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Prospect Park

Listed under Parks in New York City, United States.

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Older siblings often over shadow their young, and there is no exception when it comes to the familial relationship between New York’s Central Park and Prospect Park. Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux designed Prospect soon after Manhatten’s Central, Prospect however, does have a few credentials to its name. When first created the park was considered to be revolutionary of its time, dropping its name ‘park’ in favour of ‘work of art’. Although the park is now in some need of repair, its creators possessed an ideal vision. Olmstead and Vaux attempted to recreate the pastoral quality seen in the romantic and sublime ideals belonging to history’s paintings using Brooklyn as a canvas. Unlike Central park which has four city streets to contend with, Prospect has a ravine, a series of serene pools and a waterfall. The land itself has witnessed many an event from becoming the site of The Battle of Long Island and baseball matches which span 9th-15th street of the park.

Written by  Sybilla Harvey.

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this is neat, ive always loved prospect park. Its got a certain magic to it

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