Brooklyn Heights

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Brooklyn Heights
Relax on a bench to people watch, picnic or just take in the breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. This exclusively pedestrian walkway is lined with grand historic townhouses and features a playground at Montague Street.
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Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights
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  • Clark St • 3 min walk
  • Court St • 5 min walk
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Acton, MA409 contributions
May 2021
This historic upscale neighborhood was one of the first commuter residential areas built after lower Manhattan got too crowded. You can see why early Americans moved here when you see the great views from the Promenade. Most of the current buildings are apartments, with several street filled with nice restaurants.
Written May 24, 2021
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NY395 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
Although we live in the NY metropolitan area, my husband and I booked a 24 hour getaway in Brooklyn. We know Manhattan like the backs of our hands, but don't know Brooklyn well at all and thought it would be a fun, local-ish getaway for us. We walked through Brooklyn Heights and really enjoyed it. It is a safe, upper middle class urban neighborhood. You will see families and people of all ages and stages bustling in the streets, parks, restaurants and shops. Great views of Manhattan and lots of fun places to get to know. Wonderful, endless restaurants and boutiques. 24 hour fruit/vegetable/corner stores. Synagogues and churches sprinkled throughout. Very pleasant area. Reminds me of the Upper West Side of Manhattan but with much better views! If you are in Brooklyn and enjoy seeing neighborhoods, this is a fun one to check out.
Written April 20, 2014
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Margaret H
New York City, NY73 contributions
Sep 2013 • Friends
You really can go back in time, as you walk this hamlet of a neighborhood, particularly on Middagh Street with the 200 year old Dutch wood frame houses with small doors (as people were smaller then). Pass by Plymouth Church(1849) on Orange and Hicks Street where Henry Ward Beecher gave rousing speeches in the mid 19th century. The church was a station on the underground railroad and he was a leading abolitionist. It was one of the first churches to arrange the pews in an arc around the pulpit and it is well maintained. Make sure you head down Columbia Heights which parallels the Promenade to survey some of the grandest, imposing brownstones with old stripped awnings over the windows to block the sun. Note the various carriage houses every so often which have been converted to luxury dwellings. Go to Montague Street for eats at Teresa's for a hearty Polish meal. See the mansions on Pierrepont Street and the largest assembly of pre-Civil war houses. Imagine in 1776, George Washington leading his troops across the East River on a foggy night just down from the bluff of Brooklyn Heights where all these lovely homes are now situated. Once you experience just walking down these beautiful, old streets, you will kiss the ground that citizens fought so hard against Robert Moses to keep Brooklyn Heights from being demolished. The Brooklyn Promenade is not to be missed with views of Manhattan and NY harbor which stun! Every New Yorker worth his salt comes here now and again to take in the view of Manhattan and wonder about the early settlers coming to this island of which Brooklyn is a part. To Prepare for your visit or to learn more, Watch channel 13's "A Walk around Brooklyn" with Historian Barry Lewis.
Written December 15, 2013
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59 contributions
Mar 2012
Much quieter than Manhattan, the Heights is roughly one square mile of historic homes, has the best view of Manhattan and for those who wish to walk it, is very close to the Brooklyn Bridge.

There are two main streets:
The first and busiest is Montague Street which has several cafes, restaurants, stores and banks.

The second is Atlantic Avenue which is the border of the southern end of the neighborhood and is convenient for those who want to grab something for a picnic down in the new Brooklyn Bridge Park.)

Very much a little town of its own, the best time to visit the Heights is really anytime.
Early morning it's peaceful streets have only a few dog walkers and joggers. The afternoon brings jurors and employees from the nearby courthouses out on their lunch breaks. The evening is a great time to watch the sunset from the Promenade and have dinner at a local restaurant.

If you're in the mood for a movie, try the Brooklyn Heights Cinema - one of the last if not the last, tiny independent movie theaters in the city.

Of special note for history buffs is the Battle of Brooklyn Heights which was the first major battle of the American Revolutionary War.

