ghetto and introduces us to a dozen young African-American men whose only hope of getting...

    Originally when this book was recommended I was concerned that the sports theme would cause this book to be boring, but that wasn't the case at all. Although Telander does use technical as well as slang basketball terms throughout, this book is much more about life than basketball, or ...

    This book leaves the reader with some melancholy. Some of the young players the author encounters go on to great success like Bernard King but also other players who have slipped into the perils of poverty and crime. The book presents some interesting adult characters too, such as a pr...

    I'm reading Heaven is a Playground by Rick Telander. It is a really good book. It explains how people live in bad neighborhoods. This one takes place in New York, at Foster Park. Foster Park is a place where people play basketball all day long. One day they can hope that they can escap...

    Telander's account of inner-city basketball, and life, in New York in the mid 70's is a riveting account of how basketball and life can be intertwined. Being a fan of basketball, streetball, and New York City life this book should have made it to the top of my priority list sooner, but...

    SI's top 100 seems to overrate their own writers. This is a good piece of journalism documenting the basketball scene in a specific section of Brooklyn, one summer in 1971. Telander is a good writer and a he has a distinct voice as he describes the scene. It isn't a book that mad...

  • Adam
    Aug 15, 2007

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

    Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and the ideals, he kept wanting more. Observant and intrigued, his motives for staying bl...

    While reading about the upcoming Kansas vs. Austin Peay game in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament I was reminded of a book I read long ago about a New York City playground legend named James "Fly" Williams who later played two seasons of college basketball at Austin Peay in t...

    In his 1974 classic, ?Heaven is a Playground,? sports writer Rick Telander leaves a lot of important questions unanswered. For example, if a ghetto playground in Brooklyn is heaven for a basketball aficionado, how much of the playground is heaven and how much is hell for the black ...

    (Plot) A guy name Rick Telander spends his whole summer in a ghetto styled community. He meets a group of kids that play street ball at Brooklyn Fosters park and he ends up spending his time teaching them how to play basketball. He eventually became their coach and taut them the true w...

    Telander states in the most recent preface that the book itself can sometimes read as dated but that he has chosen not to edit or change the language. In many ways I think that was a beautiful decision. It leaves the book as a bit of a relic - white educated America trying to understan...

    A great book about pickup ball in Brooklyn. I loved it at first, it mentions my old AAU coach, Lester Roberts, as the business owner that printed the shirts for the Subway Stars. He later started an AAU program in my hometown of Baton Rouge. What I didn't like about the book was the in...

    The book is an interesting, sometimes engaging, snapshot of a moment in time ... I understand the book now has a cult following and I'm of the age to feel a bit nostalgic about the names and circumstances the book centers and about a time when a "slam dunk" was called a "stuff shot" .....

    This is a great sports book about street basketball in Brooklyn during one hot summer in the mid-seventies. It really sets the time and place and made me get nostalgic of growing up not that far away in Woodhaven,NY. What a different time it was! ...

    This book is a version of an ethnography from the lens of one sports journalist, Rick Telander. ...

    The writing is over the top trying, but the pictures are cool. ...

    In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditions. Not only did he get the information he wanted for his book, but he also made many ...

    By Elijah Okagbare The book that I just finished reading is called Heaven Is A Playground by Rick Telander . This is a nonfiction book, as Rick Telander gathered this information by spending four months on the dangerous streets of Harlem while doing an article on the lives of seve...

    Jake Graziano Ms. Pryle English II H 7 March 2014 5 out of 5 From Worst to First In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditio...

    In the summer of 1974, Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, spent his time in and around Foster's Park, the notorious training ground for street ballers, befriending the rotating cast of neighborhood characters. Probably the best thing about this book is Telander's remarkable ...

    A bit dated ... What was ground-breaking in the mid-'70's - not so much anymore. But, it was still a fascinating read by a white guy who spent a summer sleeping on the floor of somebody's sparsely-furnished apartment in a Brooklyn ghetto, spending his days at the local park. One of ...

    If heaven is a playground then basketball is God: immortal, omnipotent, indifferent. Players come and go, but the playground remains, and in many ways that is the gift of this book. The victory of those high priests rewarded for their devotion with college places and accolades, and the...

    Okay, so heaven is a playground is a book that is viewed from a photographers stand point, That photographers name is Rick Telander. This book is in the 1973 and 1974 summer. He discovered a playground kids who all are good basketball players but it was one who was a playground legend ...

    This is a great book about life that also happens to be about basketball. Like "The Basketball Diaries", the backdrop of this book is about real people who have some real problems. In my opinion the book shows how little it really takes to give people in some really depressed situation...

    Jemille Edwards 05/21/2015 Heaven is a playground was a great book I recommend it to everyone because it is very inspiring and motivative. It basically talks about how Rodney a great basketball coach that helps players get scholarships and get into college that are from the streets. ...

    This book is cool, if only to know what it's like for the guys who DON'T make it to the NBA. This book tells the story of one guy named Fly Williams who had all the talent to go to the pros, but got caught up in a bunch of shit and instead became just another dude who coulda/shoulda be...

  • Schuyler
    Jan 14, 2010

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

    Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and the ideals, he kept wanting more. Observant and intrigued, his motives for staying bl...

    While reading about the upcoming Kansas vs. Austin Peay game in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament I was reminded of a book I read long ago about a New York City playground legend named James "Fly" Williams who later played two seasons of college basketball at Austin Peay in t...

    In his 1974 classic, ?Heaven is a Playground,? sports writer Rick Telander leaves a lot of important questions unanswered. For example, if a ghetto playground in Brooklyn is heaven for a basketball aficionado, how much of the playground is heaven and how much is hell for the black ...

    (Plot) A guy name Rick Telander spends his whole summer in a ghetto styled community. He meets a group of kids that play street ball at Brooklyn Fosters park and he ends up spending his time teaching them how to play basketball. He eventually became their coach and taut them the true w...

    Telander states in the most recent preface that the book itself can sometimes read as dated but that he has chosen not to edit or change the language. In many ways I think that was a beautiful decision. It leaves the book as a bit of a relic - white educated America trying to understan...

    A great book about pickup ball in Brooklyn. I loved it at first, it mentions my old AAU coach, Lester Roberts, as the business owner that printed the shirts for the Subway Stars. He later started an AAU program in my hometown of Baton Rouge. What I didn't like about the book was the in...

    The book is an interesting, sometimes engaging, snapshot of a moment in time ... I understand the book now has a cult following and I'm of the age to feel a bit nostalgic about the names and circumstances the book centers and about a time when a "slam dunk" was called a "stuff shot" .....

    This is a great sports book about street basketball in Brooklyn during one hot summer in the mid-seventies. It really sets the time and place and made me get nostalgic of growing up not that far away in Woodhaven,NY. What a different time it was! ...

    This book is a version of an ethnography from the lens of one sports journalist, Rick Telander. ...

    The writing is over the top trying, but the pictures are cool. ...

    In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditions. Not only did he get the information he wanted for his book, but he also made many ...

