DAVID P. COLLEY'S UNIQUE HISTORIES
the first comprehensive history of Prospect Park, Brooklyn, traces the story of this fabled park from its inception in 1866 to the present with the construction of the outstanding Lakeside Center. Prospect Park has long lived in the shadow of its companion, Central Park, in Manhattan, but emerges with this book to be what its architects intended it to be, the more magnificent of New York’s great parks. Designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux were constrained in the design of Central Park by geography, politics and financing, but were given free reign to create Prospect Park. The great Brooklyn industrialist James S. T. Stranahan, as chairman of the Brooklyn Park Commission, gave his two creators an open checkbook and no limits to their imagination to produce a park renowned for its beauty and mystery that incredibly meets the needs of New Yorkers in the 21st century as it did in the mid-19th century. The text of “Prospect Park” describes the early planning and construction and the triumphs and struggles of the park through the years. Elizabeth Keegin Colley’s photographs beautifully display the wonders of the park, its woods, waters and wide meadows along with the remarably diverse plant and wildlife. (Published by Princeton Architectural Press, New York)
PRAISE FOR "PROSPECT PARK"
New York magazine –July 29-August 5, 2013 -
“a lusciously photographed volume…”
New York Times, July 28, 2013
“Summer is a fine time to revel in Prospect Park: Olmsted and Vaux’s Brooklyn Masterpiece by David P. Colley and illustrated with lush photographs by Elizabeth Keegin Colley”
Brooklyn Magazine, August 5, 2013.
“The Most Beautiful Photographs of Prospect Park you’ve ever Seen… The pictures by the author’s wife Elizabeth Keegin Colley are as equal a draw as Mr. Colley’s in-depth research and easy prose helping to make the book ‘destined to become the Brooklyn house gift of the year…We picked our 10 favorite photos and present them here for you”
Metro US, July 25, 2013
“Beautiful photographs capture every season and accompanying text describes the artwork that went into what Sen. Charles Schumer calls ‘Brooklyn’s Backyard…”
Jay-Z’s Blog – Life + Times, Aug. 1, 2013
“A look at the New Tome on Brooklyn’s Prospect Park….the first monograph of this exquisite public space, presents a wealth of archival and newly commissioned photography and insightful text…”
Ny.Curbed.com , August 7, 2013
“Prospect Park, the 526 (sic) heart of Brooklyn is arguably the best park in New York City…and a new book reveals all the secret and hidden histories of this man made gem,,,it is sure to teach even the most frequent park users something new,,,,We chose 25 of the most interesting facts here…”
LongHeartedBoy music blog, August 1, 2013
“If you are a fan of Brooklyn and Prospect Park this is the perfect book for you. It is full of gorgeous photos and compelling history…”
WNYC, New York, NY July 29, 2013
The Brian Lehreh Show
Power point presentations:
Lafayette College, Skillman Library, Easton Pa., 4:15 PM September 12, 2013
Brooklyn Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, September 21, 2013 2PM. Part of the Brooklyn Book Festival
NATHAN M. GREENWOOD in the London Times Literary Supplement writes of Decision At Strasbourg: In late November 1944, General Jacob Devers proposed to Dwight D. Eisenhower that the 6th Army Group should advance across the Rhine. In Decision at Strasbourg, David Colley stops short of endorsing Devers's argument that he would have rolled up the German defenders on the east side of the river, but agrees that Devers would have "unhinged" the German defences. Had Devers succeeded, the last months of the war in the West would surely have looked very different. To counter Devers, Hitler would have had to move thousands of the troops then massing behind the Ardennes: so no Battle of the Bulge. We would probably never have heard of the Bridge at Ramagen or of operations Blockbuster and Plunder, which brought Montgomery's British and Canadian armies to and across the Rhine.