Besieged by loyalist troops, Washington escaped to Manhattan rather than surrender as he was expected to do. If he had been inclined to play by the rules of warfare as they were in those days and surrendered like a good gentleman, the revolution would have ended before it really got underway.

Want to know more? Check out the Brooklyn Historic Society on Pierrepont Street. (Pronounced: pier-pont.)

One caveat: Don't bring a car. There is very little street parking here and you will easily spend 30-45 minutes driving in circles looking for a spot and you will not endear yourself to the locals who are weary of outsiders speeding down their streets in parking frustration.

Besides, the Heights is easily accessed by many subway lines (R, 2,3,4,5, the A and F too but not as safe.)

There are also some yellow cabs around and many local car service companies to take you back to the City when you're done visiting.

Most important :-)
There are clean public restrooms down in the Brooklyn Bridge Park at either end. There are also two Starbucks in the area - on Court St and one on Montague.
Written March 7, 2012
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Spartanburg, SC86 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
This is an excellent neighborhood for walking and just taking it easy in NYC. Walk at your leisure, but be sure to visit Montague Street for quaint little shops and cafes! Don't miss the Brooklyn Waterfront at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. Many historic buildings and best views of the city anywhere! Also, walk the Brooklyn Promenade for more views and a relaxing change of pace! Court Street has excellent restaurants--The Queen Italian just can't be beat--enjoy!!!
Written September 14, 2015
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Brooklyn, NY210 contributions
Feb 2019 • Solo
To walk on Henry Street, Pierrepont, and other streets in historic Brooklyn Heights is such a pleasure. The homes, the buildings, many of which are landmarks, are a treasure bequeathed to Brooklyn and the City. This area, Brooklyn Heights, will not be the same if they do away with the Promenade with its glorious views of Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge and more. They must stop this shameful plan to build a six lane highway there. Brooklyn Heights and the Promenade must remain as they are for all to treasure and enjoy.
Written February 27, 2019
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Washington DC, DC66 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
We have visited NYC annually for years but never explored Brooklyn Heights and as such, signed on for an August Sunday tour with John. Fans of this company and having taken multiple tours domestically and abroad, my husband, son and I can honestly say that John is one of the best.

Knowledgeable, passionate, engaging - the 2+ hours went too quickly during which time we learned much but wanted more. Hopefully, he leads other tours for which we'd gladly sign up.

Great company. Great tour and fabulous guide. Highly recommend!
Written September 4, 2018
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Ann Marie F
Middletown, CT15 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
I am lucky that I have family in Brooklyn thanks to my son's marrying a wonderful girl who lived here all her life. The views from the Brooklyn Promenade and the Brooklyn Bridge Bridge Park ate amazing. You can see not only the Statue of Liberty but
the World Trade Center and the Staten Island ferry. There are many charming brownstones to stroll by. Brooklyn Heights, Coble Hill and Carroll Gardens are the neighborhoods to visit. Plenty of charming parks and plenty of places to stop for a meal or snack. Parking can be tricky to find. I would suggest taking the subway. Inexpensive and safe stations in this area
Written August 27, 2018
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David K
Granby, United States23 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Walk the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood and you will forget that you are in one of the largest cities in the world. It is a charming, quiet residential neighborhood with terrific little bistros and shops along Henry Street. I highly recommend Henry's End restaurant. Also, Henry Public is a great neighborhood bar with some of the most talented bartenders you will ever meet. Great drinks and very friendly.
Written May 6, 2018
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Brooklyn, NY103 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
In a way Brooklyn Heights was the first suburb of New York City. At one time Brooklyn was a separate city, in fact if it still was it would be the 4th largest city in the US. If you've never seen one of these neighborhoods it is worth the trip. Lots of people walk over the Brooklyn Bridge and the neighborhood you exit into is Brooklyn Heights. It's most unique feature is the promenade. Which is a overhang that gives you unparalleled views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty, plus the Staten Island Ferry coming and going. It's main commercial street is Montague and it has some very nice shops and places to take a break.If you've seen the must sees this is a nice place to see how the well to do live in New York. There is street parking, but don't count on it.
Written September 6, 2017
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