    By Elijah Okagbare The book that I just finished reading is called Heaven Is A Playground by Rick Telander . This is a nonfiction book, as Rick Telander gathered this information by spending four months on the dangerous streets of Harlem while doing an article on the lives of seve...

    Jake Graziano Ms. Pryle English II H 7 March 2014 5 out of 5 From Worst to First In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditio...

    In the summer of 1974, Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, spent his time in and around Foster's Park, the notorious training ground for street ballers, befriending the rotating cast of neighborhood characters. Probably the best thing about this book is Telander's remarkable ...

  • Lauren
    Jul 24, 2008

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

    Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and the ideals, he kept wanting more. Observant and intrigued, his motives for staying bl...

    While reading about the upcoming Kansas vs. Austin Peay game in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament I was reminded of a book I read long ago about a New York City playground legend named James "Fly" Williams who later played two seasons of college basketball at Austin Peay in t...

    In his 1974 classic, ?Heaven is a Playground,? sports writer Rick Telander leaves a lot of important questions unanswered. For example, if a ghetto playground in Brooklyn is heaven for a basketball aficionado, how much of the playground is heaven and how much is hell for the black ...

    (Plot) A guy name Rick Telander spends his whole summer in a ghetto styled community. He meets a group of kids that play street ball at Brooklyn Fosters park and he ends up spending his time teaching them how to play basketball. He eventually became their coach and taut them the true w...

    Telander states in the most recent preface that the book itself can sometimes read as dated but that he has chosen not to edit or change the language. In many ways I think that was a beautiful decision. It leaves the book as a bit of a relic - white educated America trying to understan...

    A great book about pickup ball in Brooklyn. I loved it at first, it mentions my old AAU coach, Lester Roberts, as the business owner that printed the shirts for the Subway Stars. He later started an AAU program in my hometown of Baton Rouge. What I didn't like about the book was the in...

    The book is an interesting, sometimes engaging, snapshot of a moment in time ... I understand the book now has a cult following and I'm of the age to feel a bit nostalgic about the names and circumstances the book centers and about a time when a "slam dunk" was called a "stuff shot" .....

    This is a great sports book about street basketball in Brooklyn during one hot summer in the mid-seventies. It really sets the time and place and made me get nostalgic of growing up not that far away in Woodhaven,NY. What a different time it was! ...

    This book is a version of an ethnography from the lens of one sports journalist, Rick Telander. ...

    The writing is over the top trying, but the pictures are cool. ...

    In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditions. Not only did he get the information he wanted for his book, but he also made many ...

    By Elijah Okagbare The book that I just finished reading is called Heaven Is A Playground by Rick Telander . This is a nonfiction book, as Rick Telander gathered this information by spending four months on the dangerous streets of Harlem while doing an article on the lives of seve...

    Jake Graziano Ms. Pryle English II H 7 March 2014 5 out of 5 From Worst to First In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditio...

    In the summer of 1974, Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, spent his time in and around Foster's Park, the notorious training ground for street ballers, befriending the rotating cast of neighborhood characters. Probably the best thing about this book is Telander's remarkable ...

    A bit dated ... What was ground-breaking in the mid-'70's - not so much anymore. But, it was still a fascinating read by a white guy who spent a summer sleeping on the floor of somebody's sparsely-furnished apartment in a Brooklyn ghetto, spending his days at the local park. One of ...

    If heaven is a playground then basketball is God: immortal, omnipotent, indifferent. Players come and go, but the playground remains, and in many ways that is the gift of this book. The victory of those high priests rewarded for their devotion with college places and accolades, and the...

    Okay, so heaven is a playground is a book that is viewed from a photographers stand point, That photographers name is Rick Telander. This book is in the 1973 and 1974 summer. He discovered a playground kids who all are good basketball players but it was one who was a playground legend ...

    This is a great book about life that also happens to be about basketball. Like "The Basketball Diaries", the backdrop of this book is about real people who have some real problems. In my opinion the book shows how little it really takes to give people in some really depressed situation...

    Jemille Edwards 05/21/2015 Heaven is a playground was a great book I recommend it to everyone because it is very inspiring and motivative. It basically talks about how Rodney a great basketball coach that helps players get scholarships and get into college that are from the streets. ...

    This book is cool, if only to know what it's like for the guys who DON'T make it to the NBA. This book tells the story of one guy named Fly Williams who had all the talent to go to the pros, but got caught up in a bunch of shit and instead became just another dude who coulda/shoulda be...

    Nice non-fiction documentary capturing a time in New York history where the city was almost bankrupt, crime was out of control, and heroin use was growing. Telander takes us deep into the Brooklyn ghetto and introduces us to a dozen young African-American men whose only hope of getting...

    Originally when this book was recommended I was concerned that the sports theme would cause this book to be boring, but that wasn't the case at all. Although Telander does use technical as well as slang basketball terms throughout, this book is much more about life than basketball, or ...

  • Elijah
    Feb 05, 2009

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

    Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and the ideals, he kept wanting more. Observant and intrigued, his motives for staying bl...

    While reading about the upcoming Kansas vs. Austin Peay game in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament I was reminded of a book I read long ago about a New York City playground legend named James "Fly" Williams who later played two seasons of college basketball at Austin Peay in t...

    In his 1974 classic, ?Heaven is a Playground,? sports writer Rick Telander leaves a lot of important questions unanswered. For example, if a ghetto playground in Brooklyn is heaven for a basketball aficionado, how much of the playground is heaven and how much is hell for the black ...

    (Plot) A guy name Rick Telander spends his whole summer in a ghetto styled community. He meets a group of kids that play street ball at Brooklyn Fosters park and he ends up spending his time teaching them how to play basketball. He eventually became their coach and taut them the true w...

    Telander states in the most recent preface that the book itself can sometimes read as dated but that he has chosen not to edit or change the language. In many ways I think that was a beautiful decision. It leaves the book as a bit of a relic - white educated America trying to understan...

    A great book about pickup ball in Brooklyn. I loved it at first, it mentions my old AAU coach, Lester Roberts, as the business owner that printed the shirts for the Subway Stars. He later started an AAU program in my hometown of Baton Rouge. What I didn't like about the book was the in...

    The book is an interesting, sometimes engaging, snapshot of a moment in time ... I understand the book now has a cult following and I'm of the age to feel a bit nostalgic about the names and circumstances the book centers and about a time when a "slam dunk" was called a "stuff shot" .....

    This is a great sports book about street basketball in Brooklyn during one hot summer in the mid-seventies. It really sets the time and place and made me get nostalgic of growing up not that far away in Woodhaven,NY. What a different time it was! ...

    This book is a version of an ethnography from the lens of one sports journalist, Rick Telander. ...

    The writing is over the top trying, but the pictures are cool. ...

    In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditions. Not only did he get the information he wanted for his book, but he also made many ...

    By Elijah Okagbare The book that I just finished reading is called Heaven Is A Playground by Rick Telander . This is a nonfiction book, as Rick Telander gathered this information by spending four months on the dangerous streets of Harlem while doing an article on the lives of seve...

  • Mattmiller
    Nov 26, 2012

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

  • Myles
    May 01, 2018

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

    Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and the ideals, he kept wanting more. Observant and intrigued, his motives for staying bl...

