Help the Alliance Tackle Trash

April 29, 2021

Prospect Park is the place to be for our community—which is why Prospect Park Alliance has new stewardship efforts to help serve our community and meet the challenges we are facing, part of the Re:New Prospect Park initiative.

Carry In + Carry Out Your Trash
Please carry out of the park everything you bring into the park with you, and please clean up your trash and litter. If you are able to carry out your trash, you will be doing your park a great service. If this is not possible, please use the large trash receptacles that Prospect Park Alliance has installed in key areas of the park. View this map for large trash receptacle locations.

Re:New Volunteer Corps
Make a lasting impact on Prospect Park! Join the Volunteer Corps to engage in essential park improvement projects such as filling divots and reseeding holes in the park’s lawn areas, sweeping paths, and painting benches and railings.

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Green + Go Kits
Want to help keep the park clean and green? Register today to check out a Green + Go Kit, available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at various locations around the park. Kits include a trash grabber, garbage bags and gloves. You must be 18 years old to check out a kit, but children are welcome to accompany adults.

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Ace New York
See a few extra helping hands around the park? This year, Prospect Park Alliance is partnering with ACE Programs for the Homeless. Their crews will help keep Brooklyn’s Backyard clean and beautiful on weekends and key weekdays now through October. This is just one of the ways that we are renewing the park after a year of much love through our Re:New Prospect Park initiative.

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Want to keep informed on volunteer opportunities all year long? Register today to become a Prospect Park Alliance Volunteer. 

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New Flatbush Entrances Open

January 28, 2021

Just in time for the new year, Prospect Park Alliance and NYC Parks have opened to the public the first new entrances to Prospect Park since the 1940s, and the restored Flatbush Avenue Perimeter, while work is completed on site. The new entrances were funded by Mayor Bill de Blasio, and designed by Prospect Park Alliance, the non-profit organization that operates the park in partnership with the City, through the Parks Without Borders initiative.

Get Directions to the new Flatbush Entrance.

“Guided by input from New Yorkers, Parks Without Borders makes access to our beautiful park space across the city easier for all,” said NYC Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Vicki Been. “Prospect Park’s new Flatbush Avenue entrance and the adjacent street improvements bring the benefits of green space to even more New Yorkers.”

“We are so excited to formally cut the ribbon on this transformative project I hold personally dear to me,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “The iconic Prospect Park is now even more inviting and accessible thanks to this investment from Mayor de Blasio and the efforts of our partners at Prospect Park Alliance. When I imagined how Parks Without Borders could improve and revitalize many of our beloved parks, I could not have pictured a more perfect example than Prospect Park. PWB has opened up new possibilities and new pathways for New Yorkers to enjoy our green spaces for generations to come.”

“Prospect Park Alliance is committed to making Prospect Park open and accessible to all communities it borders, and we are grateful to be able to open pedestrian access while work concludes on the site,” said Prospect Park Alliance President Sue Donoghue. “I want to thank Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Parks Commissioner Silver for their innovative Parks Without Borders initiative, and the many community members who came out in support of this project. These new entrances will serve as an important gateway to the park for our east side communities, and to the park’s northeast corner, a focal point of our future restoration efforts.”

New Entrance Design

Prospect Park was nominated for Parks Without Borders with overwhelming support from the surrounding communities. The $3.2 million project includes a major entrance in the northeast section of the park near the former Rose Garden, the site of future restoration by Prospect Park Alliance, and a secondary entrance located just north of the Prospect Park Zoo. Both entrances feature new lighting, seating and new landscaping. The major entrance aligns with a future DOT traffic signal and pedestrian crosswalk, intersecting a berm retained by a three-foot-high granite wall, and opens opens onto a small public plaza.

The entrance design includes:

  • An extensive new landscape with over 150 new trees—a mix of elms, hackberry, sweetgum, a variety of oak species, and a large mix of evergreen varieties, such as pines and hollies, which are important for wildlife and help to screen traffic noise.
  • Two levels of terraced seating, which provides views of the woodlands and serves as a gathering space for the community.
  • Rock scrambles of boulders with stepping stones that lead to an informal running trail. These boulders were sourced from the building site of the NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital Center for Community Health in Park Slope.
  • A palette of native flowering and perennial plants that will be visually stunning, beneficial to the park ecosystem and resilient to climate change.
  • Access directly into Prospect Park’s woodlands—the first entrance to open directly onto this important park amenity, which is an area of focus and restoration for the Alliance since the early 1990s. Visitors are greeted by towering trees and can choose multiple paths that wind through the park’s 250 acres of woodlands.

