8. Prospect Park

Lafayette MonumentMonument to The Marquis De Lafayette

Similar to Central Park, Prospect Park has its own array of sculptures and monuments depicting everything from historical figures to dragons. Perhaps one of the best known sculptures in the park is a rendition of Abraham Lincoln by Henry Kirke Brown, which prominently features two eagles. In another statue, General Henry Warner Slocum, the namesake of the PS General Slocum which sank off North Brother Island, is seen riding on horseback. Other historical sculptures include the Lafayette Memorial by Daniel Chester French and a memorial to James S. T. Stranahan, a U.S. Representative from New York.

Prospect Park is also home to a number of sculptures of composers like busts of the Norwegian Edvard Grieg, Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Carl Maria Von Weber. Authors like Washington Irving and Irish poet Thomas Moore are also featured in the park. There are a number of animal-inspired works like the Dragon Fountain, the bronze sculpture Lioness and Cubs, and The Horse Tamers. The park also features a number of bas-reliefs inspired by The Jungle Book, such as Mowgli Rides the Bull Against the Tiger.