    While reading about the upcoming Kansas vs. Austin Peay game in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament I was reminded of a book I read long ago about a New York City playground legend named James "Fly" Williams who later played two seasons of college basketball at Austin Peay in t...

    In his 1974 classic, ?Heaven is a Playground,? sports writer Rick Telander leaves a lot of important questions unanswered. For example, if a ghetto playground in Brooklyn is heaven for a basketball aficionado, how much of the playground is heaven and how much is hell for the black ...

  • Chris J
    Mar 17, 2016

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

    Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and the ideals, he kept wanting more. Observant and intrigued, his motives for staying bl...

    While reading about the upcoming Kansas vs. Austin Peay game in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament I was reminded of a book I read long ago about a New York City playground legend named James "Fly" Williams who later played two seasons of college basketball at Austin Peay in t...

  • Josh Schneier
    Sep 14, 2011

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

    Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and the ideals, he kept wanting more. Observant and intrigued, his motives for staying bl...

    While reading about the upcoming Kansas vs. Austin Peay game in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament I was reminded of a book I read long ago about a New York City playground legend named James "Fly" Williams who later played two seasons of college basketball at Austin Peay in t...

    In his 1974 classic, ?Heaven is a Playground,? sports writer Rick Telander leaves a lot of important questions unanswered. For example, if a ghetto playground in Brooklyn is heaven for a basketball aficionado, how much of the playground is heaven and how much is hell for the black ...

    (Plot) A guy name Rick Telander spends his whole summer in a ghetto styled community. He meets a group of kids that play street ball at Brooklyn Fosters park and he ends up spending his time teaching them how to play basketball. He eventually became their coach and taut them the true w...

    Telander states in the most recent preface that the book itself can sometimes read as dated but that he has chosen not to edit or change the language. In many ways I think that was a beautiful decision. It leaves the book as a bit of a relic - white educated America trying to understan...

    A great book about pickup ball in Brooklyn. I loved it at first, it mentions my old AAU coach, Lester Roberts, as the business owner that printed the shirts for the Subway Stars. He later started an AAU program in my hometown of Baton Rouge. What I didn't like about the book was the in...

    The book is an interesting, sometimes engaging, snapshot of a moment in time ... I understand the book now has a cult following and I'm of the age to feel a bit nostalgic about the names and circumstances the book centers and about a time when a "slam dunk" was called a "stuff shot" .....

    This is a great sports book about street basketball in Brooklyn during one hot summer in the mid-seventies. It really sets the time and place and made me get nostalgic of growing up not that far away in Woodhaven,NY. What a different time it was! ...

    This book is a version of an ethnography from the lens of one sports journalist, Rick Telander. ...

    The writing is over the top trying, but the pictures are cool. ...

    In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditions. Not only did he get the information he wanted for his book, but he also made many ...

  • Justin
    Oct 05, 2011

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

    Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and the ideals, he kept wanting more. Observant and intrigued, his motives for staying bl...

    While reading about the upcoming Kansas vs. Austin Peay game in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament I was reminded of a book I read long ago about a New York City playground legend named James "Fly" Williams who later played two seasons of college basketball at Austin Peay in t...

    In his 1974 classic, ?Heaven is a Playground,? sports writer Rick Telander leaves a lot of important questions unanswered. For example, if a ghetto playground in Brooklyn is heaven for a basketball aficionado, how much of the playground is heaven and how much is hell for the black ...

    (Plot) A guy name Rick Telander spends his whole summer in a ghetto styled community. He meets a group of kids that play street ball at Brooklyn Fosters park and he ends up spending his time teaching them how to play basketball. He eventually became their coach and taut them the true w...

    Telander states in the most recent preface that the book itself can sometimes read as dated but that he has chosen not to edit or change the language. In many ways I think that was a beautiful decision. It leaves the book as a bit of a relic - white educated America trying to understan...

    A great book about pickup ball in Brooklyn. I loved it at first, it mentions my old AAU coach, Lester Roberts, as the business owner that printed the shirts for the Subway Stars. He later started an AAU program in my hometown of Baton Rouge. What I didn't like about the book was the in...

    The book is an interesting, sometimes engaging, snapshot of a moment in time ... I understand the book now has a cult following and I'm of the age to feel a bit nostalgic about the names and circumstances the book centers and about a time when a "slam dunk" was called a "stuff shot" .....

    This is a great sports book about street basketball in Brooklyn during one hot summer in the mid-seventies. It really sets the time and place and made me get nostalgic of growing up not that far away in Woodhaven,NY. What a different time it was! ...

    This book is a version of an ethnography from the lens of one sports journalist, Rick Telander. ...

    The writing is over the top trying, but the pictures are cool. ...

    In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditions. Not only did he get the information he wanted for his book, but he also made many ...

    By Elijah Okagbare The book that I just finished reading is called Heaven Is A Playground by Rick Telander . This is a nonfiction book, as Rick Telander gathered this information by spending four months on the dangerous streets of Harlem while doing an article on the lives of seve...

    Jake Graziano Ms. Pryle English II H 7 March 2014 5 out of 5 From Worst to First In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditio...

    In the summer of 1974, Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, spent his time in and around Foster's Park, the notorious training ground for street ballers, befriending the rotating cast of neighborhood characters. Probably the best thing about this book is Telander's remarkable ...

    A bit dated ... What was ground-breaking in the mid-'70's - not so much anymore. But, it was still a fascinating read by a white guy who spent a summer sleeping on the floor of somebody's sparsely-furnished apartment in a Brooklyn ghetto, spending his days at the local park. One of ...

    If heaven is a playground then basketball is God: immortal, omnipotent, indifferent. Players come and go, but the playground remains, and in many ways that is the gift of this book. The victory of those high priests rewarded for their devotion with college places and accolades, and the...

    Okay, so heaven is a playground is a book that is viewed from a photographers stand point, That photographers name is Rick Telander. This book is in the 1973 and 1974 summer. He discovered a playground kids who all are good basketball players but it was one who was a playground legend ...

    This is a great book about life that also happens to be about basketball. Like "The Basketball Diaries", the backdrop of this book is about real people who have some real problems. In my opinion the book shows how little it really takes to give people in some really depressed situation...

    Jemille Edwards 05/21/2015 Heaven is a playground was a great book I recommend it to everyone because it is very inspiring and motivative. It basically talks about how Rodney a great basketball coach that helps players get scholarships and get into college that are from the streets. ...

    This book is cool, if only to know what it's like for the guys who DON'T make it to the NBA. This book tells the story of one guy named Fly Williams who had all the talent to go to the pros, but got caught up in a bunch of shit and instead became just another dude who coulda/shoulda be...

    Nice non-fiction documentary capturing a time in New York history where the city was almost bankrupt, crime was out of control, and heroin use was growing. Telander takes us deep into the Brooklyn ghetto and introduces us to a dozen young African-American men whose only hope of getting...

    Originally when this book was recommended I was concerned that the sports theme would cause this book to be boring, but that wasn't the case at all. Although Telander does use technical as well as slang basketball terms throughout, this book is much more about life than basketball, or ...

