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Brooklyn Heights Neighborhood Guide

The well-defined Brooklyn Heights is bounded by Old Fulton Street near the Brooklyn Bridge on the north, Atlantic Avenue to the south, Cadman Plaza West on the East, and the East River to the west.

Just one subway-stop from Manhattan this gorgeous and peaceful neighborhood of tree-lined cobblestone streets and impressive brownstone row houses is a wanderer’s dream neighborhood with an abundance of historic churches and varied architecture ranging from Romanesque Revival to Federal brick homes to adorable carriage houses. Brooklyn Heights Promenade along the East River means you’ll have stellar views of the Manhattan skyline and beyond. The slower pace draws families to the residential area and means that while there is some nightlife, you won’t find a raucus party life.

A Great Place To Stay or Visit if

  • You like it quiet. Limited nightlife.
  • You want easy access to public transportation. The Subway Station at Borough Hall is a major hub with service to the 2,3,4,5, N and R lines. The 2 and 3 lines stop on Clark St. and buses include B26, B69, B57, B63 and B61. You can also take the New York Water Taxi to Pier 16 in Manhattan.
  • You love to wander and stroll. You’ve got the gorgeous neighborhoods plus the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and all of Brooklyn Bridge Park along the waterfront.
  • Safety is of utmost importance. Families and young professionals have been moving in rapidly over the past several years.
  • You’re traveling with children. Pier 6 has the playground to beat all others and is a destination itself with a Sandbox Village, Tarzan Swing, Slide Mountain with 2-story slides, a Marsh Garden, and best of all in the summer, a water-jet field and water channels. Piers 1 and 5 also have awesome playgrounds.

Brooklyn Heights Attractions

  • New York Transit Museum at Schermerhorn and Boerum Place for enthusiasts of old-time NYC.
  • Brooklyn Historical Society – Housed in an historic landmark building with a stained-glass skylight and a wood columned library at 126 Pierrepont St.
  • The Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims has a storied past with such notables as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • The Heights Players is Brooklyn’s oldest self-sustaining theater for the community.
  • City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus at the corner of Old Fulton and Prospect Streets – Takes you on a tour of Brooklyn as well as into Manhattan. Catch it at the Fulton Ferry Landing with excellent views of Brooklyn Bridge. Hang out on the landing while enjoying Luke’s Lobster Rolls.

Brooklyn Heights Highlights

  • Landscaped walkways of waterfront Brooklyn Bridge Park and Promenade are to the far western edge of the Heights, right along the East River.
  • Cobblestone streets and Brownstone row houses are so picturesque. Lots of photo ops.
  • Spectacular views of Manhattan skyline, Governor’s Island, Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges across the East River.

Brooklyn Heights Shopping

  • Two for the Pot is a cozy boutique close to the Cobble Hill neighborhood that’s been in business for four decades. You’ll find dozens of coffees and loose-leaf teas, exotic spices, candies, and a lot of British staples.
  • Montague Street – Bustling with lots of mom-and-pop shops as well as restaurants and fabulous architecture

Brooklyn Heights Eateries

  • Montero’s Bar and Grill, 73 Atlantic Ave. This gritty bar is marked by a neon sign and a curved glass wall. Neighborhood regulars play pool on an old table and spirited karaoke happens on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
  • Henry’s End, 44 Henry Street. Refined dining is low-key with a dinner menu that includes mustard-seed-crusted tuna, steak au poivre, and blackened lamb sirloin.
  • Noodle Pudding, 38 Henry Street. Cash only, with reasonable prices, serves traditional Italian fare. Fresh loaves of ciabatta dipped in olive oil, tomatoes and parsley is reason enough to go here.
  • Sahadi’s, 187 Atlantic Ave. This is a NYC foodie institution selling food from around the world and it’s more of a grocery store, but there is a great selection of prepared foods at the deli counter, such as spinach pie, mujadara (a cold salad made with lentils, rice and fried onions,) tzatziki, and some of the best hummus in the city.
  • Jack the Horse Tavern, 66 Hicks St. This is where to go for the super-popular brunch of buttermilk pancakes and pork hash on the weekends. During the week, enjoy the quintessentially Brooklyn Heights vibe while dining on dressed up burgers or Maine mussels.
  • Chez Moi, 135 Atlantic Ave. This homey bistro serves classic French food. Crème Brulee or Chocolate Mousse make great desserts, and you can linger in the downstairs basement bar for live music.
  • Henry Street Ale House, 62 Henry Street. A large draft list and pub eats make this a great stop-in place as you wander the neighborhood. Unassuming, casual, relaxed, and friendly.

Places to Stay

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