New book details beauty of Prospect Park

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Prospect Park is a neighborhood treasure for Brooklynites.

Brooklynites know they have a special “urban emerald,” as borough president Marty Markowitz calls it, in Prospect Park.

For locals meeting for barbecues or picnics, or simply to watch a child’s baseball game, it’s an idyllic setting for a summer day.

Now everyone else can appreciate it too. A new book, “Prospect Park: Olmsted & Vaux’s Brooklyn Masterpiece,” pays homage to the 585-acre park. Beautiful photographs capture every season, and accompanying text describes the artwork that went into creating what Sen. Charles Schumer calls “Brooklyn’s backyard.”

The forward to the book, written by former New York City Parks Department commissioner Adrian Benepe, crows that the park might be famed designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert B. Vaux’s greatest creation.

The beauty of Prospect Park’s sprawling design, he argues, is anchoring park-goers in nature wherever they might be running, sitting or eating — making that other green space they created, Central Park, seem a mere trial run.

The book is by husband-and-wife pair writer David P. Colley and photographer Elizabeth Keegin Colley, who created it with the Prospect Park Alliance.


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