    This book leaves the reader with some melancholy. Some of the young players the author encounters go on to great success like Bernard King but also other players who have slipped into the perils of poverty and crime. The book presents some interesting adult characters too, such as a pr...

    I'm reading Heaven is a Playground by Rick Telander. It is a really good book. It explains how people live in bad neighborhoods. This one takes place in New York, at Foster Park. Foster Park is a place where people play basketball all day long. One day they can hope that they can escap...

    Telander's account of inner-city basketball, and life, in New York in the mid 70's is a riveting account of how basketball and life can be intertwined. Being a fan of basketball, streetball, and New York City life this book should have made it to the top of my priority list sooner, but...

  • Kobe Mandell
    Dec 20, 2012

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

    Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and the ideals, he kept wanting more. Observant and intrigued, his motives for staying bl...

    While reading about the upcoming Kansas vs. Austin Peay game in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament I was reminded of a book I read long ago about a New York City playground legend named James "Fly" Williams who later played two seasons of college basketball at Austin Peay in t...

    In his 1974 classic, ?Heaven is a Playground,? sports writer Rick Telander leaves a lot of important questions unanswered. For example, if a ghetto playground in Brooklyn is heaven for a basketball aficionado, how much of the playground is heaven and how much is hell for the black ...

    (Plot) A guy name Rick Telander spends his whole summer in a ghetto styled community. He meets a group of kids that play street ball at Brooklyn Fosters park and he ends up spending his time teaching them how to play basketball. He eventually became their coach and taut them the true w...

    Telander states in the most recent preface that the book itself can sometimes read as dated but that he has chosen not to edit or change the language. In many ways I think that was a beautiful decision. It leaves the book as a bit of a relic - white educated America trying to understan...

    A great book about pickup ball in Brooklyn. I loved it at first, it mentions my old AAU coach, Lester Roberts, as the business owner that printed the shirts for the Subway Stars. He later started an AAU program in my hometown of Baton Rouge. What I didn't like about the book was the in...

    The book is an interesting, sometimes engaging, snapshot of a moment in time ... I understand the book now has a cult following and I'm of the age to feel a bit nostalgic about the names and circumstances the book centers and about a time when a "slam dunk" was called a "stuff shot" .....

    This is a great sports book about street basketball in Brooklyn during one hot summer in the mid-seventies. It really sets the time and place and made me get nostalgic of growing up not that far away in Woodhaven,NY. What a different time it was! ...

    This book is a version of an ethnography from the lens of one sports journalist, Rick Telander. ...

    The writing is over the top trying, but the pictures are cool. ...

    In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditions. Not only did he get the information he wanted for his book, but he also made many ...

    By Elijah Okagbare The book that I just finished reading is called Heaven Is A Playground by Rick Telander . This is a nonfiction book, as Rick Telander gathered this information by spending four months on the dangerous streets of Harlem while doing an article on the lives of seve...

    Jake Graziano Ms. Pryle English II H 7 March 2014 5 out of 5 From Worst to First In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditio...

    In the summer of 1974, Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, spent his time in and around Foster's Park, the notorious training ground for street ballers, befriending the rotating cast of neighborhood characters. Probably the best thing about this book is Telander's remarkable ...

    A bit dated ... What was ground-breaking in the mid-'70's - not so much anymore. But, it was still a fascinating read by a white guy who spent a summer sleeping on the floor of somebody's sparsely-furnished apartment in a Brooklyn ghetto, spending his days at the local park. One of ...

    If heaven is a playground then basketball is God: immortal, omnipotent, indifferent. Players come and go, but the playground remains, and in many ways that is the gift of this book. The victory of those high priests rewarded for their devotion with college places and accolades, and the...

    Okay, so heaven is a playground is a book that is viewed from a photographers stand point, That photographers name is Rick Telander. This book is in the 1973 and 1974 summer. He discovered a playground kids who all are good basketball players but it was one who was a playground legend ...

    This is a great book about life that also happens to be about basketball. Like "The Basketball Diaries", the backdrop of this book is about real people who have some real problems. In my opinion the book shows how little it really takes to give people in some really depressed situation...

    Jemille Edwards 05/21/2015 Heaven is a playground was a great book I recommend it to everyone because it is very inspiring and motivative. It basically talks about how Rodney a great basketball coach that helps players get scholarships and get into college that are from the streets. ...

    This book is cool, if only to know what it's like for the guys who DON'T make it to the NBA. This book tells the story of one guy named Fly Williams who had all the talent to go to the pros, but got caught up in a bunch of shit and instead became just another dude who coulda/shoulda be...

    Nice non-fiction documentary capturing a time in New York history where the city was almost bankrupt, crime was out of control, and heroin use was growing. Telander takes us deep into the Brooklyn ghetto and introduces us to a dozen young African-American men whose only hope of getting...

    Originally when this book was recommended I was concerned that the sports theme would cause this book to be boring, but that wasn't the case at all. Although Telander does use technical as well as slang basketball terms throughout, this book is much more about life than basketball, or ...

    This book leaves the reader with some melancholy. Some of the young players the author encounters go on to great success like Bernard King but also other players who have slipped into the perils of poverty and crime. The book presents some interesting adult characters too, such as a pr...

    I'm reading Heaven is a Playground by Rick Telander. It is a really good book. It explains how people live in bad neighborhoods. This one takes place in New York, at Foster Park. Foster Park is a place where people play basketball all day long. One day they can hope that they can escap...

  • Brenna
    May 23, 2018

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

    Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and the ideals, he kept wanting more. Observant and intrigued, his motives for staying bl...

    While reading about the upcoming Kansas vs. Austin Peay game in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament I was reminded of a book I read long ago about a New York City playground legend named James "Fly" Williams who later played two seasons of college basketball at Austin Peay in t...

    In his 1974 classic, ?Heaven is a Playground,? sports writer Rick Telander leaves a lot of important questions unanswered. For example, if a ghetto playground in Brooklyn is heaven for a basketball aficionado, how much of the playground is heaven and how much is hell for the black ...

    (Plot) A guy name Rick Telander spends his whole summer in a ghetto styled community. He meets a group of kids that play street ball at Brooklyn Fosters park and he ends up spending his time teaching them how to play basketball. He eventually became their coach and taut them the true w...

    Telander states in the most recent preface that the book itself can sometimes read as dated but that he has chosen not to edit or change the language. In many ways I think that was a beautiful decision. It leaves the book as a bit of a relic - white educated America trying to understan...

    A great book about pickup ball in Brooklyn. I loved it at first, it mentions my old AAU coach, Lester Roberts, as the business owner that printed the shirts for the Subway Stars. He later started an AAU program in my hometown of Baton Rouge. What I didn't like about the book was the in...

    The book is an interesting, sometimes engaging, snapshot of a moment in time ... I understand the book now has a cult following and I'm of the age to feel a bit nostalgic about the names and circumstances the book centers and about a time when a "slam dunk" was called a "stuff shot" .....

    This is a great sports book about street basketball in Brooklyn during one hot summer in the mid-seventies. It really sets the time and place and made me get nostalgic of growing up not that far away in Woodhaven,NY. What a different time it was! ...

    This book is a version of an ethnography from the lens of one sports journalist, Rick Telander. ...

    The writing is over the top trying, but the pictures are cool. ...

  • Bill Talley
    Jul 13, 2012

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

    Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and the ideals, he kept wanting more. Observant and intrigued, his motives for staying bl...

    While reading about the upcoming Kansas vs. Austin Peay game in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament I was reminded of a book I read long ago about a New York City playground legend named James "Fly" Williams who later played two seasons of college basketball at Austin Peay in t...

    In his 1974 classic, ?Heaven is a Playground,? sports writer Rick Telander leaves a lot of important questions unanswered. For example, if a ghetto playground in Brooklyn is heaven for a basketball aficionado, how much of the playground is heaven and how much is hell for the black ...

    (Plot) A guy name Rick Telander spends his whole summer in a ghetto styled community. He meets a group of kids that play street ball at Brooklyn Fosters park and he ends up spending his time teaching them how to play basketball. He eventually became their coach and taut them the true w...

    Telander states in the most recent preface that the book itself can sometimes read as dated but that he has chosen not to edit or change the language. In many ways I think that was a beautiful decision. It leaves the book as a bit of a relic - white educated America trying to understan...

    A great book about pickup ball in Brooklyn. I loved it at first, it mentions my old AAU coach, Lester Roberts, as the business owner that printed the shirts for the Subway Stars. He later started an AAU program in my hometown of Baton Rouge. What I didn't like about the book was the in...

    The book is an interesting, sometimes engaging, snapshot of a moment in time ... I understand the book now has a cult following and I'm of the age to feel a bit nostalgic about the names and circumstances the book centers and about a time when a "slam dunk" was called a "stuff shot" .....

    This is a great sports book about street basketball in Brooklyn during one hot summer in the mid-seventies. It really sets the time and place and made me get nostalgic of growing up not that far away in Woodhaven,NY. What a different time it was! ...

    This book is a version of an ethnography from the lens of one sports journalist, Rick Telander. ...

    The writing is over the top trying, but the pictures are cool. ...

    In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditions. Not only did he get the information he wanted for his book, but he also made many ...

    By Elijah Okagbare The book that I just finished reading is called Heaven Is A Playground by Rick Telander . This is a nonfiction book, as Rick Telander gathered this information by spending four months on the dangerous streets of Harlem while doing an article on the lives of seve...

    Jake Graziano Ms. Pryle English II H 7 March 2014 5 out of 5 From Worst to First In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditio...

    In the summer of 1974, Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, spent his time in and around Foster's Park, the notorious training ground for street ballers, befriending the rotating cast of neighborhood characters. Probably the best thing about this book is Telander's remarkable ...

    A bit dated ... What was ground-breaking in the mid-'70's - not so much anymore. But, it was still a fascinating read by a white guy who spent a summer sleeping on the floor of somebody's sparsely-furnished apartment in a Brooklyn ghetto, spending his days at the local park. One of ...

    If heaven is a playground then basketball is God: immortal, omnipotent, indifferent. Players come and go, but the playground remains, and in many ways that is the gift of this book. The victory of those high priests rewarded for their devotion with college places and accolades, and the...

    Okay, so heaven is a playground is a book that is viewed from a photographers stand point, That photographers name is Rick Telander. This book is in the 1973 and 1974 summer. He discovered a playground kids who all are good basketball players but it was one who was a playground legend ...

    This is a great book about life that also happens to be about basketball. Like "The Basketball Diaries", the backdrop of this book is about real people who have some real problems. In my opinion the book shows how little it really takes to give people in some really depressed situation...

  • Philip
    Nov 28, 2018

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

    Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and the ideals, he kept wanting more. Observant and intrigued, his motives for staying bl...

    While reading about the upcoming Kansas vs. Austin Peay game in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament I was reminded of a book I read long ago about a New York City playground legend named James "Fly" Williams who later played two seasons of college basketball at Austin Peay in t...

    In his 1974 classic, ?Heaven is a Playground,? sports writer Rick Telander leaves a lot of important questions unanswered. For example, if a ghetto playground in Brooklyn is heaven for a basketball aficionado, how much of the playground is heaven and how much is hell for the black ...

    (Plot) A guy name Rick Telander spends his whole summer in a ghetto styled community. He meets a group of kids that play street ball at Brooklyn Fosters park and he ends up spending his time teaching them how to play basketball. He eventually became their coach and taut them the true w...

    Telander states in the most recent preface that the book itself can sometimes read as dated but that he has chosen not to edit or change the language. In many ways I think that was a beautiful decision. It leaves the book as a bit of a relic - white educated America trying to understan...

    A great book about pickup ball in Brooklyn. I loved it at first, it mentions my old AAU coach, Lester Roberts, as the business owner that printed the shirts for the Subway Stars. He later started an AAU program in my hometown of Baton Rouge. What I didn't like about the book was the in...

    The book is an interesting, sometimes engaging, snapshot of a moment in time ... I understand the book now has a cult following and I'm of the age to feel a bit nostalgic about the names and circumstances the book centers and about a time when a "slam dunk" was called a "stuff shot" .....

    This is a great sports book about street basketball in Brooklyn during one hot summer in the mid-seventies. It really sets the time and place and made me get nostalgic of growing up not that far away in Woodhaven,NY. What a different time it was! ...

    This book is a version of an ethnography from the lens of one sports journalist, Rick Telander. ...

  • Dave
    Mar 07, 2013

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

    Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and the ideals, he kept wanting more. Observant and intrigued, his motives for staying bl...

    While reading about the upcoming Kansas vs. Austin Peay game in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament I was reminded of a book I read long ago about a New York City playground legend named James "Fly" Williams who later played two seasons of college basketball at Austin Peay in t...

    In his 1974 classic, ?Heaven is a Playground,? sports writer Rick Telander leaves a lot of important questions unanswered. For example, if a ghetto playground in Brooklyn is heaven for a basketball aficionado, how much of the playground is heaven and how much is hell for the black ...

    (Plot) A guy name Rick Telander spends his whole summer in a ghetto styled community. He meets a group of kids that play street ball at Brooklyn Fosters park and he ends up spending his time teaching them how to play basketball. He eventually became their coach and taut them the true w...

    Telander states in the most recent preface that the book itself can sometimes read as dated but that he has chosen not to edit or change the language. In many ways I think that was a beautiful decision. It leaves the book as a bit of a relic - white educated America trying to understan...

    A great book about pickup ball in Brooklyn. I loved it at first, it mentions my old AAU coach, Lester Roberts, as the business owner that printed the shirts for the Subway Stars. He later started an AAU program in my hometown of Baton Rouge. What I didn't like about the book was the in...

    The book is an interesting, sometimes engaging, snapshot of a moment in time ... I understand the book now has a cult following and I'm of the age to feel a bit nostalgic about the names and circumstances the book centers and about a time when a "slam dunk" was called a "stuff shot" .....

