Must-See Prospect Park
by Heather Liang, 10/02/2013
One of NYC's most beautiful and intriguing public spaces, 585-acre Prospect Park is sandwiched between five Brooklyn neighborhoods—Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Prospect Park South and Windsor Terrace. Though it may seem dauntingly large, Prospect Park is actually very easy to get to and navigate. (View a map of the park at prospectpark.org.) Bounded by Grand Army Plaza on the north end, Parkside Avenue on the south (the Parade Ground extends to Caton Avenue), Prospect Park West/Southwest on one flank and Flatbush and Ocean Avenues on the other, the park is accessible via the 2, 3, B, F, G, Q and S subway lines. If you choose to drive, look for street parking along the perimeter. Some of these spots are metered, so be sure to have quarters on hand. Like all New York City parks, Prospect Park is closed from 1am to 5am.
Prospect Park was constructed between 1865 and 1895 by Central Park designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. In addition to the ball fields, running paths and playgrounds typical of most parks, Prospect Park is known for its luxuriously vast green spaces, including wetlands, forest areas and a great number of trees. Some of its more popular attractions include the bandshell, Audubon Center, the zoo and Grand Army Plaza, to name a few. View the following slides to learn more about some of the park's best features and how you can enjoy them.