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The Eighteenth Avenue Armory is a monumental National Guard Armory building. Also famously referred as the 14th Regiment Armory and the Park Slope Armory, it is precisely located in the South Slope vicinity of Brooklyn. Designed and structured in 1893, it is a brick and stone castle-like structure. The design speaks for the reminiscent of medieval military structures of Europe. It comprises of a two story, flat roofed administration building coupled with a one and a half story, barrel vaulted drill shed, encompassing 70,000 square foot (6500 square meters). It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This beautiful Brooklyn park was created by the same architects responsible for the splendid Central Park in Manhattan. Unlike its more famous cousin in Manhattan, Prospect Park sits pretty amidst a primarily residential area and is not surrounded by skyscrapers. Many Olmsted fans dub this 526 acre (212.87 hectare) park his crowning achievement. It features horseback riding, ice skating, tennis, paddle boats and a carousel, as well as the Prospect Park Wildlife Center. There is a band shell for concerts, and Prospect Lake is often teeming with ducks, geese and swans.
Oversized outdoor ice skating rink with views of Prospect Lake.
A tribute to Charles Carroll, Carroll Park is a pleasant park in the bustling Brooklyn neighborhood. Divided in three sections, the park has recreational and sports facilities for visitors. The areas are spacious, and there are benches and shady trees for families to relax and enjoy the serenity of the peaceful surroundings. The children and teens have plenty of play areas, biking paths and there are three basketball courts, a bocce court and a baseball diamond too! During summer, visitors can cool off with the sprinklers and there are various happenings like children's concerts and other community events that take place on a regular basis. The Carroll Greenmarket, held right across the park, is a much loved place for visitors to shop on some fresh produce.
Built in 1889, the Knickerbocker Field Club was a historic tennis clubhouse designed in Colonial style architecture. The club happened to be the only building premise where the development of the tennis court had started. Sadly enough, it was in 1988 when the court was partially destroyed by fire. Subsequently, it was demolished in 1992 since there were shortage of funds for restoration. However, today it is functional and hosts several championships. The Knickerbocker Field Club got listed on National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
The LeFrak Centre is located at historic Prospect Park in Brooklyn. You can enjoy the numerous activities on offer, which include roller skating and ice skating, for which there is a fee. Take a leisurely stroll and admire the natural beauty on display or sit down at the cafe and enjoy a quiet evening with a book. There are also a number of activities for children, especially during summers. Check website for admission prices and other details.
This small but beautiful botanic garden features a Japanese garden, as well as the Cranford Rose Garden, herb garden, the Children's Garden, and the Steinhard Conservatory of indoor flowers and plants. In all, there are 52 acres and 12,000 varieties of botanicals, ranging from the tiny bonsai to the towering oak. Self-guided tours, individual classes and certificate programs are all available. Students come with your valid id cards, if you want to avail of a discount.
Aviator Sports & Recreation is one place that will cause a sport personnel's heart to leap with joy. This huge 25 acre indoor and out door complex is located within the Floyd Bennett Field on 5 Hangar. The facility houses 2 large ice-rinks, hardwood basketball courts, gymnasium, outdoor turf fields for soccer and football. The center also conducts classes to train serious athletes, but it's also perfect for kids. The Aviator Sports & Recreation is also available for various sports events and otherwise.
Stray Boots was created in 2008 with a unique and fun idea for exploring cities: scavenger hunts. The way it works is you can choose from different zones or themes in your city and receive clues on your cell phone that lead to interesting destinations. If you want to do the scavenger hunt with a bunch of your friends that is possible too, since Stray Boots also hosts private events.
Rich in history, Fort Greene Park’s beginnings emerged in the form of Fort Putnam, which is today located within the park. In 1812, the fort was christened in the name of Major General Nathanael Greene and since there was not any actual worry of conflict or a war at the time, the fort was used by the locals as a recreational space. In the park, there is also a famous memorial, the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument, which honors the lives of thousands of Americans who died as a result of imprisonment aboard a ship by the British. A visit to this park gives all its visitors a broader perspective of the history of the city and its residents. The hugely-popular Brooklyn Flea on Saturdays is right across the park.
Seeing New York City by air is a phenomenal experience, and Liberty offers you a great opportunity to do just that. The company features three different kinds of flights that are 15 to 25 minutes long and provide a glimpse of the Empire State Building or the Statue of Libertyor other points of interest. Call for prices.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse offers free kayaking on Thursdays and Saturdays. Get rowing or kayaking and take in the magnificent vistas of the Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty. There are no reservations and it is all first-come-first basis.