    This is a great sports book about street basketball in Brooklyn during one hot summer in the mid-seventies. It really sets the time and place and made me get nostalgic of growing up not that far away in Woodhaven,NY. What a different time it was! ...

    This book is a version of an ethnography from the lens of one sports journalist, Rick Telander. ...

    The writing is over the top trying, but the pictures are cool. ...

    In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditions. Not only did he get the information he wanted for his book, but he also made many ...

    By Elijah Okagbare The book that I just finished reading is called Heaven Is A Playground by Rick Telander . This is a nonfiction book, as Rick Telander gathered this information by spending four months on the dangerous streets of Harlem while doing an article on the lives of seve...

    Jake Graziano Ms. Pryle English II H 7 March 2014 5 out of 5 From Worst to First In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditio...

    In the summer of 1974, Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, spent his time in and around Foster's Park, the notorious training ground for street ballers, befriending the rotating cast of neighborhood characters. Probably the best thing about this book is Telander's remarkable ...

    A bit dated ... What was ground-breaking in the mid-'70's - not so much anymore. But, it was still a fascinating read by a white guy who spent a summer sleeping on the floor of somebody's sparsely-furnished apartment in a Brooklyn ghetto, spending his days at the local park. One of ...

  • Jose
    Apr 23, 2014

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

  • Joe Witiw
    Nov 08, 2018

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

    Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and the ideals, he kept wanting more. Observant and intrigued, his motives for staying bl...

    While reading about the upcoming Kansas vs. Austin Peay game in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament I was reminded of a book I read long ago about a New York City playground legend named James "Fly" Williams who later played two seasons of college basketball at Austin Peay in t...

    In his 1974 classic, ?Heaven is a Playground,? sports writer Rick Telander leaves a lot of important questions unanswered. For example, if a ghetto playground in Brooklyn is heaven for a basketball aficionado, how much of the playground is heaven and how much is hell for the black ...

    (Plot) A guy name Rick Telander spends his whole summer in a ghetto styled community. He meets a group of kids that play street ball at Brooklyn Fosters park and he ends up spending his time teaching them how to play basketball. He eventually became their coach and taut them the true w...

    Telander states in the most recent preface that the book itself can sometimes read as dated but that he has chosen not to edit or change the language. In many ways I think that was a beautiful decision. It leaves the book as a bit of a relic - white educated America trying to understan...

  • Patrick Macke
    Nov 30, 2018

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

    Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and the ideals, he kept wanting more. Observant and intrigued, his motives for staying bl...

    While reading about the upcoming Kansas vs. Austin Peay game in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament I was reminded of a book I read long ago about a New York City playground legend named James "Fly" Williams who later played two seasons of college basketball at Austin Peay in t...

    In his 1974 classic, ?Heaven is a Playground,? sports writer Rick Telander leaves a lot of important questions unanswered. For example, if a ghetto playground in Brooklyn is heaven for a basketball aficionado, how much of the playground is heaven and how much is hell for the black ...

    (Plot) A guy name Rick Telander spends his whole summer in a ghetto styled community. He meets a group of kids that play street ball at Brooklyn Fosters park and he ends up spending his time teaching them how to play basketball. He eventually became their coach and taut them the true w...

    Telander states in the most recent preface that the book itself can sometimes read as dated but that he has chosen not to edit or change the language. In many ways I think that was a beautiful decision. It leaves the book as a bit of a relic - white educated America trying to understan...

    A great book about pickup ball in Brooklyn. I loved it at first, it mentions my old AAU coach, Lester Roberts, as the business owner that printed the shirts for the Subway Stars. He later started an AAU program in my hometown of Baton Rouge. What I didn't like about the book was the in...

    The book is an interesting, sometimes engaging, snapshot of a moment in time ... I understand the book now has a cult following and I'm of the age to feel a bit nostalgic about the names and circumstances the book centers and about a time when a "slam dunk" was called a "stuff shot" .....

  • Emma
    Aug 08, 2016

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

    Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and the ideals, he kept wanting more. Observant and intrigued, his motives for staying bl...

    While reading about the upcoming Kansas vs. Austin Peay game in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament I was reminded of a book I read long ago about a New York City playground legend named James "Fly" Williams who later played two seasons of college basketball at Austin Peay in t...

    In his 1974 classic, ?Heaven is a Playground,? sports writer Rick Telander leaves a lot of important questions unanswered. For example, if a ghetto playground in Brooklyn is heaven for a basketball aficionado, how much of the playground is heaven and how much is hell for the black ...

    (Plot) A guy name Rick Telander spends his whole summer in a ghetto styled community. He meets a group of kids that play street ball at Brooklyn Fosters park and he ends up spending his time teaching them how to play basketball. He eventually became their coach and taut them the true w...

    Telander states in the most recent preface that the book itself can sometimes read as dated but that he has chosen not to edit or change the language. In many ways I think that was a beautiful decision. It leaves the book as a bit of a relic - white educated America trying to understan...

    A great book about pickup ball in Brooklyn. I loved it at first, it mentions my old AAU coach, Lester Roberts, as the business owner that printed the shirts for the Subway Stars. He later started an AAU program in my hometown of Baton Rouge. What I didn't like about the book was the in...

    The book is an interesting, sometimes engaging, snapshot of a moment in time ... I understand the book now has a cult following and I'm of the age to feel a bit nostalgic about the names and circumstances the book centers and about a time when a "slam dunk" was called a "stuff shot" .....

    This is a great sports book about street basketball in Brooklyn during one hot summer in the mid-seventies. It really sets the time and place and made me get nostalgic of growing up not that far away in Woodhaven,NY. What a different time it was! ...

    This book is a version of an ethnography from the lens of one sports journalist, Rick Telander. ...

    The writing is over the top trying, but the pictures are cool. ...

    In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditions. Not only did he get the information he wanted for his book, but he also made many ...

    By Elijah Okagbare The book that I just finished reading is called Heaven Is A Playground by Rick Telander . This is a nonfiction book, as Rick Telander gathered this information by spending four months on the dangerous streets of Harlem while doing an article on the lives of seve...

    Jake Graziano Ms. Pryle English II H 7 March 2014 5 out of 5 From Worst to First In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditio...

    In the summer of 1974, Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, spent his time in and around Foster's Park, the notorious training ground for street ballers, befriending the rotating cast of neighborhood characters. Probably the best thing about this book is Telander's remarkable ...

    A bit dated ... What was ground-breaking in the mid-'70's - not so much anymore. But, it was still a fascinating read by a white guy who spent a summer sleeping on the floor of somebody's sparsely-furnished apartment in a Brooklyn ghetto, spending his days at the local park. One of ...

    If heaven is a playground then basketball is God: immortal, omnipotent, indifferent. Players come and go, but the playground remains, and in many ways that is the gift of this book. The victory of those high priests rewarded for their devotion with college places and accolades, and the...

  • Dan
    Sep 24, 2018

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

    Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and the ideals, he kept wanting more. Observant and intrigued, his motives for staying bl...

    While reading about the upcoming Kansas vs. Austin Peay game in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament I was reminded of a book I read long ago about a New York City playground legend named James "Fly" Williams who later played two seasons of college basketball at Austin Peay in t...

