Brooklyn Heights
Brooklyn Heights
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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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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California15,880 contributions
    Wealthy Neighborhood
    This neighborhood is next to the area where we stayed so we were here frequently to dine, to buy some wine, and to take a long walk on the Promenade. This has always been a classy area, home to writers, artists and wealthy people who commute into Manhattan. You will find the spectacular Promenade here.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 10, 2023
  • MsCasualTravelor
    Hartford, Connecticut620 contributions
    Love walking around Brooklyn Heights
    I've visited here a few times now, and love the area. Lots of families live here, and everyone is friendly and helpful. The Promenade is gorgeous - you can see the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade, the Jenga building, Brooklyn Bridge (of course), Manhattan Bridge, even the Empire State building. And most days there is a photo shoot (think wedding, engagement, even catalog shoots).
    Visited August 2022
    Written December 3, 2022
  • christopherbO9687MP
    Acton, Massachusetts645 contributions
    Historic upscale neighborhood with great views of lower Manhattan
    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.
    Visited May 2021
    Written May 24, 2021
  • bfltd0
    London, United Kingdom668 contributions
    Love these historic areas
    After walking across Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan, we wandered around this historic area. Lots of nice old houses, mainly turned into apartments now, but definitely des res land. And the view from the easily accessible promenade over to Manhattan is just superb. As luck would have it, there was some filming going on by Apple TV on a new series - we engaged one of the extras in conversation and, judging by his clothes, I correctly guessed it is set in the 1970s. Couldn't quite catch the name of the series, but we don't get Apple TV anyway. There were a couple of stunning buildings - one of which seemed to have an Italian palazzo stuck on the top floor. On enquiring, it turned out be a former hotel now kitted out as a senior living accommodation - a very posh old people's home! The other turned out to be student accommodation! All I can say is lucky young and old people! We bought a sandwich and a drink from a local deli and ate on the promenade in the sunshine before resuming our exploration of Brooklyn. Perfect.
    Visited May 2022
    Written May 10, 2022
  • Rschagrin
    Delray Beach, Florida15,673 contributions
    Nice Area.
    Stayed at the Marriott Brooklyn Bridge in the heart of Brooklyn Heights. Home of Boro Hall , courts and many government buildings. Tried to find the Promenade but never found it. Lots of nice restaurants.
    Visited September 2022
    Written September 22, 2022
  • Anonymous855
    1,670 contributions
    Fun, historic area to walk!
    I generally plan everything but we found ourselves in this area and really enjoyed the homes, the signs for the upcoming Block party and the local businesses. I would absolutely consider living here. Wander a bit to find gems
    Visited September 2022
    Written October 11, 2022
  • bkramer947
    396 contributions
    Fantastic neighborhood to roam through and explore
    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.
    Visited April 2014
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 19, 2014
  • NewerReviewer
    59 contributions
    Some hustle, little bustle.
    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.
    Visited March 2012
    Written March 7, 2012
  • Margaret H
    New York City, New York73 contributions
    Brooklyn's Early History preserved in it's architecture of homes and churches
    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.
    Visited September 2013
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 14, 2013
  • PaulieDEE
    Spartanburg, South Carolina86 contributions
    Wonderful Neighborhood
    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!!!
    Visited September 2015
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2015
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA15,880 contributions
May 2023
This neighborhood is next to the area where we stayed so we were here frequently to dine, to buy some wine, and to take a long walk on the Promenade. This has always been a classy area, home to writers, artists and wealthy people who commute into Manhattan. You will find the spectacular Promenade here.
Written June 11, 2023
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MsCasualTravelor
Hartford, CT620 contributions
Aug 2022
I've visited here a few times now, and love the area. Lots of families live here, and everyone is friendly and helpful. The Promenade is gorgeous - you can see the Statue of Liberty, One World Trade, the Jenga building, Brooklyn Bridge (of course), Manhattan Bridge, even the Empire State building. And most days there is a photo shoot (think wedding, engagement, even catalog shoots).
Written December 3, 2022
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Anonymous855
Trabuco Canyon, California1,670 contributions
Sep 2022
I generally plan everything but we found ourselves in this area and really enjoyed the homes, the signs for the upcoming Block party and the local businesses. I would absolutely consider living here. Wander a bit to find gems
Written October 11, 2022
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Rschagrin
Delray Beach, FL15,673 contributions
Sep 2022
Stayed at the Marriott Brooklyn Bridge in the heart of Brooklyn Heights. Home of Boro Hall , courts and many government buildings. Tried to find the Promenade but never found it.

Lots of nice restaurants.
Written September 22, 2022
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bfltd0
London, UK668 contributions
May 2022
After walking across Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan, we wandered around this historic area. Lots of nice old houses, mainly turned into apartments now, but definitely des res land.

And the view from the easily accessible promenade over to Manhattan is just superb.

As luck would have it, there was some filming going on by Apple TV on a new series - we engaged one of the extras in conversation and, judging by his clothes, I correctly guessed it is set in the 1970s. Couldn't quite catch the name of the series, but we don't get Apple TV anyway.

There were a couple of stunning buildings - one of which seemed to have an Italian palazzo stuck on the top floor. On enquiring, it turned out be a former hotel now kitted out as a senior living accommodation - a very posh old people's home!

The other turned out to be student accommodation!

All I can say is lucky young and old people!

We bought a sandwich and a drink from a local deli and ate on the promenade in the sunshine before resuming our exploration of Brooklyn.

Perfect.
Written May 10, 2022
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BarryandJackie
Berkeley, CA1,085 contributions
Mar 2022
Even on one's own but even better with some guide to provide some historical perspectives. Quiet and charming.
Written March 5, 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA15,880 contributions
Oct 2021
This is probably the most pretty neighborhood in Brooklyn and has long been the home of important people like Truman Capote. Some very grand apartment houses, but also lots of brownstones. And then there is the sublime promenade...
Written November 21, 2021
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christopherbO9687MP
Acton, MA645 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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Stefanie H
Lincoln, NE1,591 contributions
Nov 2019
We really like this very walkable area of Brooklyn, with its beautiful houses and shops. It is so pleasant to poke around and take in the sights, while having a great view of Manhattan across the river.
Written December 27, 2019
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ST23
Meridian, ID461 contributions
Dec 2019
Spent a morning walking the streets of this lovely neighborhood. Beautiful brownstones, playgrounds tucked in to the corners of streets, parents out with their babies in strollers. Interesting shops, beautiful old churches. Quiet, clean. A delight for the senses!
Written December 26, 2019
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