Thinking Deep Thoughts in Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, NY
At the highest point in Brooklyn’s first park (the thirty hilly acres of Fort Greene, sculpted by the same guys who designed Central Park) you’ll find a starkly beautiful monument. A bronze plaque built into a tall column proclaims its purpose: to commemorate the thousands of Americans who died on British prison ships during the Revolutionary War. A few small children play on the cement courtyard surrounding the memorial. A retired gent sits with his paper on one of the many benches. The Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park is part of a more hidden New York that awaits the curious in nearly every neighborhood. There’s history in the most unexpected places. And this one—during the week, anyway—provides an ideal, peaceful spot for reading, or writing haiku. Or, maybe, short travel stories. Walt Whitman was a big advocate for this park, you know. Maybe Walt’s ghost will give that pen a nudge.