Beware Grand Army Plaza Confusions
Confusingly, Grand Army Plaza is also the name of a subway station nearby in Park Slope that is served by the # 2 and # 3 subway lines.
The term "Grand Army Plaza" also sometimes refers to the area near the entrance to Prospect Park, on the park side of the traffic circle. For instance, the farmers market at Grand Army Plaza is actually on the Prospect Park side of the road. (But who cares? This is Brooklyn.)
Manhattan also has a Grand Army Plaza. It is near the old Plaza Hotel, in midtown Manhattan.
How to Get to Grand Army Plaza, the PlazaThe best two ways to reach Grand Army Plaza by subway are
Take the #2 or the #3 subway to the Grand Army Plaza Station. Walk up Flatbush Avenue or Plaza Street until you see the monument and traffic circle. (In the event of subway complications, it is further, but still walkable from the Eastern Parkway #2 or #3 Station as well. Exit the Eastern Parkway station. Walk down Eastern Parkway from the Brooklyn Museum and past the Botanical Gardens to Grand Army Plaza.)
Or, take the Q or B to the 7th Avenue Station. Follow Flatbush Avenue up the hill. Grand Army Plaza is about 3 blocks away.
What Happens at Grand Army PlazaSeveral important cultural institutions and architectural monuments are associated with Grand Army Plaza, including the Brooklyn Central Library, Prospect Park, and the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, which resembles the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden are within walking distance.
A large, weekly, year-round Saturday greenmarket occupies part of Grand Army Plaza.
Since 2011, this site has also been used on Sundays for a Food Truck Rally that is open in the spring, summer and autumn.
Grand Army Plaza is a popular place for wedding photos, and, occasionally, movie shoots.
During the summer, concerts organized by Celebrate Brooklyn and held in Prospect Park often reference directions from Grand Army Plaza.
Grand Army Plaza is home to one of the world's largest Hanukkah menorahs, which is erected temporarily and is lit every night of the eight-night Hanukkah festival, usually in December. It is about 30 feet tall.
Grand Army Plaza is often considered part of the Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope, but it's actually in between Prospect Heights and Park Slope.
On New Year's Eve, Grand Army Plaza is the site of festivities and entertainment before the annual, and very popular, midnight firework display in Prospect Park.
For information on the history of Grand Army Plaza, and the various monuments in it, click here.