Broader Restoration Plans

The creation of these entrances is part of a comprehensive restoration of the Flatbush Avenue perimeter of Prospect Park. A second project, funded with $2.4 million from Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, and led by Prospect Park Alliance, restored the Flatbush Avenue perimeter from Grand Army Plaza to the Prospect Park Zoo to its original grandeur with new landscaping, an expanded promenade, and new furnishings. Through $2 million in funding by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Prospect Park Alliance also is restoring 1,200 linear feet of paths in this area of the park, with new paving, park benches and lighting, and much-needed tree care. In addition, Prospect Park Alliance is in the early design phases of creating a covered horseback riding ring for this area of the park, just north of the Zoo, for public and therapeutic riding. This $4.1 million project is funded through the support of the New York City Council, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and New York Council Member Brad Lander.

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Left to Right: Sue Donoghue, Prospect Park Alliance President; Assembly Member JoAnne Simon; Council Member Brad Lander; Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver; Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo; Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Martin Maher.

For the ribbon cutting, Deputy Mayor Been, Parks Commissioner Silver, and Prospect Park Alliance President Sue Donoghue were joined by City Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, Council Member Brad Lander, Assembly Member JoAnne Simon, Borough Parks Commissioner Martin Maher and the Alliance design team.

“Although planned pre-pandemic, the unveiling of our new and improved Prospect Park could not be more timely. COVID-19 has provided further support for the notion that our parks are a fundamental part of the Brooklyn experience! I am so proud to stand alongside Mayor de Blasio, Borough President Adams, and my fellow elected officials to not only make Prospect Park more accessible but to invest in its beautification for all to enjoy ahead of Summer 2021,” said Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo.

“Prospect Park has been a wonderful reprieve for myself and many others during this pandemic period,” said City Council Member Brad Lander. “The new Flatbush Avenue entrances and the perimeter restoration will offer greater access to the Park as well as continued enjoyment for all users! I am thrilled to be apart of this ribbon cutting and am looking forward to watching my constituents as well as all the residents of Brooklyn enjoy these new features!”

Learn more about capital projects underway in Prospect Park on our Capital Projects Tracker.

c. Paul Martinka

Play Ball! Long Meadow Ball Fields Restored

October 9, 2020

Prospect Park Alliance has reopened Long Meadow Ball Fields 4 + 5 following a $1.25 million restoration funded by New York City Council Member Brad Lander. The project is part of a larger, phased restoration of the Long Meadow Ball Fields, with Fields 2 + 3 next in the pipeline (the remaining fields, 1, 6 + 7, opened over the past several years).

“I’m so glad that the restoration of the Long Meadow Ball Fields 4 + 5 is complete in time for ball players to enjoy them this fall,” said New York City Council Member Brad Lander. “Our parks and play areas are a critical resource, especially during this pandemic, to keep our communities happy, healthy, and connected.”

“We are so grateful to Council Member Brad Lander and his constituents for supporting this project,” said Prospect Park Alliance President Sue Donoghue. “These fields are a destination for thousands of Brooklynites each season for baseball, softball, soccer and flag football. Particularly during these times, we are committed to providing welcoming and accessible green space for our community.”

The project included reseeding the turf and new clay infields, as well as improved drainage to keep the fields in good playing condition; new pathways and benches were installed, as well as dedicated clay storage bins and shaded dugouts.

Learn more about Prospect Park Alliance capital projects on our Capital Project Tracker.

c. Virginia Friere

Play and Go in Prospect Park!

July 23, 2020

There is a new way to have fun in Prospect Park this summer! Join Prospect Park Alliance at locations around the park and surrounding neighborhoods as we bring our favorite activities from the Prospect Park Audubon Center and Lefferts Historic House on the road in easy-to-borrow play and go kits.

The  Pop-Up Lefferts Play and Go Kit  includes historic games and toys, including a DIY kits to make a nine-man morris game board and Mamantuhwin, a Native American (Lenape) dice game, which you can take home with you. There is also a wooden egg and spoon and potato sacks for races with your friends and family. A small library of children’s books can also be borrowed along with your kit on a first-come first-served basis. Learn more about dates and locations.

