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Prospect Park

Prospect Park, Brooklyn boasts over 500 acres of green space, unique architecture, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Public Library.

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Even in more residential Brooklyn, backyards are a luxury. Prospect Park is where residents of all ages come to play, and is also where you'll find the borough's zoo and botanic garden.

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At a Glance

  • Charge!: The Battle of Brooklyn, in which George Washington's troops lost to the British, took place here in 1776.
  • Fabulous foliage: Prospect Park is home to Brooklyn’s last remaining natural forest, consisting of 250 acres of woodland trees including oak, hickory, and American elm.
  • Watch out: In 1976, the bronze Victory sculpture of Columbia on top of Grand Army Plaza's arch fell out of her chariot, highlighting the area's general neglect. The Arch underwent restorations in 1980 and again in 2000.

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About Prospect Park

The thriving 585 acres of Brooklyn's Prospect Park were laid out by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, the pair responsible for Manhattan’s Central Park. Vigorous restoration efforts in recent years have revitalized the park, and today it is once again one of the city’s most popular destinations for recreation. Accessible via numerous subway lines, visitors come to admire the park’s 90-acre Long Meadow and 60-acre lake, or visit the Prospect Park Zoo, the historic carousel, or the Read More [+]

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