Prospect Park | Brooklyn’s Backyard to Relax and Get Away

by NYJ Team

Designed by the celebrated landscape architects who created New York City’s Central Park, Prospect Park is an oasis of greenery in the heart of Brooklyn. It is a favorite destination for tourists and a beloved spot to relax and get away from it all for city dwellers.

Spanning 585 acres, this beautiful park features a zoo, picnic and barbecue areas, several baseball fields, and tons of activities from skating to horseback riding. There is also an outdoor venue for concerts in the summertime as well as event spaces for weddings and parties. And there is plenty of lush green space for just spreading out a blanket and doing absolutely nothing at all!

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Nature in the City

Prospect Park boasts some pretty spectacular attractions for nature lovers. The park’s Long Meadow lives up to its name, stretching almost a mile in length and providing the perfect place to kick back and relax. It’s often referred to as the longest unbroken meadow in any American park.

Park of the beauty of Prospect Park’s design is the abundance of water. Streams, waterfalls and pools wind their way throughout the park, leading to the 60-acre freshwater lake. There are also thousands of tree to admire in this picturesque urban park- over 30,000 in fact. Over half of these trees are woodland trees within the park’s natural areas which includes 250 acres of forest, which is the last remaining forest in Brooklyn.

There are plenty of small animals who call the trees and shrubs of this woodland their home. The Prospect Park Audubon Center houses educational exhibits where kids can learn about the plants and wildlife species in the park.

Activities

Basketball games. Catch-and-release fishing. Tennis lessons at the Prospect Park Tennis Center. Horseback riding in the summer and ice skating in the winter. For sporty types, there is no shortage of things to do at Prospect Park every day, all year round.

There are paved running lanes that are popular with runners, including a 3.35-mile running lane designed specifically for runners along Park Drive which forms a loop within the park. A map of the park with distances for runners can be downloaded from the Prospect Park official website.

Prospect Park is a wonderful spot for dog-owners. There are expansive off-leash areas during specific hours for dogs to run and play, and the dog beach is the perfect spot for your furry friend to cool off in the sticky summer heat!

During the winter months, the LeFrak Center at Lakeside features a rink for ice skating, curling, hockey and more.

The Prospect Park Bandshell

Home to the renowned Celebrate Brooklyn Performing Arts Festival, the park’s bandshell hosts dozens of live outdoor concerts in the summer season and attracts almost a quarter million visitors each year. The concert schedule features a wide variety of performers including edgy up-and-coming talent as well as well-known acts.

The Prospect Park Bandshell is also an outdoor movie theatre, featuring one of the biggest screens in the world at 21-feet high and 50-feet wide.

Cool Things to do for Kids

There are seven children’s playgrounds in Prospect Park to let your little bundles of energy run wild. The wildly popular Imagination Playground features a storytelling grove as well as a dragon that spouts water, and the Garfield Tot Lot was created just for toddlers in mind with lots of safe areas to play on and playground equipment designed just right for little arms and legs to maneuver. The Harmony Playground located near the Prospect Park Bandshell is music-inspired, featuring xylophones kids can get their hands on!

The Prospect Park Carousel is a must-see destination if you have little ones- or even if you don’t! The historic carousel which dates back to 1912 was restored in the 90s and features beautifully carved animals you can take a spin on. It’s a great place to host a kid’s birthday party in Prospect Park.

Other great destinations for kids in the park include the Lefferts Homestead Children’s Historic House Museum and the Prospect Park Zoo, home to over 80 species of animals.

Visiting Prospect Park in Brooklyn

The main entrance to Prospect Park is located at Grand Army Plaza, which is bordered by Prospect Park West, Parkside Avenue and Flatbush Avenue.
Location: Brooklyn
Phone: 718-965-8951
E-mail: info@prospectpark.org

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9th Annual Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade

by NYJ Team

PRESS RELEASE:

CONEY ISLAND, October 26th, 2018 – The Alliance for Coney Island, in partnership with Councilman Treyger, State Senator Savino, and parade sponsors Paul’s Daughter, Applebee’s Grill & Bar, Liberty Coke and CBS’s new prime-time show “God Friended Me” present the 9th Annual Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade on Tuesday, October 30th 2018.

This annual event brings a day of “spooktacular” family fun and entertainment for children to celebrate Halloween and participate in a costume contest showing off their creativity. Welcoming children 14 years of age and younger, they can enjoy a wide variety of activities including face painting, bounce houses, caricature art, magic shows and of course, the official Coney Island Halloween Costume Contest. Participants will he judged in the following categories for their chance to win great prizes: Best Group Costume, Most Creative Costume, Funniest Costume, Best Handmade Costume and lastly, Best Overall Costume. Beginning at 4pm, participants can register at the MCU Park located at 1904 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224. Media outlets are not only welcomed to revel, but are also encouraged to interview, photograph and video the day’s activities.

