Quarantine walk one.

I walk a lot. It’s one of my favorite things to do. One time I walked (jogged a bit) to all the zoos (Prospect Park, Queens, Central Park, & Bronx) in a day. I’ve inadvertently wandered to Floyd Bennett Field. These days seem to be inviting a long, solo walk. I was made for these times.

Here’s a walk. I’ll describe it a bit. If you live in Brooklyn, give it a go – it’ll take you between 90 minutes and two hours, depending on how ramble-y your walking style. If you’re looking for a soundtrack, I was listening to the previously posted “Nilssolation” mix. Deviations and distractions are recommended – this is a loose recollection of my path with a couple of notable bits.

My path – starting at the circle on the lower left.

Start at Machate Circle (which I pronounce “machete” in my head and have never spoken aloud), at the southwest tip of Prospect Park.

Briefly walk north along the park, taking a left at Greenwood and follow that to the end. If you’re on the north side of the street, you’ll see one of the saddest attempts at a wall north of the border (zing). Right on Prospect Ave.

Great Wall

Take a left on Vanderbilt Street – which becomes 18th Street. Follow it up until Prospect Park West.

Take a left and that’ll lead you straight to Green-Wood Cemetery, one of the loveliest places in all of Brooklyn; a reliable home to tranquility. Quick note: Green-Wood has a few entrances. I have never looked ahead to see which entrances are open at which times, but I also handle frustration very well, just sayin’…

It can be quite easy to lose yourself in Green-Wood, for better or for worse. As you enter, take a right and roughly stay to the right. Or don’t! Wander about for hours! It really is one of my favorite places.

Green-Wood is home to some of the highest spots in Brooklyn. You know, in case you wanted to see the Statue of Liberty, but really, really small.

Eventually escape the graveyard via the 5th Avenue entrance (which is the one that is open most reliably – but I didn’t check that fact either, so…) and take a right on 5th Ave. There are some good murals and such in this area, if that’s your sort of thing.

Upon exiting Green-Wood, you can see the remnants of one of NYC’s last Victorian greenhouses (McGovern Weir Greenhouse, built in 1880). So there’s that.

Take a right on Prospect Ave and keep an eye out for Webster Place.

Take a left on Webster Place and you’ll suddenly find yourself on a charming block of excellent old (Queen Anne style?) houses – almost like you’ve briefly stumbled into San Francisco.

And then in a moment you’re back in Brooklyn. Take a right on 16th and hold steady.

I’ve never entered this bar, but there is a really good Faces bootleg with the same name.

Enter Prospect Park and take a right. Do not go to the main path. There is no reason to go to the main (boring) path. What, are you a runner? Honestly, you can do better than the main path. Trust me. Just stay on the much nicer (and less populated) path between the main path and the road.

Follow the path south and before you know it, you’ll be back at Machate!