- I’m Kate Papacosma, a landscape historian who has lived in Park Slope for twenty-one years. I’m proud to be a Brooklyn native, and although I grew up elsewhere, I’ve always been a New Yorker. Prospect Park was my first park. I have no conscious memories of it, but I think that it made such an impression on a certain level that I eventually returned to Brooklyn and dedicated myself to learning as much about the Park as possible. I earned my MA in Landscape Studies from The Bard Graduate Center and have written extensively about Prospect Park and Brooklyn / New York City history.
- My tours are based on years of my own research and experience, not a list of facts written by someone else that lack interpretation or historical context.
- As a result, I’ve led tours for the Municipal Art Society, NYCH2O, Open House New York, PS 107, and Victorian Society New York as well as my private tours. I’ve taught at The New School and have lectured elsewhere. I was featured as a Park expert in an episode of the BBC series, “Who Do You Think You Are?” And I’m also expanding my MA thesis into a book about the Park.