Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Heights

This neighbourhood is located just across the Brooklyn Bridge on the East River waterfront. With its tree-lined streets, historic churches and popular Promenade offering stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, Brooklyn Heights feels like its own village while being just a ten-minute subway ride from downtown Manhattan.

Brooklyn Heights in New York City

Things to See & Do

The Promenade is the perfect place to start when visiting this neighbourhood. Stretching a third of a mile above the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, it offers spectacular views of the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge, lower Manhattan and the South Street Seaport. The foot of the Brooklyn Bridge can be reached off the northern end of the Promenade.

The main street in Brooklyn Heights is Montague Street where there are plenty of shops and cafes. Other attractions include the Brooklyn Historical Society on Pierrepont Street, which offers free self-guided walking tour brochures that point out the many historic architectural highlights in the area, and the Rotunda Gallery on Clinton Street showcasing contemporary art exhibitions.

Landmark Buildings

Architecture buffs will enjoy a stroll around historic Brooklyn Heights. The area is home to hundreds of historic houses built pre-1860 representing a broad range of architectural styles. There are also several landmark churches including Plymouth Church where abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher protested slavery in the 19th century.

Visiting Brooklyn Heights in New York City

Famous Residents

Many notable people have made Brooklyn Heights their home, from literary legends to Hollywood stars. Writers W.H. Auden, Arthur Miller and Walt Whitman all lived here as did Truman Capote and Thomas Wolfe. Celebrities such as Paul Giamatti, Mary Tyler Moore and Jennifer Connelly have also resided in the area, which was the setting for the 1980s sitcom The Cosby Show.

Visiting Brooklyn Heights in New York City

Brooklyn Heights is easily accessed by several subway lines from Manhattan. For more information on navigating Brooklyn visit the Brooklyn Tourism website.

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