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New York Daily Photo: Winter Prospect
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Tuesday, 20 March 2007

Winter Prospect

This is a view of Sullivan Hill from the Long Meadow in Prospect Park (click here for second photo of Lower Pool). The park, a 526-acre urban oasis located in the heart of Brooklyn, was designed by famed landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who also designed Central Park. This park and its Central Park kin are much more than just green oases - they have innumerable specialized environments and activities. Prospect Park features the 90-acre Long Meadow, the 60-acre Lake, the Nethermead, an Audubon Center, the Prospect Park Zoo, playgrounds, Children's Corner, the Carousel, Lefferts Historic House, Concert Grove, the bandshell (home of Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival), Dog Beach, ponds. Areas have been dedicated for baseball and other ball sports, tennis, ice skating, fishing, boating, horseback riding, barbecuing. One can bike, run or skate on its drives which are closed to vehicles (except during rush hours0. Here we have Brooklyn's only forest, with walking trails, streams, waterfalls and the Ravine. It also hosts many activities and events - click here for the official website. Also, for a free download of a color map, click here. Prospect Park is a world unto itself, heavily used, yet large enough to easily absorb all its visitors on a busy day. For NYC residents, parks are very important - they function as essentially the only real green outdoor spaces apart from leaving the city itself. The streets and parks are our backyards ...


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