Archtober in Prospect Park

Prospect Park Meadowport Arch

Presented by the Center for Architecture, Archtober is an annual festival of lectures, tours, exhibitions, and films that celebrate all things architecture in New York City. These special tours of Prospect Park will focus on the park’s historic design and contemporary restoration, including an Art & Architecture Tour, a close look at the park’s water system and recently-restored 1869 Wellhouse building, and a tour with a special focus on the park’s east side, including the Rose Garden, Flatbush perimeter, Children’s Corner, and Lakeside.

Tour Programs

icon-gears  Art & Architecture Tour // FRI, Oct 11, 4pm 
 Waterways & Wellhouse Tour // SUN, Oct 13, 10:30am
icon-leaf  Exploring the East Side Tour // SAT, Oct 26, 1:30pm

The Telegraph: The 20 Greatest Ways to See New York

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The Telegraph, May 22, 2019

by Jane Mulkerrins

Turnstile Tours has built a reputation for offering quirky tours, from historic sites such as Brooklyn’s Army Terminal to street markets, and donates at least 5 per cent of all ticket sales to neighbourhood projects. New for this year are two-hour walking tours of Prospect Park – Central Park’s more compact sister in Brooklyn – exploring the meadows and woodlands, art and architecture and waterways. There’s also a tour of the Gowanus waffle production space for the trendy Wafels & Dinges chain. As well as meeting the chefs and learning how the business works, visitors get to make (and eat) their own waffles.

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Brooklyn Paper: Tour de four: Prospect Park launches a new walk for each week

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Brooklyn Paper, April 19, 2019

by Kevin Duggan

These tours make history a walk in the park.

Four new walking tours will reveal Prospect Park’s rich history and uncover its hidden gems. Prospect Park Walking Tours, starting on April 28, will offer a different guided trip through the green space each Sunday, letting audiences focus on the marvels of Brooklyn’s Back Yard they find most interesting.

Each two-hour tour starts at Grand Army Plaza and takes visitors through the park’s 150-year history, from the halcyon days just after landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux opened the green in the 1860s, through the Park’s disrepair in the 1970s, and its rejuvenation in the last two decades, according to one of the guides.

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CBS New York: Why Prospect Park Is The Perfect Place For A Love Story

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CBS New York, February 14, 2019

by John Dias

Some even pop the question in the park. So it doesn’t come as a shock that weddings are popular there, too, and have been since the 1920s. “The first official wedding took place in Prospect Park on June 7, 1923, and that was between Elizabeth Hoyt Senarens and Owen Morton Gunderson,” Turnstile Tours Vice President Andrew Gustafson told Dias.

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Prospect Park Zoo

The Prospect Park Zoo is a 12-acre zoo located along Flatbush Avenue on the eastern edge of Prospect Park, part of the Park’s Children’s Corner. Opened in 1935, this zoo cares for more than 400 animals, including sea lions, baboons, and their famous red pandas. Admission is only $8 for adults and $5 for kids, but the zoo is part of the Wildlife Conservation Society, so membership includes admission to the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and the New York Aquarium at Coney Island. This is a great place for kids and a worth a visit after our Prospect Park Tours.

450 Flatbush Ave // Zoo & Outdoor Activities // More info

Lakeside BKLYN at Prospect Park

Kids skating at outdoor skating rink at Lakeside Prospect Park

Located in the Park’s southeast corner, Lakeside BKLYN offers year-round activities, dining, and special events, including roller and ice skating, boating, biking, and a summertime splash pad for kids. This is a perfect place to go after our Prospect Park tours, which end at Lakeside’s home, the award-winning LeFrak Center at Prospect Park. Also visit Lakeside’s Bluestone café, featuring a distinctive menu with a range of dining options, sandwiches and desserts, Brooklyn Brewery beers, and an array of wines.

171 East Drive, Brooklyn // Recreation Center and cafe // More Info

The Bridge: The Brooklyn Tour Guides Who Know All the Secrets

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The Bridge, July 12, 2017

by Emily Nonko

As Brooklyn’s tourism industry heats up, double-decker buses have crossed the river in herds, whirling visitors around Grand Army Plaza and other dramatic sights. But to paraphrase the song from Hamilton, what’d they miss? Lots, according to Brooklyn-based Turnstile Tours, which has made a name for itself with a completely different approach: depth. On a Turnstile Tour of the cavernous Brooklyn Army Terminal, for example, you’ll find out that the massive base was once used as a storage warehouse for alcohol seized during Prohibition. Millions of gallons of booze were dumped into the harbor!

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The Great War and NYC: Prospect Park

A statue of a soldier who stands clutching his gun and looking off into the distance as an angel begins to wrap her wing and arm around him

April 6, 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of the US entry into the First World War. America’s involvement was comparatively brief, yet the war had massive impacts on American society. This year, we will be posting a series of articles about the ways in which the war affected the sites where we work in New York City.


War has played an integral part in the history of Prospect Park. In August 1776, the future site of the Park was a battleground, as American troops tried to stop the British advance in the epochal Battle of Brooklyn. Originally conceived in 1861, the Civil War intervened; this turned out to be a blessing, as the pause gave the Park’s commissioners reason to reconsider the original design – with Flatbush Avenue coursing through the middle of the proposed park – and instead hire the visionary team of Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted. 50 years into its life, World War I would arrive to alter the Park’s landscape yet again.>> Continue reading