The Grand Army Plaza was designed as a way to transition from the major streets in Brooklyn to Prospect Park. Bailey Fountain was built in the center of the oval plaza in the late 1920s. The fountain was named for Frank Bailey, a graduate of Union College in Schenectady, NY, who was actively involved in the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and donated the funds for the fountain. Neptune is just one element of the fascinating fountain design.
As a most elaborate park entrance, this arch in the Grand Army Plaza is at the beginning of Prospect Park in Brooklyn. The arch was one of 36 designs submitted for consideration as a tribute to the soldiers of the Civil War. The cornerstone was laid in 1889, and it was unveiled in 1892. Additional sculptures were added to the arch throughout the 1890s.
My daughter and I have gone to New York a few times, but have always managed to go in cool, dreary weather. A Sunday in July sounded like a perfect opportunity, although the morning was a bit overcast. We took the ferry to the Statue of Liberty, and I managed to catch the Manhattan skyline in between low hanging clouds.