A Sunday in Brower Park
Brooklyn’s parks are the closest most neighborhoods get to a town square, a refuge for all across class and culture. Coming to you not from the fields of Prospect Park, but the smaller spots across the borough, “A Sunday in…” spotlights residents who turn to the commons — and asks what’s on their mind.
In the early ’70s, The New York Times wrote a story about a spike in shootings around Crown Heights’ Brower Park, which cops attributed to Rastafarians. “Some Rastafarians smoke marijuana,” the Times — always ahead of the curve — noted.
“Brower Park … is in an area that has seen the influx of many thousands of blacks and Puerto Ricans in recent years,” the 1971 article noted.
Brower Park is located in the middle of Crown Heights between Kingston Avenue and Brooklyn Avenue from east to west, and St. Mark’s Place to Park Place from south to north, next to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. The park was named after George Vanderhoof Brower, Brooklyn’s parks commissioner of the late 1800s, when he died in 1929.