WHO: Alliance for Coney Island
WHAT: 9th Annual Coney Island Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade
WHERE: MCU Park, 1904 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224
WHEN: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | 4PM – 6:30PM
PRESS TIME: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | 4PM – 6:30PM

Alliance for Coney Island

The not-for-profit Alliance for Coney Island, Inc. is a private-public partnership dedicated to continuing the year-round revitalization of Coney Island. The Alliance represents local businesses, nonprofits, and the community, with support from the New York City Council, the Brooklyn Borough President and New York City Economic Development Corporation. More info at www.AllianceforConeyIsland.org.

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Wave Hill | Renowned Botanical Garden & Cultural Center

by NYJ Team

Wave Hill is a renowned botanical garden and cultural center nestled in the Bronx suburb of Riverdale. Once a private estate, it features 28 lush acres dotted with majestic trees and spectacular views of the Hudson River and the Palisades.

19th Century Mansion Becomes a Gift to the City

In the 1800’s, many wealthy Manhattanites built their country homes in this picturesque area of the Bronx, drawn by the beauty of the Hudson River highlands and the stunning vistas of steep cliffs across the river known as the Palisades. In 1843, jurist William Lewis Morris built Wave Hill House as his summer home. It was expanded further by later owners which included publishing magnate William Henry Appleton and J.P. Morgan partner George W. Perkins, who added greenhouses, a swimming pool and the facility which now serves as the Ecology Building. Perkins also bought the adjacent property and called it Glyndor House. It is now Wave Hill’s cultural center, featuring an art gallery and hosting educational programs.

Over the years, the estate was enriched with the goal of maximizing the beautiful views. The gardens were carefully cultivated and rare trees were added to the landscape. Perkins’ daughter Dorothy and her husband Edward W. Freeman renovated Wave Hill House in 1933, and the Perkins-Freeman family gifted the estate to the City of New York in 1960.

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The Gardens at Wave Hill House

Wave Hill is a slice of heaven for garden lovers and nature enthusiasts. It features 28 acres of woodland, carefully planted gardens and grounds dotted with benches perfect for sitting and admiring the surrounding beauty. Numerous specimens of trees including sugar maples, dove trees and bigleaf magnolia provide a majestic backdrop for the varied gardens that are planted throughout the year.

Highlights of this remarkable property include the Flower Garden, which showcases a stunning selection of plantings including new and vintage perennials, exotic flowers and annuals that burst with color.

Delicate plants from around the globe thrive all year round in the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory. Named for the estate’s founding horticulture director, the Conservatory is comprised of three glass houses: the Palm House with exotic plants such as bright South African bulbs, the Tropical House featuring plants from humid regions and the Cacti and Succulent House which is home to plants that come from areas in the world with little rainfall.

Inspired by the wild garden planted by notable 19th century garden designer and Irish writer William Robinson, the Wild Garden at Wave Hill boasts a selection of wild species from around the world. Visitors will be delighted by the vistas from this area of the estate as well as the gazebo which dates back to the early 1900s.

Famous Lodgers

The 16th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, was just 12 years old when his family first rented Wave Hill in the summer of 1870. The family was taken with the beauty of the home and they spent the summer of 1871 at the sprawling estate as well.

From 1901 to 1903, celebrated American author Samuel Clemens, more commonly known as Mark Twain, leased Wave Hill. Author what is often referred to as the “Great American Novel” Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain was taken with the beauty of the grounds and constructed a treehouse in the branches of one of the great chestnuts on the lawn. Other illustrious tenants included renowned conductor Arturo Toscanini who leased the house from 1942 to 1945, as well as two British UN delegates.

Weddings and Special Events at Wave Hill

It isn’t surprising that such a picture-perfect venue is a popular choice for those planning a wedding in New York City! Wave Hill offers indoor and outdoor venues for weddings all year round with special event planners available on-site to assist with menu and party planning.

Corporate conferences can also be accommodated at Wave Hill, and the grounds can be booked for commercial or private photo shoots.

Visiting Wave Hill in the Bronx

The front gate of Wave Hill is located at West 249th Street and Independence Avenue. The estate is approximately 30 minutes from midtown Manhattan.

Location: West 249th Street
Phone: 718-549-3200
E-mail: information@wavehill.org

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