Iconic view of the Long Meadow looking south, 1902, Prospect Park Alliance Archives

Prospect Park Alliance Archives

The history of Prospect Park is the history of Brooklyn. Once primarily farmland, Brooklyn changed drastically in the early and mid 1800s. Population boomed and with the swell of people came the need for urban greenspace. Famed designers Olmsted and Vaux meticulously crafted Prospect Park’s 585 acres and the rest is history. Learn about the history of the Park from our archives.

The History of Prospect Park

Boathouse Weddings

History of Prospect Park Alliance

Lost Structures of Prospect Park

The Tall History of Prospect Park's Trees

Explore Prospect Park’s Waterways

Take a free, self-guided audio tour of Prospect Park’s watercourse—a…

Grand Plans for a Grand Plaza

Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver,…

Postcards from Prospect Park

A History of Picnicking in Prospect Park

Prospect Park Alliance Celebrates Black History Month

Happy Black History Month! Prospect Park Alliance is celebrating this important…

The Prospect Park Dairy’s Throwback Menu

Today, Prospect Park visitors can enjoy a range of tasty…

Prospect Park’s Olde Athletics

Prospect Park's Wild Side

Delve into Prospect Park’s unusual animal past.

Prospect Park's Baseball History

Statues of Prospect Park

Prospect Park’s Scandalous First Wedding

It probably wouldn’t surprise you to know that Prospect Park…

Highlights from the Bob Levine Collection

You may recognize from past Throwback Thursdays that many of Prospect…

Prospect Park’s Top Hats

Prospect Park Landmarks

Winter Archives Gallery

Aerial View of Brooklyn, 1879