Photo of the Week: Ambergill Falls

[Ambergill Falls in Prospect Park], 1880 ca., v1974.7.109; Adrian Vanderveer Martense collection, ARC.191; Brooklyn Historical Society.

[Ambergill Falls in Prospect Park], 1880 ca., v1974.7.109; Adrian Vanderveer Martense collection, ARC.191; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Now that spring is upon us, it’s the perfect time to explore Brooklyn’s green spaces. The photo of the week depicts Ambergill Falls located by Rock Arch Bridge in Prospect Park. This is one of several waterfalls that was designed by Olmsted and Vaux, the Park’s creators. Prospect Park Alliance offers many free walking tours and events throughout the warmer months, which is a great way to explore all the hidden (and not so hidden) gems in Prospect Park.

This photograph comes from the Adrian Vanderveer Martense collection comprised of lantern slides and photographs taken by Martense from 1872 to 1889. There are fantastic photographs documenting Brooklyn in the 19th century, including photographs of the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, Prospect Park, and the Blizzard of 1888. To view more photographs from this collection, check out the online image gallery.

Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. library@brooklynhistory.org

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