The streets of Brooklyn Heights are lined with elegant Brownstones, and expensive and exclusive real estate. Amidst it all is the Pilgrim Chuch, in whose courtyard garden were a lineup of prams and scooters arrayed in front of the statue of Henry Ward Beecher. As the streets
You can reach it from the Brooklyn High Street subway station, heading toward the river. Keep the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge on your right.
You will soon reach the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, suspended above the Brooklyn - Queens Expressway and providing wide views of Lower Manhattan. The promenade is the preserve of morning walkers, some brave joggers and crowds of nannies, pushing their charges in high end prams and gathering for morning nanny conferences.
There are park benches to sit on, and to enjoy what breezes there are to feel.
We got the subway over to Brooklyn so we could admire the views from Brooklyn Heights. Coming here is a bit like being in a different world - A world where people actually live and conduct their daily lives, in comparrison Manhattan feels a bit like being on a film set!
We went to enjoy the lovely views of the city and they are spectacular and certainly worth venturing across the river to enjoy. We visited when it was a glorious sunny day but I would imagine it would be wonderful in the evenings with all the lights of the city.
If you ask me (and probably a lot of other people), Brooklyn Heights is the nicest neighbourhood in all of Brooklyn, and the best part is that it's easily accessible by subway or by crossing the Brooklyn Bridge. The architecture in this area is beautiful and it's been preserved thanks to efforts put into place in the 1960s to have the area designated as a National Historic Landmark. Over the years, the tranquility of Brooklyn Heights has attracted a great number of artists and many famous residents, including writers Norman Mailer, Truman Capote and Arthur Miller, singer Bob Dylan, and actors Paul Giamatti and Gabriel Byrne, just to name a few. It's the kind of place that makes you want to slowly stroll around the quiet streets, perhaps stopping for drinks or dinner at one of the numerous restaurants offering outdoor seating, before heading down to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade to enjoy the view of Manhattan at dusk. Although it doesn't offer to same kind of casual, bohemian atmosphere Greenwich Village does, I thought it was the perfect place to go for a romantic evening in the city.
After walking across the Brooklyn Bridge- explore the wonderful picturesque area that is Brooklyn Heights.
Once an upper class suburb where the wealthy lived, Brooklyn Heights is now a chic, trendy but unpretentious neighborhood.
The neighborhood has many brightly painted rowhouses and and grand mansions. The architectural styles are eclectic, and include a few Federal-style houses from the early 19th century in the north neighborhood. Gothic Style houses and Italianate brownstones are surrounded by neatly manicured lawns. The mansions are authentic, because Brooklyn Heights was the first neighborhood to fall under the protection of the Landmark Preservation Law in 1965. Another landmark is the Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims.
Brooklyn Heights has a wonderful promenade, with a perfect view of New York's skyline. We spent hours strolling up and down, admiring the view. I also much admired the many species of trees growing everywhere. Who remembers the book "A Tree grows in Brooklyn"?
We also found St Annes Church, a magnificent gothic building, where Marianne Faithfull famously did a live recording of an album. The stained-glass windows were awesome.
For anyone interested in Marianne here is the link filmed in
Of course, Brooklyn Heights has an ample share coffee-shops and side-walk cafes, where we had a great lunch. I do recommend this area as a place to see in New York
For the best view of Downtown on land I suggest you do this on one of your first days in NY. Get the green subway line 2, 3, 4 or 5 across to Brooklyn Heights (Borough Hall) then walk down Montague Street. Using the subway instead of cab will prevent you looking over your shoulder as you cross Brooklyn Bridge... and ruining the impact.
At the end of the street, Brooklyn Heights Esplanade will lead you back to DUMBO, with a fantastic near replica view of the New York, New York Hotel in Las Vegas on your left.
Ok, its not perfect as Liberty is a little too far away and the buildings are spread out too much, but theyve tried their best to recreate it as authentically as possible.
Come just before lunch to sample the pizza at Grimaldis, or if youre feeling flush, the expensive (but rather shabby looking from the outside) River Cafe.
This Promenade is located in Brooklyn Heights. You’ll have a fantastic view of the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City Skyline, the Harbor and even South Street Seaport. Stroll along the Promenade or just sit on any of the benches to enjoy the view, like we did. The view is amazing.
Especially magnificent at sunset!
It is said that, to have a magnificent view of Manhattan, you need to get out of Manhattan. And indeed, on the Brooklyn side of the water, you have one of the best views! It's great checking out all of the tall buildings.
People living on the Promenade, must have one of the best views in the world, and probably one of the highest rents too :-))
After crossing the bridge, don't just turn around and go back to Manhatten. The river bank below the bridge on this side offers fantastic views of Lower Manhatten. Head into the little streets around the bridge (Cranberry/Pineapple etc) for fabulous residential brownstones and their literary connections (Auden, Capote, Arthur Miller, Whitman, Beecher Stowe, Mailer). You will also continue to get wonderful views of the river.
Take the subway to Brooklyn. Walk around brooklyn heights. It's everything that Manhattan is not. Small town feel, small town looks. it's like an old movie. Find your way to the Promenade and gaze at the wonder of the still incredible skyline. For extra added romance, walk back to Mahattan on the Brooklyn Bridge.
I just liked this part of the town! Can´t say what it was, maybe the houses with those little stairs in front of! Maybe the area itself! Or the many cafes and shops on the way.... I think it has been a mixture of all of it! I lived here at the George Hotel and so it was my home for a short periode... It was horrible to find a parking for your car ;))
See the city at night from one of the countless high rises or catch your night view of the city from Brooklyn Heights.
Just sit and enjoy the view like I did. You'll have an amazing view of the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City Skyline, and the Harbor.