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This beautiful Brooklyn park was created by the same architects responsible for the splendid Central Park in Manhattan. Unlike its more famous cousin in Manhattan, Prospect Park sits pretty amidst a primarily residential area and is not surrounded by skyscrapers. Many Olmsted fans dub this 526 acre (212.87 hectare) park his crowning achievement. It features horseback riding, ice skating, tennis, paddle boats and a carousel, as well as the Prospect Park Wildlife Center. There is a band shell for concerts, and Prospect Lake is often teeming with ducks, geese and swans.
Recently renovated, the Gil Hodges Community Garden has bloomed into a natural haven within the industrial Gowanus neighborhood. The area is home to many community groups and a diverse population that comes together to tend the garden, play chess in the park and enjoy the fragrance of the collection of flowers. The park is also environmentally friendly, as it has been designed to repurpose rainwater from the flood-prone area. It serves as a great outdoor space for families with children, and the community garden provides an opportunity for kids to learn about plants and gardening.
Brower Park was constructed in the late 19th Century and fell under the ownership of Brooklyn borough in 1892. It is a favorite with children for cycling, skating, playing basketball and handball. The elders have plenty of walking areas under canopies of native trees. The park also has a beautiful lawn and several benches for the elderly. There are spaces to exercise your canine as well. This park is the site of geocache activities and local events.
Named after the ‘Mayor of Bedford-Stuyvesant’, the Herbert Von King Park offers 7.82 acres (3.16 hectares) of green respite for Brooklyn’s residents. Originally opened as Tompkins Park, this park was one of the first in Brooklyn. Today, the park serves as a recreational haunt for locals, and has facilities like barbecue areas, playgrounds, dog runs, and handball courts to ensure everyone has a good time. The park also plays host to concerts, arts festivals and other events.
Rich in history, Fort Greene Park’s beginnings emerged in the form of Fort Putnam, which is today located within the park. In 1812, the fort was christened in the name of Major General Nathanael Greene and since there was not any actual worry of conflict or a war at the time, the fort was used by the locals as a recreational space. In the park, there is also a famous memorial, the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument, which honors the lives of thousands of Americans who died as a result of imprisonment aboard a ship by the British. A visit to this park gives all its visitors a broader perspective of the history of the city and its residents. The hugely-popular Brooklyn Flea on Saturdays is right across the park.
Created in 1838 as a pastoral park, this breathtaking cemetery covers 478 acres landscaped with lakes, gardens, rambling paths and of course, some of the finest cemetery landmarks in the country. Often used by New Yorkers as a day trip to escape the noise of the city, the serenity of this place is often overwhelming. It has been noted that Frederick Law Olmsted used Green-Wood as a basis for his original designs of Central Park. Notable residents include the composer Leonard Bernstein and stained-glass artist Louis Comfort Tiffany.