Pop-Up Audubon Play and Go Kits features a range of fun nature activities and games, as well as a birdwatching checklist with binoculars, and much more. Families and children can enjoy nature on their own as they explore and learn more about the park. Learn more about dates and locations.

Kits can be borrowed for up to 45 minutes, and will be sanitized between sessions. 

Pop-Up Audubon is made possible through the generous support of Con Edison.

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Pop-Up Lefferts is supported NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

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Stavros Niarchos Foundation Short

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Sounds of Prospect Park Summer

June 23, 2020

With New York City still in the early stages of reopening, Prospect Park Alliance has had to cancel many of the beloved summer events that bring us together as a community in Brooklyn’s Backyard. But all is not lost! You can still celebrate summer, and we’ve got playlists from our friends at the New York Philharmonic, caribBEING and Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco to bring the sounds of Prospect Park summer to you, wherever you are.

NY Philharmonic Concerts in the Park Playlist
“As a New Yorker, nothing makes me prouder than the Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks,” said New York Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda. “Performing in our beautiful parks is both a highlight of the summer and a great way to connect directly with our community, made possible through the remarkable generosity of Didi and Oscar Schafer. The entire Orchestra can’t wait until we can resume this vibrant tradition and return to our enthusiastic Prospect Park audience next summer!” Tune in on June 25 for the NY Philharmonic’s virtual Concert in the Parks celebration.

caribBEING Soiree Playlist
Prospect Park Alliance’s annual summer Soiree was canceled this year, but you can still celebrate summer with help from our friends at caribBEING and DJ Tony Gold: “For me Soiree always marks the beginning of summer,” says Shelley Worrell, founder of caribBEING. “Always a magical evening…I remember last year’s epic fête as if it were yesterday! Our tables had a ‘Tropical Chic’ theme with catered food and beverages from Black-owned Caribbean businesses Labay Market, Kafe L’ouverture and Peppas.” Enjoy weekly virtual events with caribBEING x Pop-Up Lefferts through July 12.

Here are Shelley’s tips on the perfect soiree (most businesses listed below are located in Little Caribbean NYC):

Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco Playlist
While it might be a little while till we can boogie together on the roller rink at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Lola Star has put together a high-energy playlist so you can disco solo: “I had so much fun making this feel-good playlist designed to help you survive the roller coaster ride of 2020 and dance through the turmoil into a better world full of love, health and unity,” says Lola Star, founder and host of Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco. “Until we meet on the Dreamland Roller Disco dance floor together again we can dance alone in our bedrooms in roller disco solidarity!”

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Pop-Up Lefferts Launches with caribBEING Partnership

June 10, 2020

Prospect Park Alliance has announced the launch of Pop-Up Lefferts, which brings free family programs focused on Brooklyn’s rich culture and history, starting virtually this June with its second annual partnership with caribBEING, a Flatbush-based cultural organization that builds awareness and fosters Caribbean heritage, as part of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.

In June, virtual programming will feature Caribbean-centered cooking, fitness, maker workshops and storytelling. Pop-Up Lefferts will then continue at locations around Prospect Park and surrounding neighborhoods while Lefferts Historic House undergoes a $2.5 million restoration funded by the New York City Council. 

Check out the scheduled events below and RSVP!

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Pop-Up Lefferts is supported in part by NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
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Virtual Pop-Up Lefferts: caribBEING Cooks
Sunday, June 21, 2 pm
All ages, Free

Join Prospect Park Alliance and caribBEING to explore culinary traditions of Brooklyn. First, take a virtual tour of the Labay Market in Flatbush’s Little Caribbean to learn about the spices of the Caribbean, and then join us for a cooking demonstration with Nuyorican local makers Breukelen Rub, followed by a moderated conversation on Caribbean culinary traditions. 

Virtual Pop-Up Lefferts: Caribbean Fitness in de Park
Sunday June 28, 2 pm
All ages, Free

Learn how to utilize the park to improve your fitness, strength and endurance in this workshop led by Trinidadian-American, Flatbush-based performance coach, Marlon Jude, and then join him for a moderated conversation where he can answer your questions about getting fit and healthy in the park.  

