Museum of Art, and 5 the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The latter two are a short walk down Eastern Parkway, past the left side of the library (or go to the Eastern Parkway stop on the #2 or #3 train). Here are a few Park Slope places worth a special look:
The Litchfield Villa on Prospect Park’s western edge at 4th Street is a Tuscan-style villa, the oldest mansion (1857) in Park Slope. It was the home of Edwin Litchfield, a railroad tycoon who owned virtually all the land that now comprises Park Slope. He sold the land for Prospect Park to the then independent City of Brooklyn. The building is now the New York City Parks Department’s administration building for Brooklyn.
The Montauk Club at 25 8th Avenue (corner of Lincoln Place) was built as a private gentlemen’s club in 1891 and resembles a Venetian palazzo. The structure features both Native American (Montauk) and Renaissance motifs on the front façade. The side door to the left was once the women’s entrance; women could enter only to dine with male club members. (The club is still private, but membership is increasingly diverse.)
Montgomery Place, a one-block street between Carroll and Garfield Streets that runs from Prospect Park West to 8th Avenue, is a rarity: it was developed as a single, unified real estate venture. In 1887-1892 the developer commissioned renowned 19th-century architect C.P.H. Gilbert to design 20 of the block’s 46 houses to create a harmonious streetscape.
The Squad 1 Firehouse at 786 Union Street is an elite New York Fire Department unit which lost 12 men at the World Trade Center on September 11. A wooden statue memorializes them as well as all of the 343 firefighters who died that day.
in the late 1960s, with the restoration of the then low- cost, often dilapidated brownstones by young people priced out of Manhattan. Gentrification continues today.
Things to See and Do in Park Slope
The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Arch in the center of Grand Army Plaza was built in 1892 and stands 80 feet high. This official New York City Landmark celebrates the Union Army’s victory in the Civil War. Arrayed around Grand Army Plaza are several of Brooklyn’s leading cultural 1
institutions: 2 Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Public 3
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