From Howling Wilderness to Historic District: Prospect Heights and Grand Army Plaza

With Lucie Levine

[In-person tour] The New York Times once described the area of Brooklyn now known as Prospect Heights as a “howling wilderness.” On this tour of Prospect Heights and Grand Army Plaza with Lucie Levine, we’ll find out how this petit neighborhood, located on the north eastern edge of Prospect Park, went from a rural expanse to a historic district, home to some of the city’s most spectacular brownstone and row house architecture. Along the way, we’ll find out where architects set out to build the world’s largest museum, how Frederick Law Olmsted intended to connect Prospect Park to Central Park, and why the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library took nearly 40 years to build!

In-person tours are limited to 25 attendees and are held outdoors.  Walking tours bring individuals into close proximity with each other, we therefore recommend that all tour goers wear masks during the tours, regardless of vaccination status.  Your tour guide and your fellow tour participants will thank you for your cooperation.  Should the tours happen to venture indoors, many places require masks and/or proof of vaccination, so please be prepared to have both with you.

MAS Walking Tours last approximately 2 hours. Meeting location is provided with registration.

Sunday, June 5
11:00 AM

In-person tour (meeting location delivered in registration confirmation email)

Member: $20
Non-member: $30

147-159 Prospect Place in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Beyond My Ken.