As most people are aware, space, including green space, are valuable assets in the city of New York. When people think of relaxing spots in the city, Central Park is frequently mentioned the most. But where does Brooklyn’s 585-acre cultural haven Prospect Park stand?
Prospect Park, like Central Park, was created by the architectural partnership of Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted. However, Prospect Park, which opened in 1867, is noteworthy in and of itself. The part is open all year, although it shines brightest in the summer. From West Drive to Prospect Park Lake, all the way to the Boathouse, with meadows, trails, and walkways in between, here’s your complete guide.
The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Arch, located in the heart of a bustling traffic circle at Grand Army Plaza, is a testimony to the architectural ambitions of the 19th century, similar to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The arch, which was constructed in 1892 to memorialize Union troops who served during the Civil War, occupies the surrounding landscape leading to Prospect Park.
The junctions of bicyclists, runners, and pedestrians at West Drive is seen after approaching four eagle-topped arches at the main entrance of Prospect Park. Since 2015, West Drive has been car-free, and the whole park has become car-free earlier this year, resulting in a less rushed environment throughout its vicinity. This is a beloved portion of the park because of the tree canopy that covers much of West Drive and allows sunshine to penetrate through the tree leaves.
Prospect Park West, one of city’s most coveted residential streets and an entryway to Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, may be reached by turning west and walking somewhat beyond the park boundaries. The street features a combination of co-op buildings, brownstones, rowhouses, and neo-Italian Renaissance mansions, reflecting the neighborhood’s growth in the early twentieth century. The Litchfield Villa, an Italian villa built between 1854 and 1857 upon what was originally a private estate, is located inside the park’s limits at 95 Prospect Park West. The Prospect Park Alliance, a nonprofit organization that works with the City of New York to preserve and advertise the park, presently has headquarters in the structure designed by prominent architect Alexander Jackson Davis for Brooklyn investor Edwin Clark Litchfield.
Back on the main lawns, the sprawling Long Meadow runs the length of the park’s northern edge. On any day of warm weather, you can see folks sunbathing on the grass, doing yoga, and having picnics. The Donald and Barbara Zucker Natural Exploration Area, located near Nellie’s Law, allows kids to climb storm-damaged trees and play around. The Long Meadow Ballfields lie further south, where there are constantly baseball games to see.
The 55-acre Prospect Park Lake characterizes the terrain at the park’s southern end. In the lake and along the coast, ducks are common visitors. It could have been the most peaceful area in Brooklyn on a typical weekday afternoon, with kayakers in the range and the steady sound of water striking the coastline. Check out the video above, and let our Homeless Penthouse Crew take you to a virtual tour around this amazing park!