The Litchfield Villa
You won’t be able to see that much inside the Villa itself. It is now used by the park administration. If you’d like to get information about using one of the park’s facilities this would be the right place to go. But the Litchfield villa has a pretty interesting history and the architecture is great. The history of the Prospect Park starts right there. The founder of the house named Clark Litchfield was forced to give his dream castle and surrounding 24 acres of land to the city of Brooklyn in a1868. Later the Prospect Park was built by, the designers of NYC Central Park, Olmsted and Vaux.
You can read the full story HERE
Litchfield Villa is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 A.M.- 5:00 P.M.
To get there take the "F" train to 7th. Avenue station.
Phone number for arranging special events 718-965-8969
Actually another Queens Tip
There are a lot of places to rollerblade, run, ride your bike, etc around the city. I love doing that at Jacob Riis Park in the evening. It's right on the beach, there's a "boardwalk" and you can go from Ft. Tilden up to the Bay 1 at the beach. This place is so crowded during the say but fun in the evening.
Take the Q35 (I think) to Jacob Riis Park in the summer or to Ft. Tilden all year.
Driving: Exit 11S off the Belt Parkey, Flatbush Avenue, across the Marine Pkwy Bridge.
The Lucky Cat is Williamsburg's very first real coffeehouse/lounge, in the bohemian sense of the word (ie--cavernous dark space, couches, literary events, live music, books, art everywhere, etc. etc.
Still a somewhat hidden treasure, many locals come in not knowing what to expect. The hours are extensive--coffeehouse during the day, club/lounge at night.
Amazing live music--everything from accoustic songwriters to punk rock Saturdays...
Lucky Cat has a full bar with one of the best cocktail menus this side of the East River (without the insane Manhattan prices). Anything! Sometimes on weekends there are parties and special events, but still::: anything! Great vibe here--no pretentious ***.
A Brooklyn institution since the 1950's. You will see all sorts of New Yorkers from an old Yiddish grandmother to a Supreme Court Justice eating here. The restaurant is a glorified coffee shop, casual and simple food which is just what I like. I was vegetarian when I ate here (not vegan) so of course I had to have grilled cheese, fries and a slice of their amazing cheesecake. The best cheesecake I've ever had. Truly.
Cheapest eats (vegetarian ok)
Rockin' falafel. Not necessarily traditional, but damn good! Great soups and baklavah. Not a sit down restaurant, but a great grab-n-go type of breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Perfect for some substance before hitting the bars. You can get a falafel sandwich, a soda, a soup, and a baklavah for less than ten! Drop a buck tip, they'll remember you for next time. You'll be back...