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Educational features at this playspace include a replica of Minetta Brook. Once a part of Manhattan’s wetland ecosystem, the real Minetta Brook now runs underground. The flow of water in the brook is controlled by interactive play structures. Brass animals, such as turtles and crabs, dot the playground. The sand play area and fences also recall Manhattan’s ecological history. While not immediately obvious, the jungle gym pays homage to the “White Fort” which was once located on nearby Gansevoort Peninsula ("Gansevoort" means "white fort" in Dutch). Also known as Fort Gansevoort, this was an important part of New York City’s military campaign during the War of 1812. It was razed in the mid 1850’s to make way for new market uses.