Head over and take a morning stroll through Prospect Park. In 10 minutes you and your dog will be at the Peninsula, where your pooch can take a dip in the lake or in the Nethermead, chasing tails during off-leash hours. The landscape is a bit more majestic on the southwest side of this grand ole park. For instance, there’s the Bartel-Pritchard Square at the park entrance at the intersection of Prospect Park West and Prospect Park Southwest. The memorial’s circular roadway commemorates former residents (Emil Bartel and William Pritchard) that perished in World War I. But between two Stanford White-designed granite pillars, the architecture acts like a gateway to a vast forested getaway.
It’s hard to find a pub that serves breakfast in Brooklyn five days a week. That’s why it is Hamilton's that needs to be your first morning meal in Windsor Terrace. The bar and grill, operated by same people behind the highly-popular Alchemy bar in Park Slope, offers numerous tasty plates like the Swiss breakfast (smoked salmon, potato roti and herbed sour cream). Morning staples like brioche French toast and huevos rancheros are also delish.
The history of the FDNY officially dates back to 1865. Windsor Terrace is home to a firehouse, tucked away at 1309 Prospect Avenue, that dates back to 1896 - the Engine 240 Firehouse. The firehouse remains one of the most indelible landmarks in the city. Named an official NYC Landmark in 2013, the firehouse is quite possibly the most fascinating structure you will ever see. The Romanesque Revival building has been preserved, and even has the original lookout tower that hails back to when fire alarms weren’t a thing.
Windsor Terrace, just like its neighbors, is a movie-making magnet, so naturally, you decide to take a self-curated grand tour of filming locations. You start from the most famous film to have been shot in Windsor Terrace, "Dog Day Afternoon." The bank for the film was set at 285 Prospect Park West between 17th and 18th Street. The next is the star-studded location of “Smoke” and “Blue in the Face.” which starred Harvey Keitel and featured a life in at a smoke shop. The smoke shop was located at 209 Prospect Park West, today a Western Union. Then you make your way over to 1 Windsor Place since that’s where Helen Hunt’s character Carol lived in “As Good As It Gets.” Not that far from there, at 30 Fuller Place, film scenes for “The Amazing Spider-Man” were shot. This is also the same short block that was once the fictional home of Geena Davis’s character in “Angie.” Finally, the nearby Farrell’s Bar & Grill was featured in "Pollock.”
The thoughts of movies and dreams of making it big on the big screen has you hungry. Butterfunk Kitchen has taken Windsor Terrace by storm for its traditional Southern chow, and you look forward to their approach to good food. The soul food eatery also features live music on the weekend nights. The owners, Chef Chris Scott and his wife Eugenie Woo, call the evening dinner service a “juke joint.” The pair have already made their lunchtime cafe next door, Brooklyn Commune, a success. Take your time as you gobble up the fried chicken and listen to the jazz bands.
If there’s one bar in the neighborhood you MUST visit, then that’s undoubtedly Farrell’s Bar & Grill. The bar has been in the business since 1933, but the watering hole gained fame for being the first bar in New York City to get a liquor license after the end of the Prohibition. Farrell’s atmosphere and regulars have transformed the bar into a landmark. For many years, the place only served men, until local filmmaker and journalist Pete Hamill forced the owners to serve Shirley MacLaine in 1971 (the two were shooting Hamill's “Desperate Characters” nearby). The bar is also known for serving beer only in Styrofoam cups… until the material's citywide ban in 2015.