What a delightful mistake on my end. As I was reminded, Walt Whitman once said, “Not all who wander are lost!” So on my wanderlust to head to Green-Wood Cemetery (video forthcoming) I took the wrong train into Brooklyn But it afforded me the opportunity to see something unplanned but welcomed – a visit to Prospect Park.
The park is a relaxing 585 acre public park rich in beauty, serenity, and history. During the Revolution this was the site of the Battle of Long Island, which Washington lost resulting in a retreat of the Continental Army through Manhattan. (Spoiler: Despite this loss the Continental Army went on to win the war and Washington became the first President of the United States, taking his oath of office in what is now the Finical District of Manhattan – and yes, I knew you knew). There are other historical landmarks as well as beautiful monuments which are worth the time invested to see them. Although not shown, the park also is home to the Prospect Park Zoo and is close to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.
One of my favorite artist, John Singer Sargent, painted Prospect Park along with a portrait of Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted designed the park. The art of filmmaking is represent in the park appearing in such films as Winter’s Tale, The Surfs, Sophie’s Choice, and As Good As It Gets to mention a few.