A proposed Prospect Park development could eliminate important LGBT historic site, advocates say

Today the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) discussed a plan to redevelop a secluded section of Prospect Park that’s also a well-known cruising spot for Brooklyn’s LGBT community.

The Prospect Park Alliance wants to build a playground and outbuilding in the Vale of Cashmere, a park-within-a-park about a ten-minute walk south of the park’s main entrance at Grand Army Plaza.

Prospect Park’s original designers envisioned the Vale of Cashmere as a naturalistic park with a pool, gardens with rare plants, and a children’s play area. Since then, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux’s landscape has undergone a few major changes. When McKim,

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