Prospect Park

Brooklyn, Events

Citi Bike cyclists in Prospect Park; photo courtesy of CitiBike

Does your child want to ditch the training wheels? Need a new helmet? Head to Prospect Park this weekend for the park’s first annual “Bike Day.” Hosted by the Prospect Park Alliance with Citi Bike and Bike New York, the free event on Sunday, Oct. 20 hopes to encourage a more diverse group of New Yorkers to take up biking by offering demonstrations, classes, prizes, and a one-month free trial of Citi Bike.

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City Living, Features, NYC Guides

10 of the best running spots in New York City

By Alexandra Alexa, Mon, June 10, 2019

Photo via PxHere

For avid runners and beginners alike, New York City offers a wide range of places to hit the pavement, from its iconic bridges to green trails nestled in the city’s parks. The scenic routes provide unbeatable views of the river and skyline that can keep you motivated to keep going when you’re ready to give up. Ahead, we round up the 10 most iconic spots to go for a run in the city, fit for regular marathoners, treadmill-devotees looking for a change of scenery, and total newbies.

Lace up those sneakers…

Brooklyn, Flatbush, Landmarks Preservation Commission

Rendering courtesy of the Prospect Park Alliance, via LPC

Brooklyn is getting a new bike lane. The Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday approved a plan from the city’s Parks Department to build a protected bike lane on Ocean Avenue around the perimeter of Prospect Park. But two LPC commissioners opposed the design because it calls for removing 57 healthy trees to make way for the new path, the Brooklyn Eagle reported.

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Art, History

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Rendering by Amanda Williams and Olalekan Jeyifous.

In New York City’s five boroughs, only five out of 150 monuments of historic figures depict women. Launched last year, a program from Women.nyc called She Built NYC is attempting to narrow that gap by commissioning monuments throughout the city honoring visionary women who have helped define the city and made an impact on the world. To that end, acclaimed artists Amanda Williams and Olalekan Jeyifous have been selected to design the first of these monuments, which will honor celebrated New York congresswoman Shirley Chisholm.

More of the winning design, this way

Brooklyn, Events

Image via Flickr

With the weather finally warming up, there’s no better time to plan your spring and summer weekend excursions. In partnership with the Prospect Park Alliance, Turnstile Tours is offering a range of walking tours this season, exploring the history, architecture, and nature of the iconic park (h/t Brownstoner). New and seasoned visitors of the park alike will be able to discover hidden treasures, little-known tales, and learn about the Alliance’s new facilities and ongoing conservation efforts.

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Brooklyn, Events

Dine and dance under the stars in Prospect Park

By Michelle Cohen, Fri, February 15, 2019

prospect park soiree

Credit: J Grassi; courtesy of Prospect Park Alliance

The beloved community event known as the Prospect Park Soiree is coming back for its third year on Saturday, June 22; tickets are on sale now. This magical evening of dancing and dining under the stars for a one-night-only celebration of Brooklyn’s Backyard is brought to you by Prospect Park Alliance. Expect thousands of friends and neighbors to gather at the Peninsula in festive attire; bring your favorite bottle of wine and the feast of your choosing–the park will come through with the entertainment.

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City Living, Design

shirley chisholm, brooklyn monuments, prospect park

Chisholm announcing her candidacy in 1972; photo via the Library of Congress

Chipping away at the lack of women represented among New York City statues, the city announced on Friday it is commissioning a permanent statue of Shirley Chisholm to be built in Brooklyn. Chisholm, who lived in Bed-Stuy, became in 1968 the first black woman to serve in the House of Representatives. The statue, expected to be completed in 2020, will be placed outside of the Parkside entrance to Prospect Park.

More on the new statue here

Brooklyn, infographic

Prospect Park, tree map

Through a $75,000 Urban Forestry Grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Prospect Park Alliance recently surveyed about 12,000 of the park’s 30,000 trees. The survey provides a nuanced picture of the park’s ever-changing ecosystem and important insights into the economic, environmental and health benefits of “Brooklyn’s backyard.” You can view an interactive map of Prospect Park’s trees and their benefit to the community here; you can also examine the results on the Prospect Park TreeKeeper Interactive Map.

To the trees

Prospect Heights

Via Wally Gobetz/Flickr

The historic entrance to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park is getting a makeover. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday a plan to restore Grand Army Plaza and its iconic Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch located in Prospect Heights. The $8.9 million project, overseen by the Prospect Park Alliance and the city’s Parks Department, includes replacing the roof of the arch, cleaning and repointing the brick and stone structure, repairing the iron staircases, and updating the lighting. Plus, the plaza-framing landscaped berms will be replanted.

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History, infographic, Landscape Architecture

Early designs for Central Park. Image courtesy of the National Park Service, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site.

When thinking of influential creators of New York City’s most memorable places, it’s hard not to imagine Frederick Law Olmsted near the top of the list. Considered to be the founder of landscape architecture–he was also a writer and conservationist–Olmsted was committed to the restorative effects of natural spaces in the city. Perhaps best known for the wild beauty of Central and Prospect Parks, his vast influence includes scores of projects such as the Biltmore estate, the U.S. Capitol grounds and the Chicago World’s Fair. In preparation for the bicentennial of Olmsted’s 1822 birth, the Library of Congress has made 24,000 documents providing details of Olmsted’s life available online, Smithsonian reports. The collection includes journals, personal correspondence, project proposals and other documents that offer an intimate picture of Olmsted’s private life and work. The collection is linked to an interactive map at Olmsted Online showing all Olmsted projects in the United States (and there are many). You can search the map according to project name, location, job number and project type.

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