Virtual Pop-Up Lefferts: Caribbean Candle Making
Sunday July 5, 2 pm
All ages, Free

Relax and enjoy a guided candle-making class with local maker Perry Boyce (Guyanese-American). Participants will try their hand at every step of the candle making process and create a custom candle of their very own, and then join Boyce for a moderated conversation about growing up in Flatbush, her art and practice.

Virtual Pop-Up Lefferts: Stories from the Caribbean
Sunday July 12, 2 pm
All ages, Free

Hear a selection of wise and witty Caribbean stories, as told by beloved storyteller Tammy Hall, then join us for a moderated conversation with Hall about the inspiration for these stories.

Lefferts Historic House is an 18th-century farmhouse that features a working garden, historic artifacts, period rooms and exhibits. The museum focuses on the lives of the people that lived and worked on the land including the Lenape, Dutch settlers and enslaved Africans. The museum is jointly operated by Prospect Park Alliance and the Historic House Trust of New York City. Starting in 2020, Prospect Park Alliance will undertake the restoration of the house, which will include capital improvements—replacing the roof, restoring the exterior of the building, and repairing paths and drainage surrounding the house—as well as re-envisioning the public programming to provide a living history of Brooklyn from the 18th century to present day.

About caribBEING
Founded in 2012, caribBEING builds cultural awareness and fosters Caribbean heritage through Film + Art + Culture. This creative hub is a fully-integrated, award-winning group that has partnered with Brooklyn Museum, the James Beard Foundation and other cultural partners. Learn more at caribbeing.com.

About Prospect Park Alliance
Prospect Park Alliance is the non-profit organization that sustains, restores and advances Prospect Park, Brooklyn’s Backyard, in partnership with the City of New York. The Alliance provides critical staff and resources that keep the Park green and vibrant for the diverse communities that call Brooklyn home. Learn more at prospectpark.org.

About NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital has been providing outstanding medical care to the surrounding communities for over 130 years. Located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, the 591-bed teaching hospital is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine and provides specialized services in advanced and minimally invasive surgery, neurosciences, orthopedics, digestive and liver disorders, and cancer and cardiac care. Learn more at nyp.org/brooklyn.

3 Ways You Show Your Prospect Park Love

May 18, 2020

In uncertain times, one of the things Prospect Park Alliance can count on is our community to show the park some love—in wonderful and creative ways! We’re highlighting some of the park-inspired photos, poems and works of art that you’ve shared with us through our social media channels. They’ve brightened our days, and we hope they’ll lift your spirits, too.

Poems

April was National Poetry month, and we asked for your park-inspired haikus. Here are a few gems: 

Saw friend from afar,
Together we breathe and laugh,
Is this heaven now?

-Instagram user @routinetheenemy

Two cooper hawks eat
Silently. The midwood shows
Life, and death, go on.

-Instagram user @malkombre

Trees wear pastel veils
of delicate buds and leaves
that bask in morning light

-Instagram user @ejgertz​

Art

Prospect Park has always been a source of inspiration for artists, and these days we’ve been loving seeing the park through your eyes: 

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From Instagram user @johnparnellstudio

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From Instagram user @judipheifferart

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From Instagram user @bigskysafaris

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From Instagram user @shogandrawings​

Photography

There is never a shortage of excellent photography taken in  Prospect Park. In recent weeks, our community has kept up the beautiful shots with poignant captions to match. 

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From Instagram user @flysi3000, “The world is still a beautiful place. Feeling very appreciative of the beauty that’s right outside my window.”

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From Instagram user @virginial.s.freire, “In my life as a photographer, a mother, and a native Brooklynite, I have always been grateful to Prospect Park. But now more than ever the Park has been a touchstone that has bolstered me through this time, helped me find daily moments of beauty, and provided me with space to breathe. There at sunrise, the trails and ‘secret places’ in the Park offer respite and a place to reflect, find resolve, and overcome my own anxieties. I am eternally grateful.”

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And from Instagram user @vali.bas, “there is light at the end of the path.”

Want to contribute? Show us your drawings, photos, poems, performance pieces and more on social media—tag @prospect_park or use #prospectpark.

 

c. Martin Seck

Looking to Summer in NYC Parks

May 12, 2020

What will this summer look like for New York City parks? A recent report issued by a coalition of 20 parks and open space partner groups anticipates a steep decline in funding that will impact the basic maintenance and upkeep of our parks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the findings from the 20 park partner groups:

  • An anticipated decrease in funding for parks groups of up to 68% for 2020, which will translate into at least $37 million fewer dollars invested into New York City’s public spaces. 
  • A combination of staff cuts and social distancing measures will result in 40,000 lost hours of park maintenance and 110,000 lost hours of horticultural care citywide.
  • Approximately 542,000 trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals will not be planted in 2020 as a result of this diminished capacity.

Read the full impact report, which was also reported in The Wall Street Journal.

“In these unprecedented times, our parks are one of the few places open to our community,” said Sue Donoghue, President of Prospect Park Alliance. “We all need to do our part to help keep up with increased usage in the face of significant challenges. It is critical for all New Yorkers to have access to safe, clean parks, today and in the challenging times ahead.”

During New York State on PAUSE, the city’s parks have become even more essential to New Yorkers for mental and physical health. This summer, the city’s parks anticipate a huge increase in patrons, especially with the closure of public pools and uncertainty of whether beaches will be open. Under normal circumstances, parks would be hiring seasonal workers for this high season to keep up with the influx of visitors. Unfortunately, without sufficient funding to offset the decline in its operating budgets, New York City’s parks will be negatively impacted this summer and for years to come.

NYC’s parks conservancies and nonprofits were originally formed to bridge a major gap of resources after the fiscal crisis in the 1970’s that left the city’s parks in a severely deteriorated and unsafe condition. Now, citywide, independent groups support the New York City’s Parks Department in managing 15,000+ acres of parkland and green space–50% of NYC’s public green space–and employ 500+ full-time staff, hundreds of seasonal workers, and 100,000+ volunteers to help care for the parks. Collectively, the partner groups invest private funds of over $150 million annually in public land. The groups also fund countless community programs each year and support local initiatives that encourage healthy living, an active space for children and families, and a respite for millions of New Yorkers.

The following organizations were surveyed for this report: Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Bronx River Alliance, City Parks Foundation, Freshkills Park Alliance, The Friends of Governors Island, Friends of the High Line, Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Hudson River Park Friends, Hunters Point Parks Conservancy, Madison Square Park Conservancy, Natural Areas Conservancy, New Yorkers for Parks, New York Restoration Project, North Brooklyn Parks Alliance, Prospect Park Alliance, Randall’s Island Park Alliance, Riverside Park Conservancy, The Trust for Public Land, Van Cortlandt Park Alliance, Washington Square Park Conservancy.

Looking to make a difference? Add your signature to the New Yorkers for Parks Play Fair campaign petition, which seeks to add $47 million to the city’s budget for parks and open spaces. Learn more on the New Yorkers for Parks website.

Want to become part of the driving force that keeps Brooklyn’s Backyard green and vibrant? Consider becoming a Prospect Park Alliance member today and enjoy discounted rates for a limited time.

 

c. Elif Altinbasak

Prospect Park Alliance Celebrates Black History Month

February 19, 2020

Happy Black History Month! Prospect Park Alliance is celebrating this important awareness month by making a path through history in Prospect Park. 

The Drummer’s Grove—A Prospect Park Tradition
In the 1960s, an Afro-Caribbean community emerged just east of Prospect Park in the neighborhoods of Flatbush, East Flatbush and Crown Heights. In 1968, some of these “Little Caribbean” residents began to meet weekly at the southeastern corner of Prospect Park for a drum circle. Calling themselves the Congo Square Drummers, they came together in Prospect Park “to rehearse, and just to play and rejoice,” says Abiodun McCray, one of the group’s founders. Recalling African ancestors who brought their musical traditions to the West Indies in the 17th century, this was a way for the Congo Square Drummers to celebrate community and remember home in the midst of the African Diaspora.

Over the years, the drum circle grew, and in 1997 Prospect Park Alliance added seating to the area and gave it the name of Drummer’s Grove as a part of a renovation of the Parkside and Ocean Avenue Entrance. Today the beat goes on in Drummer’s Grove, and it continues to be a place where anyone can stop by on a Sunday during the warmer months to play, dance, or simply enjoy the music.

