Where the hippies hung out in Prospect Park

Back in the late 1960s, long-haired, Dylan-loving Brooklyn kids gathered at a place they called Hippie Hill, described as “a long grassy knoll just up from the Totem Poles,” in a 2008 Daily News column by Denis Hamill.

The “Totem Poles,” below, are Stanford White-designed Grecian columns marking the entrance to the park near the 15th Street subway station.

“On some summer nights in the late ’60s, the crowds would exceed a thousand, young wanna-be troubadours strumming guitars and singing Dylan tunes, which was an instant hippie chick magnet,” writes Hamill.

“Eight-track tape decks boiled with angry Dylan songs. Even returning Vietnam veterans joined the scene, love beads dangling with their dog tags on Hippie Hill, where Dylan provided the soundtrack for our war-torn generation.”

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4 Responses to “Where the hippies hung out in Prospect Park”

  1. Shawn Rosvold » Blog Archive » Where the hippies hung out in Prospect Park Says:

    […] Where the hippies hung out in Prospect Park […]

  2. Boris Says:

    And then they all grew up, got married, and moved out to the suburbs, carried by fear of government, home ownership subsidies, and the 70’s crime wave they helped create. They left never to come back, hating the city for evermore.

  3. jack Says:

    You sound a little bitter, Boris….YOu should have been there in the 40’s

  4. Camille Says:

    For your information, Boris, MANY of us that hung out on Hippie Hill still live in Brooklyn, imagine that !

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