- I’m Kate Papacosma, a landscape historian who has lived in Park Slope for twenty 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. I’ve led tours of the Park for the Municipal Art Society, 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 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.