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Brooklyn Grand Army Plaza

Brooklyn, Grand Army Plaza Neighborhood,

Welcome to Brooklyn, New York's Grand Army Plaza" Soldiers' and Sailors'
Memorial,"
to the civil war union forces. This 80-foot high by 80-foot wide Memorial is
a design by John H. Duncan. The memorial arch stands in the center of a traffic circle,
('Grand Army Plaza Circle') encircled by a full bodied representation of late nineteen-
this century architecture on one side; recreation and culture in the surrounding areas in
it's park, Central Library, Museum and Botanic Garden.

First lets take a brief tour of Grand Army's surroundings, or if you like follow the link
above for a closer examination of her sculptures. While the Park slopes neighborhood
on the memorial's southeastern flank, is represented by tall apartment buildings, the
architecture of the four story brown-stone houses lining inner streets tells the story of
the areas late nineteenth century bloom.

Though remnants of it's Dutch past stands represented by the "Old first reformed
Church." Along the northwest end of the Grand Army Plaza, is Prospect Heights her
sister neighborhood which runs North on the other side of Eastern Parkway, across
from the Brooklyn Central Library.

At the northeast end of the Memorial is an entrance to Prospect Park at Flatbush
Avenue, across from Flatbush Avenue, is the Brooklyn Central Library flowing North
along Eastern Parkway eventually given way to the Brooklyn Museum.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, nestled behind the Brooklyn Museum reaches back
South, separated from Prospect Park by Flatbush Avenue. This horticultural nirvana is
indeed, a feast for the eyes, with many beautiful floral gardens, in which every year
you can enjoy Japanese culture in the Sakura Matsuri celebration cherry Blossom festival.
including the popular Japanese landscape garden designed by landscaper Takeo Shiota

Prospect Park is a 525 acre park, home of the Brooklyn zoo, lakes and skating rink.
Brooklyn's equivalent of Manhattan's Central Park. Prospect Park's entrance off the
Grand Army Plaza memorial traffic circle, at Flatbush Avenue is one of the main
entrances to the Park. Inside the park (East) at Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boule-
vard is the Lefferts Homestead a Dutch Colonial structure built in 1776 and now serves
as a children's museum.

Did I mention romance? Well behind the "Soldiers and Sailor's Memorial" is Baily's
park within the Grand Army Plaza traffic circle. Here Neptune sits with a small boy, in
Bailey's fountain. With figures representing wisdom and felicity positioned over him
he gazes on many-a-newly-wed. Who after making their wedding vows come to take
photos in hopes; I suppose, of receiving some mystical benefit in their new live
together.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden,Sakura Matsuri

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