History & Culture
It should come as no surprise that Prospect Park puts the “park” in Park Slope. Actually, it puts the “slope” in there, too: The area gets its name due to its location on the western slope of the expansive green space. Today, Prospect Park is a haven, its presence perhaps radiating a calmness that you can feel throughout the streets of Park Slope. At the park’s northern tip sits Grand Army Plaza, the grounds of which were a battleground of the Battle of Long Island during the Revolutionary War. At present, the public plaza is most recognizable by its triumphal arch, the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch. A memorial to the Civil War, it is topped with a crowning sculpture of a four-horsed chariot driven by the goddess of victory, recalling a similar adornment on Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate.