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Prospect Park

Map & Directions 95 Prospect Park W.
Brooklyn, NY 11215


Village Voice's Description

There is an idea that Brooklyn is Manhattanas stepsister. All things came to Manhattan first and then filtered into Brooklyn. At half the size of Central Park, Prospect Park was designed at virtually the same time by the same architects based on the same plan. Brooklyn is not Manhattanas stepsister; at one time it was the third-largest city in the nation. Soapbox aside, Prospect Park is less formal-feeling than Central Park. It has plazas and gardens, and places for barbeques and a lovely Japanese Garden and a zoo. It is also free and not hard to get to.

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  • Time Out New York on 10/31/11

    NYC’s best collective backyard boasts prime people-watching spots such as the Long Meadow and Nethermead The woodland expanse of the Ravine is a towering forest within bustling Brooklyn.

  • Time Out New York on 09/10/10

    Walk along the south shore of the lake in fall: the sugar maples are the first trees to change color, and everything is reflected in the water, doubling the spectacle.

  • Showtime Network on 06/04/10

    One of the most beautiful parks in the city allows you to escape the mayhem, watch an outdoor concert or let your dog off leash in one of the most pet & queer friendly neighborhoods in NYC. - Whitney

  • Time Out New York on 02/01/12

    During warmer months, a picnic on the Long Meadow can’t be beat, but until then, grab a cup of hot cider at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket (Sat 8am–4pm) and explore the secluded nooks in this park.

  • NYC Parks on 02/10/13

    On days with heavy snowfall, head to the tennis house near 9th St. for a NYC Parks Snow Day! We have sleds, free hot chocolate, snow angel contests, snowball fights, and more!

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