Prospect Park, Part 1

A concert at Prospect Park's Concert Grove, 1897 Amy Peck/Prospect Park Archives

Brooklyn's massive public green space tells the historical story of its community. From an undeveloped tract of land, the space was developed to become an Olmsted and Vaux masterpiece. This year marks the parks 150th anniversary, so we're celebrating this piece of living history with a two-parter.

Special thanks to the Prospect Park Alliance for their assistance in preparing this episode.

Our listener mail is from Kristin is a geographical correction to our John Kidwell pineapple episode.

Holly's Research

  • Colley, David P. “Prospect Park: Olmsted & Vaux’s Brooklyn Masterpiece.” Princeton Architectural Press. 2013.
  • “The Olmsted Legacy.” National Association for Olmsted Parks.
  • “Panic of 1873.” American Experience. PBS.
  • “Prospect Park” The Cultural Landscape Foundation.

Topics in this Podcast: prospect park, calvert vaux, Frederick Law Olmsted, New York, show notes, brooklyn