Brooklyn Heights is the gateway to Brooklyn, often the first stop for Manhattan ex-pats. Simply a walk or single stop across the water with bragging rights of arguably the best view of the Manhattan Skyline. It 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.
It took a man named Robert Fulton and his steam-powered ferry to put this neighborhood on the map in 1814. Brooklyn Heights is known for the entrance to the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. The Brooklyn Bridge was built and engineered by the Roebling family while they lived on Columbia Heights overlooking the East River. When the Brooklyn Bridge was connected to Manhattan it become what historians call "America's first suburb".
Brooklyn Heights features many conveniences. Enjoy fine dining at the soon to be restored River Cafe, music venues at Barge Music, great shopping and all types of neighborhood services. What makes the neighborhood stand out, among its geographical peers, is its dignified blend of historical sites, public spaces and breathtaking architecture. Brooklyn Bridge Park is anchored by several entrances in Brooklyn Heights and leads Brooklyn with an innovative waterfront playground.
The Brooklyn Historical Society is a National Landmark and is located in a four story Queen Anne Building and the Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims (former pulpit of the famous Henry Ward Beecher) are both pillars of history.
The Brooklyn Promenade and the Fulton Ferry Landing further the charm of the area, offering breathtaking views of lower Manhattan, the East River and 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 in Brooklyn Heights has been compared to living in Greenwich Village, Georgetown in DC, or even parts of San Francisco - with more room than Manhattan to stretch out both inside and outside of your home. With so much to offer on so many levels, it is easy to see why Brooklyn Heights is the neighborhood of choice for many discerning New Yorkers.
Situated so close to Manhattan, Brooklyn Heights is serviced by numerous subway lines: 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. The bigger plus is that work and play are just a walk or bike ride across the Brooklyn Bridge.