This year marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of Prospect Park, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux's other great parkland masterpiece. (There's also that big central one in upper Manhattan, but we forget what it's called.)
What it lacks in size compared with its neighbor to the north, Prospect Park makes up for in ingenious landscaping, plenty of diversions and a refreshing lack of tourists. In modern times, the park's story has been one of neglect followed by restoration. Today, it maintains many of its historical elements while also constantly revamping and evolving—just like the borough that surrounds it.
Here's a rundown of some of Prospect Park's hidden corners and interesting byways, plus the stories of a few of its stranger artifacts. (And the less said about that "aggressive squirrel," the better.)Read More