    In his 1974 classic, ?Heaven is a Playground,? sports writer Rick Telander leaves a lot of important questions unanswered. For example, if a ghetto playground in Brooklyn is heaven for a basketball aficionado, how much of the playground is heaven and how much is hell for the black ...

    (Plot) A guy name Rick Telander spends his whole summer in a ghetto styled community. He meets a group of kids that play street ball at Brooklyn Fosters park and he ends up spending his time teaching them how to play basketball. He eventually became their coach and taut them the true w...

    Telander states in the most recent preface that the book itself can sometimes read as dated but that he has chosen not to edit or change the language. In many ways I think that was a beautiful decision. It leaves the book as a bit of a relic - white educated America trying to understan...

    A great book about pickup ball in Brooklyn. I loved it at first, it mentions my old AAU coach, Lester Roberts, as the business owner that printed the shirts for the Subway Stars. He later started an AAU program in my hometown of Baton Rouge. What I didn't like about the book was the in...

    The book is an interesting, sometimes engaging, snapshot of a moment in time ... I understand the book now has a cult following and I'm of the age to feel a bit nostalgic about the names and circumstances the book centers and about a time when a "slam dunk" was called a "stuff shot" .....

    This is a great sports book about street basketball in Brooklyn during one hot summer in the mid-seventies. It really sets the time and place and made me get nostalgic of growing up not that far away in Woodhaven,NY. What a different time it was! ...

  • Peter Nolan
    Mar 03, 2014

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

    Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and the ideals, he kept wanting more. Observant and intrigued, his motives for staying bl...

  • Jake Graziano
    Mar 07, 2014

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

    Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and the ideals, he kept wanting more. Observant and intrigued, his motives for staying bl...

    While reading about the upcoming Kansas vs. Austin Peay game in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament I was reminded of a book I read long ago about a New York City playground legend named James "Fly" Williams who later played two seasons of college basketball at Austin Peay in t...

    In his 1974 classic, ?Heaven is a Playground,? sports writer Rick Telander leaves a lot of important questions unanswered. For example, if a ghetto playground in Brooklyn is heaven for a basketball aficionado, how much of the playground is heaven and how much is hell for the black ...

    (Plot) A guy name Rick Telander spends his whole summer in a ghetto styled community. He meets a group of kids that play street ball at Brooklyn Fosters park and he ends up spending his time teaching them how to play basketball. He eventually became their coach and taut them the true w...

    Telander states in the most recent preface that the book itself can sometimes read as dated but that he has chosen not to edit or change the language. In many ways I think that was a beautiful decision. It leaves the book as a bit of a relic - white educated America trying to understan...

    A great book about pickup ball in Brooklyn. I loved it at first, it mentions my old AAU coach, Lester Roberts, as the business owner that printed the shirts for the Subway Stars. He later started an AAU program in my hometown of Baton Rouge. What I didn't like about the book was the in...

    The book is an interesting, sometimes engaging, snapshot of a moment in time ... I understand the book now has a cult following and I'm of the age to feel a bit nostalgic about the names and circumstances the book centers and about a time when a "slam dunk" was called a "stuff shot" .....

    This is a great sports book about street basketball in Brooklyn during one hot summer in the mid-seventies. It really sets the time and place and made me get nostalgic of growing up not that far away in Woodhaven,NY. What a different time it was! ...

    This book is a version of an ethnography from the lens of one sports journalist, Rick Telander. ...

    The writing is over the top trying, but the pictures are cool. ...

    In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditions. Not only did he get the information he wanted for his book, but he also made many ...

    By Elijah Okagbare The book that I just finished reading is called Heaven Is A Playground by Rick Telander . This is a nonfiction book, as Rick Telander gathered this information by spending four months on the dangerous streets of Harlem while doing an article on the lives of seve...

    Jake Graziano Ms. Pryle English II H 7 March 2014 5 out of 5 From Worst to First In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditio...

  • Matt
    Mar 06, 2014

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

  • Rebecca McNutt
    Sep 01, 2016

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

  • Yusuf Proctor
    May 26, 2015

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

    Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and the ideals, he kept wanting more. Observant and intrigued, his motives for staying bl...

    While reading about the upcoming Kansas vs. Austin Peay game in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament I was reminded of a book I read long ago about a New York City playground legend named James "Fly" Williams who later played two seasons of college basketball at Austin Peay in t...

    In his 1974 classic, ?Heaven is a Playground,? sports writer Rick Telander leaves a lot of important questions unanswered. For example, if a ghetto playground in Brooklyn is heaven for a basketball aficionado, how much of the playground is heaven and how much is hell for the black ...

    (Plot) A guy name Rick Telander spends his whole summer in a ghetto styled community. He meets a group of kids that play street ball at Brooklyn Fosters park and he ends up spending his time teaching them how to play basketball. He eventually became their coach and taut them the true w...

    Telander states in the most recent preface that the book itself can sometimes read as dated but that he has chosen not to edit or change the language. In many ways I think that was a beautiful decision. It leaves the book as a bit of a relic - white educated America trying to understan...

    A great book about pickup ball in Brooklyn. I loved it at first, it mentions my old AAU coach, Lester Roberts, as the business owner that printed the shirts for the Subway Stars. He later started an AAU program in my hometown of Baton Rouge. What I didn't like about the book was the in...

    The book is an interesting, sometimes engaging, snapshot of a moment in time ... I understand the book now has a cult following and I'm of the age to feel a bit nostalgic about the names and circumstances the book centers and about a time when a "slam dunk" was called a "stuff shot" .....

    This is a great sports book about street basketball in Brooklyn during one hot summer in the mid-seventies. It really sets the time and place and made me get nostalgic of growing up not that far away in Woodhaven,NY. What a different time it was! ...

    This book is a version of an ethnography from the lens of one sports journalist, Rick Telander. ...

    The writing is over the top trying, but the pictures are cool. ...

    In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditions. Not only did he get the information he wanted for his book, but he also made many ...

    By Elijah Okagbare The book that I just finished reading is called Heaven Is A Playground by Rick Telander . This is a nonfiction book, as Rick Telander gathered this information by spending four months on the dangerous streets of Harlem while doing an article on the lives of seve...

    Jake Graziano Ms. Pryle English II H 7 March 2014 5 out of 5 From Worst to First In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditio...

    In the summer of 1974, Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, spent his time in and around Foster's Park, the notorious training ground for street ballers, befriending the rotating cast of neighborhood characters. Probably the best thing about this book is Telander's remarkable ...

    A bit dated ... What was ground-breaking in the mid-'70's - not so much anymore. But, it was still a fascinating read by a white guy who spent a summer sleeping on the floor of somebody's sparsely-furnished apartment in a Brooklyn ghetto, spending his days at the local park. One of ...

    If heaven is a playground then basketball is God: immortal, omnipotent, indifferent. Players come and go, but the playground remains, and in many ways that is the gift of this book. The victory of those high priests rewarded for their devotion with college places and accolades, and the...

