Welcome to Brooklyn Heights
Beautiful historic homes and stunning Manhattan views
Brooklyn Heights is a family-friendly neighborhood nestled across the East River from Manhattan at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade run alongside the river, offering lots of recreational amenities and stunning views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan.
Brooklyn Heights is known for its collection of beautiful historic brownstones dating back to the early 19th Century. The neighborhood features leafy streets lined with pretty rowhouses and mansions built in eclectic architectural styles. These styles include gorgeous examples of Federal, Greek Revival, Italiante, Romanesque, and Victorian Gothic homes. Brooklyn Heights has 684 homes built before the Civil War, which is the largest concentration of such properties in the entire United States. In the 1950s, Brooklyn Heights became the first area of New York City to be listed as a National Historic District, protecting the neighborhood’s captivating historic charm.
What to Love
- Breathtaking views of East River and the Manhattan skyline
- Historic buildings that add a one-of-a-kind atmosphere
- Relaxing at Brooklyn Bridge Park and Brooklyn Heights Promenade
With a handful of exceptions, buildings in Brooklyn Heights rarely exceed five stories in size. This gives the neighborhood the inviting feel of an established residential community. Wealthy residents began arriving in Brooklyn Heights in the early 19th Century, viewing this early Manhattan suburb as a laidback retreat from the bustle across the East River. Truman Capote was living in a Greek Revival townhouse when he wrote Breakfast at Tiffany’s in the 1950s. Capote also wrote Brooklyn Heights: A Personal Memoir during his time here, beginning his essay with the memorable line “I live in Brooklyn. By choice.” These words from one of NYC’s most quintessential writers encapsulate this unique neighborhood’s timeless appeal. Brooklyn Heights remains one of the most desirable and beautiful neighborhoods in any of the five boroughs.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Brooklyn Heights’ air of historic refinement extends to its shops and restaurants with many long-standing favorites lining the main drags on Montague Avenue, Hicks Street, Henry Street, and Atlantic Avenue. The upscale family-owned womenswear boutique Tango
has been outfitting fashionable Brooklyn residents since the 1970s. It remains at the forefront of contemporary fashion, stocking labels such as Max Mara, Judith & Charles, and Theory.
The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange
first opened on Pierrepoint Street in 1854 and continues to sell an enchanting selection of unique handcrafted gifts and home items from Brooklyn-based artisans and craftspeople. Henry’s End
is the most iconic restaurant in the neighborhood. This stalwart of Henry Street serves a mouthwatering menu of meat-centric dishes including many vintage wild game specialties.
More recent additions to the eclectic Brooklyn Heights dining scene include Colonie
for seasonal Italian-influenced American fare, Boutros
for inventive Middle Eastern cuisine, and Chez Moi
for sophisticated French bistro dining. On the waterfront, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s dining options include delicious Neapolitan pizza at Fornino
and seafood paired with cocktails at the seasonal floating oyster bar Pilot
. You can also sample scrumptious ice cream scoops from Ample Hills Creamery
Things to Do
Brooklyn Heights’ stunning stretch of East River waterfront offers unbeatable views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. Brooklyn Heights Promenade
is a great place to stroll or sit and take in the views. Brooklyn Bridge Park
covers an area of 85 acres with 1.3 miles of East River frontage. Along with picturesque views of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge, this large public park features a wealth of recreational amenities. These amenities include an outdoor bouldering wall, handball courts, sand volleyball courts, turf soccer fields, a roller-skating rink, and six playgrounds packed with fun things for kids. Jane’s Carousel
is a vintage carousel at Brooklyn Bridge Park which was built in the 1920s. You can also head to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse
to enjoy a free kayaking session on the East River. Away from the waterfront, Brooklyn Heights’ attractions include a rich collection of historical documents at the striking 1870s Center for Brooklyn History
. Along Brooklyn Heights’ western boundary with Downtown Brooklyn, Cadman Plaza Park
offers a gorgeous space for dog walking and relaxation.
Brooklyn Heights is served by the New York City Department of Education. A few of the area’s stand-out educational opportunities include:
- Saint Ann’s School, Private, K-12.
- The Packer Collegiate Institute, Private, PK-12.
- Brooklyn Law School
- St. Francis College