I recently spent a few days in New York City. It’s the third time I’ve visited and it’s a city I love, love, love. This time we decided to try a little ‘new’ along with the ‘old’, so along with the trusted Central Park, we also took in Prospect Park and the Botanical Gardens in Brooklyn.
CENTRAL PARK is great. Created in the 1850s, this magnificent expanse of greenery and lakes lies slam-bang right in the middle of Downtown, But, because it’s Downtown, everywhere you look there are tourists – I know, I know, I was one of them!
Amongst them, a group of British Policemen and women over from England running for charity. And turtles. Who knew there were turtles in Central Park? (Although, as I recall, the Heroes in a Half-Shell used to live in the NYC sewers, didn’t they?)
And then of course, there’s Strawberry Fields, with its iconic Imagine mosaic. Definitely worth a visit.
So how did PROSPECT PARK measure up against its better known neighbour?
Extremely well, indeed.
Built in the 1860s, it covers 585 acres and is only a short subway ride from Manhattan. We visited on a Sunday to find an oasis of tranquility with family groups enjoying picnics and multi-generational games of baseball.
Just next door are the Botanical Gardens and they are gorgeous. We just missed the cherry blossom and lilacs, but loved the bluebell woods and displays of azaleas, iris, peonies.
And don’t forget the Japanese Gardens. With a great visitor centre and restaurant, this is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan and allow the scents and scenery to soothe your soul.