Park Slope and Prospect Park Self-Guided Tour
Join Free Tours by Foot as we explore three of Brooklyn’s most historic residential neighborhoods, Park Slope, Gowanus, and Carroll Gardens as well as Prospect Park. Brooklyn is a place of tree-lined streets and beautiful homes, as well as grittier industrial neighborhoods being converted into residential/artists communities. Park Slope contains many brownstones that are a living depiction of 19th century Brooklyn. Currently, this is a self-guided tour and it can be booked as a private guided tour. Come back soon for our launch of public guided tours of Park Slope.
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Ninth Street Prospect Park West: Your Tour begins at the monument to General Lafayette at the 9th Street entrance to Prospect Park.
Prospect Park is considered Calvert Vaux’s and Olmstead’s masterpiece. It rivals Central Park in beauty and execution. The Long Meadow one of the features of the park is over a mile in length; on our stroll over toward the Grand Army Plaza we’ll explore a portion of the Meadow. At the Picnic Pavilion you can take a short rest room break.
This beautiful home, which sits on the edge of Prospect Park West was restored and now houses the Park’s department offices. Edwin C. Litchfield’s originally built it for his wife Grace. The Litchfield’s were one of the earliest developers of Park Slope. The house was known to locals as Grace Hill, it overlooked NY Harbor. From his perch on the roof Mr. Litchfield could monitor his far ranging real estate interests.
Grand Army Plaza:
Vaux and Olmstead’s grand vision for the entrance to Prospect Park. The Grand Arch commemorates the sacrifice of the Union Army during the American Civil War. On weekends, Baily’s fountain, just beyond the arch, becomes one of the busiest photographic backdrops for weddings. There is also a bustling farmers market in the Plaza.
Considered to be one of the most beautiful streets in New York City. It is lined with homes build by one of New York’s foremost architect’s, C P H Gilbert, who later went on to design some of the most famous mansions on 5th Avenue in Manhattan. Some still standing today
In 1960 two commercial airliners collided over the Park Slope, one plunged into the neighborhood near Sterling Place, causing vast devastation the area, some houses that were struck still bear the wounds of that day.
Park Slopes restaurant row: you can stop for a coffee break at one of the many restaurants along 5th Avenue.
Old Stone House & Washington Park.
The earliest battles of the Revolutionary war were fought in Brooklyn, beginning in August of 1776. These battles were the largest, conflicts of the Revolution. The Stone House is a replica of the Cortelyou estate which was a originally a farm that became a battleground during the the war. Later it was used as clubhouse for a baseball team that would become the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Old Bath House:
Formally, a gritty industrial neighborhood which is transforming into a residential/artists community. The Gowanus Canal, know by the locals as Lavender Lake is in the process of being revitalized and restored.
Ice Cream Break:
You can take a short break at ……. where you can watch fresh ice cream being made right on premises. We’ll relax and enjoy our treats on the roof deck overlooking the neighborhood.
We’ll cross this canal via the Carroll St. bridge built in 1889 that is one of only four retractile bridges remaining in the entire country. It spans the Gowanus Canal and leads us into the Carroll Gardens neighborhood, our final stop. We’ll take a brief walk along Smith Street, which is lined with new exciting restaurants. The tour ends at the Bergen Street subway station where you can connect with the F & G line.