Above photo courtesy of Elif Altinbasak. See a video of the Prospect Park Drummer’s Circle in full swing on YouTube, courtesy of Humberto Middleton.

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The Sacred History of Gran Bwa
Did you know that Gran Bwa, a sacred Haitian gathering spot, is located next to Prospect Park Lake?
As a part of the 20th-century wave of West Indian immigrants to Brooklyn, many Haitians settled in the neighborhoods of Flatbush, East Flatbush and Crown Heights. Deenps Bazile, one of these Haitian immigrants, was walking through Prospect Park in the 1980s when he felt spirits instructing him to carve a tree trunk next to the Lake. Bazile sculpted a large human head, two small human faces, a lion and a legba (a Haitian Vodou spirit) in the tree stump. This sculpture sparked the use of the area by the Haitian community, and it came to be named after Gran Bwa, the Haitian Vodou spirit associated with trees, plants and herbs. Although the sculpture is no longer in the park, its site continues to be an important gathering spot for the Haitian community.

The largest celebration at Gran Bwa, called Bwa Kayiman, happens annually in August. At this ceremony, participants memorialize the Haitian revolution—which propelled it to become the first black nation to attain independence from their enslavers—and nourish Haitian Vodou spirits. Says Makini Armand, “Gran Bwa is a place to experience the healing power of nature and community, for us to restore ourselves through experiences that bond us with one another and with the natural community around us… it’s an important part of our cultural background to keep families together, and preserve the Haitian heritage and keep the culture alive.”

Photo via Prospect Park Alliance Archives. See a video of the annual celebration in Prospect Park, courtesy of CityLore on YouTube.

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Shirley Chisholm, Brooklyn’s Hometown Hero
A local hero, Shirley Chisholm was born in Brooklyn to Barbadian parents. She spent her childhood in Barbados but returned to Brooklyn at age ten and lived much of her life in Crown Heights, to the northeast of Prospect Park and blocks away from the site of the historic Weeksville village. Chisholm was the first black Congresswoman in U.S. history, and both a leader and an advocate for residents of Brooklyn and the country at large. Her notable achievements in Congress included working to expand access to food stamps, helping to pass Title IX and extending minimum wage requirements to domestic workers. In 1972, Representative Chisholm became the first Black major-party candidate to run for President of the United States. True to her famous slogan, “unbought and unbossed,” Chisholm refused to abandon the interests of her constituents, no matter what establishment politicians did to intimidate her or mitigate her efforts. 

In 2018, Prospect Park Alliance President Sue Donoghue joined First Lady Chirlane McCray to announce that a monument to Chisholm would grace the park’s Parkside entrance—a location where the Alliance is undertaking a significant restoration as part of the work to improve the park’s eastern perimeter. After an open call for submissions and public feedback, artists  Amanda Williams and Olalekan Jeyifous were selected to design the park’s new monument—the first to be commissioned as part of the She Built NYC program, which seeks to expand representation of women in the City’s public art collection. The monument is in the design phase, and an important part of the upcoming restoration of the Parkside and Ocean perimeters.

Photo a still from “Chisholm ‘72” from Realside Productions.

Prospect Park Alliance Hosts Census Fair

January 22, 2020

On January 21, Prospect Park Alliance partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau, NYC Census 2020, the Brooklyn Borough President  and community partners to host a Census Fair at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside. The Fair is part of a larger effort by Prospect Park Alliance to get out the word about the Census and its importance to our community ahead of the official count starting in March 2020.

“2020 is a significant year for our community and beyond,” said Sue Donoghue, President of Prospect Park Alliance. “The outcome of the upcoming Census will play a critical role in the funding of our parks and public spaces. Brooklyn is one of the most undercounted areas in the nation, and vital federal funding and government representation depends on our census count. The Alliance is playing a leadership role in supporting our community with this effort.”

The event brought together 15 community partners, and attracted more than 500 attendees. The event was one of the most successful for the U.S. Census on the job recruitment front, contributing significantly to the 1,000 applications registered on January 21 in Brooklyn.

Prospect Park Alliance has set up a census hub on its website, prospectpark.org/census, which has information on job and volunteer opportunities, upcoming census events and more information on completing the census.

Visit our census hub for more information, and take our census pledge to make certain Brooklyn Counts 100% in 2020!