Nearby: DUMBO, Cobble Hill, Downtown Brooklyn
It took a man named Robert Fulton and his steam-powered ferry to put this neighborhood on the map in 1814. Known for the entrance to the iconic Brooklyn Bridge built and engineered by the Roebling family whiile living on Columbia Heights overlooking the East River ,when connected to Manhattan it was to become what historians have called “America’s first suburb”.
Brooklyn Heights features a wealth of conveniences, from fine dining like the River Cafe and fantastic shops and services . What makes the area stand out among its geographical peers is its dignified blend of historical sites, public spaces and breathtaking architecture. Now the famous Brooklyn Bridge Park leads Brooklyn with an innovative waterfront playground.
The Brooklyn Historical Society and the Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims(former pulpit of the famous Henry Ward Beecher) are two such pillars of history, the former existing in a four story Queen Anne building that’s a National Landmark itself. Tiffany windows abound in many of the area churches.
The Brooklyn Promenade and the Fulton Ferry Landing further the charm of the area, offering breathtaking views of lower Manhattan, the East River and the marvelous Brooklyn Bridge. Architecture buffs will appreciate this former fishing village for its number of flawlessly maintained buildings such as the area’s many nineteenth century brownstones, and the Greek revival and Italianate row houses of Cranberry, Hicks, Pierrepont and Willow Streets. What is also distinct to the area are the number of carriage houses that have been transformed into beautiful and desirable living quarters.
From a real estate perspective, living here is has been compared to living in Greenwich Village, Georgetown in DC or even parts of San Francisco-with more room to stretch out both inside and outside of your home. With so much to offer on so many levels, it’s easy to see why Brooklyn Heights is the neighborhood of choice for many discerning New Yorkers
Brooklyn Heights stretches from Old Fulton Street near the Brooklyn Bridge south to Atlantic Avenue and from the East River east to Court Street and Cadman Plaza. Adjacent neighborhoods are: Dumbo, Downtown Brooklyn, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill. It is directly across the East River from Manhattan.
Situated so close to Manhattan, Brooklyn Heights is serviced by numerous subway services, specifically the A, C, F, R, 2, 3, 4, and 5. In fact, Brooklyn Heights, along with the adjacent Downtown Brooklyn area, are served by more subway lines than just about any other area in New York City.
Area Description Provided by Sandra Dowling