Are we never to have any public parks in Brooklyn?

Editorial by Walt Whitman

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Are wc never to have any public parka in Brooklyn '? In the eourse of an hour's stroll yesterday afternoon over Brooklyn Heights, and ' the demesnes that there adjacent lie," we realized more fullv than ever before, the shameful loss which has occurred to the city ol Brooklyn, and its " generations yet unborn," from not having the said heights preserved as a public ground. The expense, twenty years ago, would have formed no great item, and it might have been arranged so as to require only a smalj yearly outlay. But no matter now, of course : the ground is mostly built upon, and wo must direct our offorls to what remains unoccupied. A beautiful promenade might be yet mado of the Picrrepont "ground, and the tract immediately adjoining it toward the Fulton ferry, taking part of Columbia street, and up lo the street above. Cleared, graded and planted with trees, and a fine walk made on the verge, it would even then be one of the most beautiful public grounds in the world. It would go ahead of the famous New York Battery ; for the view would be immensely wider and farther. It would bo a spot lifted, as it were, out fiom the staled city, and offeiing all the advantages of magnificent prospect, sea - air, and a jaunt into the country. On tho other side of the town, the elevated range called Fort Green is just tho spot for another public ground. It is far better than that miserable piece of a place, contiguous to the Navy Yard.jvhich will never amount to anything, whatever amount of money should be expended on it. Of course there would be no fairness in giving only one section of tho city a park, and not the other. The ready rejoinder to such suggestions is, the expense tho increase of taxes which it would cause. Now we think the two parks we have mentioned would be far moro serviceable to the city than the new and costly Hall they are going to build. But wc are sure that arrangements of some kind might be made to get the ground without incurring a direct and heavy expense to the citizens. " Where there's a will, there's a way ;" and wo hope our crude and hasty hints will strike sonic of our readers in a manner to produce from them an elaborate plan which will carry out the desired work.

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  1. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle,
  2. 23 Mar 1846, Mon,
  3. Page 2

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