Historic Brooklyn - Fort Greene, Park Slope, Prospect Park

A continuation of the Brooklyn Bridge/Brooklyn Heights tour above, this walk picks up in downtown Brooklyn and explores two other historic neighborhoods from the original ‘town’ and ‘city’ of Brooklyn - Fort Greene and Park Slope, ending at Prospect Park, designed by Olmsted and Vaux and opened in 1867.



Downtown Brooklyn - Paramount Theater/LIU - Junior’s Cheesecake


Fort Greene


  • “City of Brooklyn” and its 6 towns pre-1898
  • Historic brownstones
  • Fort Greene Park and Prison Ship Martyrs' Monument
  • Manhattan view
  • Pratt Institutes
  • Decline, resurrection and new development
  • Discuss other nearby landmarks - Brooklyn Academy of Music, Barclay’s Center, Williamsburgh Savings Bank building


Prospect Park - designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux right after Central Park


Brooklyn culture, history, demographics, pizza!


Park Slope

  • More historic brownstones!
  • 1960 plane crash
  • Yet another historic neighborhood that suffered decline, then revitalization and gentrification
  • Grand Army Plaza - Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Museum, main library



NOTE: On this walk please bring a METROCARD, either an unlimited ride pass or with at least 1 fare since we will be using the subway from Fort Greene to Park Slope.    At the end of the walk, enjoy lunch on your own in one of the many restaurants and eateries on 7th Avenue in Park Slope, enjoy a walk in Prospect Park or the Botanic Gardens, or visit the Brooklyn Museum.








Google maps - approximate route (2 sections) ...




then G train to 7 Ave., then ....







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