Jonathan Grassi

Prospect Park Soiree Announced!

February 5, 2018

Don’t Miss Out on a Magical Evening of Dining and Dancing Under the Stars in Prospect Park
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Tickets on Sale February 13

The most anticipated party of the year is back! Prospect Park Alliance will host the Prospect Park Soiree on Saturday, June 23, a magical, one-night-only celebration in Brooklyn’s Backyard. Tickets will go on sale to the public on February 13 at 9 am.

We provide the entertainment and breathtaking setting, while guests gather with thousands of Park lovers in festive attire, prepare a delicious feast, bring their favorite bottle of wine, and dine and dance under the stars in one of the Park’s most scenic locations, the Peninsula.

Guests are encouraged to show off their creativity with a show-stopping topper—a fabulous hat or headpiece of your choosing—as well as table décor that celebrates the beautiful surroundings, and raise your glass in a toast to Brooklyn’s Backyard.

Individual tickets are $45, and table packages for groups of ten come with two complimentary bottles of wine. Proceeds benefit the non-profit Prospect Park Alliance’s mission to sustain, restore and advance Prospect Park.

Visit for more information and tickets. Please note that guests must be 21 and over.

Prospect Park Alliance is the non-profit organization that sustains, restores and advances Prospect Park, “Brooklyn’s Backyard,” in partnership with the City. The Alliance provides critical  staff and resources that keeps the Park green and vibrant for the diverse communities that call Brooklyn home.

New PPA Member Benefits at Lakeside

March 30, 2016

It’s always paid to be a Prospect Park Alliance member. Whether through invitations to members-only events, or discounts at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside, membership helps Park visitors get the most out of their time in Brooklyn’s Backyard. To make membership even better, we’re thrilled to announce even more Prospect Park Alliance membership benefits at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside, across every membership level.

Just in time for springtime fun, new member benefits include:

  • 10% season passes at Lakeside for ice skating, roller skating, bike rentals and boat rentals (Friend membership level and above)
  • Complimentary skating and discounted boat and bike rentals on PPA Wednesdays (Supporter membership level and above)
  • 10% off food and beverages at the Bluestone Café (Naturalist membership level and above)
  • And more! Learn about all of the great perks of PPA membership.

Support Prospect Park. Check out exclusive events. Skate for free. Become a member today, and spend your spring in style at Lakeside!

c. Chasi Annexy

New York Philharmonic Returns to Prospect Park

July 1, 2014

There are few things that could make Prospect Park even more enchanting and serene, but the New York Philharmonic will do just that on July 9 when they kick off their annual Concerts in the Parks in Prospect Park. Since 1965, the New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks have been an iconic summer experience, transforming parks throughout the boroughs into outdoor concert halls.

Bring your friends and family, and a blanket, for a perfect evening of music and nature. The program, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, will feature Don Juan by Strauss and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet. A fireworks display will follow the performance.

The Movable Feast Café at the Picnic House will be open noon until 9 pm, so Philharmonic fans can purchase wraps, coffee, and sweet treats to enjoy at the performance, including Maximo Pino Gelato and Sorbetto.

Prospect Park Alliance members at the Arborist level and above enjoy VIP seating, so become a member today!

A Frozen Muse

March 3, 2014

Prospect Park Alliance supporters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez do not need to travel far to find inspiration for their acclaimed songwriting career. When they were approached to write the score the Disney movie Frozen, they simply took a walk in Prospect Park. The lead single “Let it Go” then became a runaway hit, and now has won Best Original Song at the Academy Awards.

No stranger to accolades, Mr. Lopez is one of an elite group of artists to have won the grand slam of entertainment industry awards—an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, known as EGOT—a feat he earned in only 10 years. He previously won Tonys and a Grammy for his work on the music for “Avenue Q” and “The Book of Mormon.”

As regular visitors to Prospect Park, Bobby and Kristen headed to the Long Meadow for inspiration when it came time to create the lead song for the movie. The piece marks the moment when Elsa, the film’s heroine, accepts her magical abilities. To get into the right frame of mind they stood on a bench near the Picnic House and said to themselves, “You’re on a mountain alone and lost everything you knew. But also everything you’ve been holding back.” Writing the piece in a single day, it served as a cornerstone for the rest of the music, helping the songwriting duo to find the “true north” of the score. Anyone who has walked through the Long Meadow on a quiet winter’s day will recognize the sense of solitude and majesty in “Let It Go.”

In the photo above, Bobby and Kristen enjoy this season’s plentiful snow with their daughters Katie, 8, and Annie, 4, who have voice parts in the film.

View The New York Times video on Frozen.

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