Giving the neighborhood its name, the 585-arce Prospect Park boasts a natural forest, jogging and biking paths, the Long Meadow and the borough’s only lake. Designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted, the popular park is located on the eastern boundary of the community. The recreation area is home to a year-round skating rink as well as the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, the Brooklyn Museum and the Prospect Park Zoo. The bandshell hosts outdoor summer concerts. The park has a wide assortment of activities and attractions that appeal to visitors of all ages.
A reconstruction of a 1699 Dutch farmhouse, the Old Stone House is a museum chronicling Brooklyn’s history. One of the permanent exhibits is dedicated to the 1776 Revolutionary War Battle of Brooklyn, the first official engagement fought by the U.S. Army. The exhibit includes period weapons and uniforms. The second floor gallery space is used to display rotating exhibits related to Brooklyn history. The museum also hosts literary and musical events.
Situated just across the community’s Atlantic Avenue boundary, the 19,000-seat Barclays Center is a multipurpose, indoor arena that hosts home games for the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and the NHL’s New York Islanders. The arena is also the setting for various sporting and entertainment events as well as conventions and concerts.
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music was founded in 1897. The conservatory is housed in an 1881 Victorian Gothic-style building with Queen Anne elements found within the Park Slope Historic District. Instructing approximately 2,000 students in a variety of musical genres, the conservatory hosts an assortment of concerts and other musical performances throughout the year.
Brooklyn Arts Exchange
Known as BAX, the exchange was founded in 1991 as a multi-discipline education, rehearsal and development space for artists in various media. The Theater at BAX provides audiences a diverse mix of 50 performances by developing and emerging artists each season in an intimate setting. BAX also sponsors several arts festivals during the year.