Winter in the Prospect Park Archives
An early snowy view from Eastern Parkway toward Grand Army Plaza, circa 1896. The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch does not yet have its statuary and the pedestals are without bronze eagles. The landscape is snowy and there is a horse-drawn carriage.
Winter in Prospect Park has always featured fun for all ages! This photo features sledders in the Long Meadow in 1933.
A view of the Park during the Great Blizzard of 1888. The storm, which dumped 22 inches of snow in New York City, combined with sustained winds of more than 40 miles per hour, which produced snowdrifts many stories high. In this photograph, Flatbush Avenue is snow covered, and a man standing by the trolley tracks faces the camera. Behind is the park fence.
Skaters on the Lullwater with the Lullwood Bridge in the background, circa 1880. Since the Park’s earliest winters, the first days of thick ice were cause for celebration borough-wide, and led to peak crowds of as many as 20,000 skaters. Visitors were notified of the Lake’s ability to accommodate skaters through creative means: a red flag hung at Grand Army Plaza, as well as signs on the fronts of the trolleys ran on Flatbush Avenue and Prospect Park West.
Winter royalty! The King and Queen of the Ice Carnival, held on February 12, 1936.
Winter skating fun, 1970s-style.