Somewhere along nearly every path in Prospect Park, you’ll find a sign or an arrow pointing you toward the “LeFrak Center at Lakeside.” Never mind that the signage is a little excessive and the name invokes a science fiction-y space station. This is indeed a site worth celebrating.
What looks like a giant granite slab floating in space is actually the 25,000-square-foot green roof that capped off this 21st-century redevelopment project, the largest (and most well endowed) in the park’s history. Underneath you’ll find a regulation-size rink (for hockey and figure skating in winter, retro rollerskating in summer), equipment rental, lockers, and plenty of space to just kick back. Snacks at the attached Bluestone Cafe are basic but the sliders and chicken tenders keep a lot of kids happy, and frozen margaritas hit the spot for adults on warm days.
Other activities when the sun is out include bike rentals (including a whole set of novelty cycles from low-to-the-ground three-wheelers to canopied contraptions that four people can pedal at a time) and paddle boating. This is Brooklyn’s only lake and the restored promenade provides a great vantage point to catch the sunset.
Keep an eye out for special events, like DJ-accompanied outdoor yoga.