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Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn

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#13 of 23 in Parks in Brooklyn
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Fort Greene Park is a city-owned and -operated park in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York City. The 30.2-acre (12.2 ha) park was originally named after the fort formerly located there, Fort Putnam, which itself was named for Rufus Putnam, George Washington's Chief of Engineers in the Revolutionary War. Renamed in 1812 for Nathanael Greene, a hero of the American Revolutionary War, it was redesigned by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who also designed Central Park and Prospect Park, in 1867. The park contains the Prison Ship Martyrs' Monument, which includes a crypt designed by Olmsted and Vaux.

Across the street from its DeKalb Avenue entrance at Ft. Greene Place is Brooklyn Technical High School. To its west is the oldest hospital in Brooklyn, now called the Brooklyn Hospital Center. North of the park are the Walt Whitman Houses, one of the largest housing projects in New York City.

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  • For a visitor to Brooklyn, checking out this Saturday farmer market held just outside of the beautiful Fort Greene park, a short walk from our hotel on a sunny morning, was a nice experience. It’s a.....  more
    For a visitor to Brooklyn, checking out this Saturday farmer market held just outside of the beautiful Fort Greene park, a short walk from our hotel on a sunny morning, was a nice experience. It’s a.....  more »
  • This is a pretty city park in the middle of a very dense area so is much loved and much used by the local folks. Good community resource. 
    This is a pretty city park in the middle of a very dense area so is much loved and much used by the local folks. Good community resource.  more »
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  • Great scenic park with lots of foliage. Open fields are perfect for picnics or dog walks and the trees provide good shading for reading a book. The park is well kept and clean. Only downside of Fort Greene is that its quite hilly in some areas.
  • One of my favorite parks (in the world). It’s a medium sized park that is ideal for running, walking your dog, or chatting with friends. Nearby Dekalb Avenue has plenty of lovely restaurants and food shops which makes it easy to grab picnic fare on your way to the park. The monument to Sailors and Soldiers is fine. There’s a door. You can’t go in it. I tried. Sometimes there are comedy shows on the steps at the back of the park (Myrtle). They vary in quality, but certainly create a lovely atmosphere. I plan to frequent Ft Greene Park as long as I live in the neighborhood.

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