Friday, May 22, 2009

Explore Brooklyn- Part 2- Prospect Park!

Camperdown Elm- a 12 foot high, 137 year old tree that looks like a giant bonsai plant! Look for it near the Boathouse.

Long Meadow. Inhale deeply. Sigh. Relax.

Taken on one of my visits to BBG a few years back!

Out of focus, but too much fun not to post!

Taking in the sights at Prospect Park!

Better late than never! For the second installment of my "Explore Brooklyn" series, I'd like to tell you about a recent visit to Brooklyn's beautiful Prospect Park. On a sunny afternoon a few weeks ago, I packed a picnic, grabbed some friends and headed to our borough's illustrious 585 acre "urban oasis".

What a tremendous recreational and educational resource this park is to our borough! Not only does it contain Brooklyn's only forest, it's also home to the Prospect Park Zoo, the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, and Kensington Stables (yes, as in horses... in Brooklyn! I've ridden with them a few times, and had nothing but wonderful experiences! And they're very reasonably priced!). GreenMarkets bring fresh, local produce and farmgoods to the borough on Saturdays (Grand Army Plaza) and Wednesdays (Bartel-Pritchard Circle). While you're there, be sure to stop by Lefferts Historic House, a 200 year old Dutch remnant from the pre-Colonial farming village that used to be Flatbush! Prospect Park is also home to some of the best nature trails in the area. Seriously- you can't hear traffic or see buildings (take that, Central Park!).

If you don't feel like schlepping your food from home, there's a tremendous selection of cuisine steps away from the park in all directions (nearby neighborhoods include Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Windsor Terrace and Flatbush). There's also a cafe at the Boathouse, a snack bar near the Carousel and the Parade Ground, and near Wollman Rink during ice-skating season.

There's truly something for everyone at Prospect Park year round. So what are you waiting for? Grab your running sneakers/ riding pants/ tennis racquet/ soccer ball/ picnic basket and head over. It's immediately accessible by the B/Q to Prospect Park/ Parkside, 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza, S to Prospect Park, B41, B71, B69, B75 and B68.