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Posted by Barb on Wednesday, October 30th 2019:

In Reply to: Beauty in Brooklyn posted by Barbara on Monday, October 28th 2019:

What do you remember about the Prospect Park Zoo of long ago? Ages ago, probably late '40s, '50s, and '60s, I loved this informal place with its wrought-iron aviary (looked like a huge birdcage) and seal pool at its center as you entered down the concrete staircase. There were large old-fashioned elephant and giraffe houses, cages for big cats, wild canines, and smaller mammals. The only goodies were popcorn, cotton candy, and, of course, the ubiquitous Cracker Jacks with its surprise toy or ring. As with the animals, there wasn't much diversity of treats. I also recall the Parade Grounds. My grandfather lived across the street from Prospect Park.

As a zoo nut (my two favorites being the San Diego and, naturally, the Bronx Zoo), the Prospect Park Zoo was primitive and ill-suited for its inhabitants, but it fostered a lifelong curiosity and love for wild animals.

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