    Okay, so heaven is a playground is a book that is viewed from a photographers stand point, That photographers name is Rick Telander. This book is in the 1973 and 1974 summer. He discovered a playground kids who all are good basketball players but it was one who was a playground legend ...

  • Andrew Dunn
    May 17, 2018

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

    Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and the ideals, he kept wanting more. Observant and intrigued, his motives for staying bl...

    While reading about the upcoming Kansas vs. Austin Peay game in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament I was reminded of a book I read long ago about a New York City playground legend named James "Fly" Williams who later played two seasons of college basketball at Austin Peay in t...

    In his 1974 classic, ?Heaven is a Playground,? sports writer Rick Telander leaves a lot of important questions unanswered. For example, if a ghetto playground in Brooklyn is heaven for a basketball aficionado, how much of the playground is heaven and how much is hell for the black ...

    (Plot) A guy name Rick Telander spends his whole summer in a ghetto styled community. He meets a group of kids that play street ball at Brooklyn Fosters park and he ends up spending his time teaching them how to play basketball. He eventually became their coach and taut them the true w...

    Telander states in the most recent preface that the book itself can sometimes read as dated but that he has chosen not to edit or change the language. In many ways I think that was a beautiful decision. It leaves the book as a bit of a relic - white educated America trying to understan...

    A great book about pickup ball in Brooklyn. I loved it at first, it mentions my old AAU coach, Lester Roberts, as the business owner that printed the shirts for the Subway Stars. He later started an AAU program in my hometown of Baton Rouge. What I didn't like about the book was the in...

  • Jemille Edwards
    May 21, 2015

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

    Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and the ideals, he kept wanting more. Observant and intrigued, his motives for staying bl...

    While reading about the upcoming Kansas vs. Austin Peay game in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament I was reminded of a book I read long ago about a New York City playground legend named James "Fly" Williams who later played two seasons of college basketball at Austin Peay in t...

    In his 1974 classic, ?Heaven is a Playground,? sports writer Rick Telander leaves a lot of important questions unanswered. For example, if a ghetto playground in Brooklyn is heaven for a basketball aficionado, how much of the playground is heaven and how much is hell for the black ...

    (Plot) A guy name Rick Telander spends his whole summer in a ghetto styled community. He meets a group of kids that play street ball at Brooklyn Fosters park and he ends up spending his time teaching them how to play basketball. He eventually became their coach and taut them the true w...

    Telander states in the most recent preface that the book itself can sometimes read as dated but that he has chosen not to edit or change the language. In many ways I think that was a beautiful decision. It leaves the book as a bit of a relic - white educated America trying to understan...

    A great book about pickup ball in Brooklyn. I loved it at first, it mentions my old AAU coach, Lester Roberts, as the business owner that printed the shirts for the Subway Stars. He later started an AAU program in my hometown of Baton Rouge. What I didn't like about the book was the in...

    The book is an interesting, sometimes engaging, snapshot of a moment in time ... I understand the book now has a cult following and I'm of the age to feel a bit nostalgic about the names and circumstances the book centers and about a time when a "slam dunk" was called a "stuff shot" .....

    This is a great sports book about street basketball in Brooklyn during one hot summer in the mid-seventies. It really sets the time and place and made me get nostalgic of growing up not that far away in Woodhaven,NY. What a different time it was! ...

    This book is a version of an ethnography from the lens of one sports journalist, Rick Telander. ...

    The writing is over the top trying, but the pictures are cool. ...

    In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditions. Not only did he get the information he wanted for his book, but he also made many ...

    By Elijah Okagbare The book that I just finished reading is called Heaven Is A Playground by Rick Telander . This is a nonfiction book, as Rick Telander gathered this information by spending four months on the dangerous streets of Harlem while doing an article on the lives of seve...

    Jake Graziano Ms. Pryle English II H 7 March 2014 5 out of 5 From Worst to First In May of 1974, Rick Telander, a sports journalist, traveled to the heart of Brooklyn, New York, for a whole summer. Rick wanted to write a book about inner city basketball and life in these conditio...

    In the summer of 1974, Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, spent his time in and around Foster's Park, the notorious training ground for street ballers, befriending the rotating cast of neighborhood characters. Probably the best thing about this book is Telander's remarkable ...

    A bit dated ... What was ground-breaking in the mid-'70's - not so much anymore. But, it was still a fascinating read by a white guy who spent a summer sleeping on the floor of somebody's sparsely-furnished apartment in a Brooklyn ghetto, spending his days at the local park. One of ...

    If heaven is a playground then basketball is God: immortal, omnipotent, indifferent. Players come and go, but the playground remains, and in many ways that is the gift of this book. The victory of those high priests rewarded for their devotion with college places and accolades, and the...

    Okay, so heaven is a playground is a book that is viewed from a photographers stand point, That photographers name is Rick Telander. This book is in the 1973 and 1974 summer. He discovered a playground kids who all are good basketball players but it was one who was a playground legend ...

    This is a great book about life that also happens to be about basketball. Like "The Basketball Diaries", the backdrop of this book is about real people who have some real problems. In my opinion the book shows how little it really takes to give people in some really depressed situation...

    Jemille Edwards 05/21/2015 Heaven is a playground was a great book I recommend it to everyone because it is very inspiring and motivative. It basically talks about how Rodney a great basketball coach that helps players get scholarships and get into college that are from the streets. ...

  • Tommy meeker
    Dec 01, 2016

    This book is a classic for a reason. Telander masterfully unfolds how the culture of basketball functions on and around the courts of Brooklyn during the early 1970s. We meet kids who dream of getting out of the inner-city via basketball scholarships. We meet kids who have left to play...

    I was rather reluctant to read this book. Let's just say that sports and I aren't exactly the best of friends, not since the forced gym classes of my junior high school days. I know nothing at all about basketball aside from the horror of them being used as potential weapons by bullyin...

    An Eye-Opening inside Look: Heaven is a Playground 5 out of 5 stars Imagine yourself in a basketball game, or whatever sport you love; that rush of adrenaline, the excitement of competition and the amazing feeling you get when you make a good play. Although it may be hard to belie...

    Afros, tubesocks, Pro Keds, finger rolls, stuff shots, the ABA, and Kool and the Gang are all the rage among the basketball youths of the inner-city in Heaven is a Playground. Set in Brooklyn during the summer of 1974, Rick Telander spends a tumultuous off-season logging the stories of...

    Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and the ideals, he kept wanting more. Observant and intrigued, his motives for staying bl...

    While reading about the upcoming Kansas vs. Austin Peay game in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament I was reminded of a book I read long ago about a New York City playground legend named James "Fly" Williams who later played two seasons of college basketball at Austin Peay in t...

    In his 1974 classic, ?Heaven is a Playground,? sports writer Rick Telander leaves a lot of important questions unanswered. For example, if a ghetto playground in Brooklyn is heaven for a basketball aficionado, how much of the playground is heaven and how much is hell for the black ...

    (Plot) A guy name Rick Telander spends his whole summer in a ghetto styled community. He meets a group of kids that play street ball at Brooklyn Fosters park and he ends up spending his time teaching them how to play basketball. He eventually became their coach and taut them the true w...