History of Park Slope’s Built Environment

Janes Walk


Led By Mikhail Haramati

This walk will explore the history of the neighborhood through visits to historic buildings in the area. It will start at the Old Stone House, touch on the Revolutionary war, Battle of Brooklyn, creation of Prospect Park, and how the neighborhood came to be. We will visit a former training school, the branch library, Litchfield Villa, and the Prospect Park’s West Drive entrance. The tour will end at the Soldiers and Sailor’s Monument at Grand Army Plaza. Through the lens of the existing buildings, we’ll discuss changing transportation modes, development of Brooklyn, gentrification, and the increasing number of condo buildings being built.

Attendees should wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat and water for the walk. It will be approximately 2 miles in total, 1.5-2 hours.


Approximately 2 miles along sloping city sidewalks, leveling out when we reach Prospect Park. Meeting and end spots are served by subway and Citi bike stations. There may be street parking by the meeting point on 4th ave, but in general, parking in the neighborhood is difficult. Recommend biking, walking, or taking public transportation.

Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Sunday, May 7, 2023
3:00 PM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Brooklyn
Theme: Art & Architecture, History & Culture
Language: English
lawn with art installation at the Litchfield Villa
The Litchfield Villa in Brooklyn. Photo: Matt Postal. Modifications: photo cropped.