Manu Chao concert in Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Yesterday, at the last minute, I bought a ticket off craigslist to a sold out outdoor concert of Manu Chao (for those who don't know him). It was certainly worth it, I danced my butt off, despite the heat and my black work slacks. I took my shoes off, rolled up my pants and forgot myself with the music. The energy was amazing and the fact that it was outdoors was great. The Prospect Park Bandshell is not too big, but not too small either, it's a great outdoor stage that makes you feel close to the musicians and yet so free with the sky over your head.
Prospect Park Area
Every summer, they have one of the longest-running free outdoor performing arts festivals in the nation: Celebrate Brooklyn (click here for more info). Although Manu Chao's concert was by no means free, some of the proceeds went to funding this festival.
The park, is relatively big (585 acres) and has it's own lake and zoo. Yesterday was my first time to the area, I was on the west side only, where the Bandshell is located. I walked out of the subway at Grand Army Plaza and was taken aback by how wide the road was and how free I felt with so much space around. It seemed as though I had left New York and found myself in Washington DC or some similar place. I walked through the park and then on the side street and let me tell you, my jaw dropped when I saw the apartment buildings and townhomes on the side of the park! Beautiful brownstones, small but very well kept. I imagine these places are worth millions, for just a few rooms and no garden.
In any case, last night I found one more thing I love about New York: the variety of settings, all in a (relatively) short subway ride. I am looking forward to going back and exploring the park and all that it has to offer.