National Geographic : 1951 Mar
316 Young Brooklynites Desert Hot Sidewalks for a Dance on the Green in Prospect Park Brooklyn is Long Island's oldest settlement; Indians sold the site to the Dutch in 1636. Today its population is almost 3,000,000, and its water front handles about 60 percent of all Port of New York shipping (page 318). Here, in the center of Grand Army Plaza, rises the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Arch, honoring men who died in the Civil War. General Sherman laid the cornerstone in 1889. Close by is 526-acre Prospect Park, which is surrounded by miles of quiet residential streets contrasting sharply with the hurly-burly of Manhattan. On an August afternoon these boys and girls walked to the park's Long Meadow to take part in a folk-dance festival.