Brooklyn Heights

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Martí Micolau
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Index

  • Where it is
  • To see
  • Video walk in Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo and Brooklyn Bridge
  • Dormire a Brooklyn Heights
  • Where to eat
  • Shopping
  • The streets with the names of the fruits
  • Other curiosities

The small neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights it is an ancient residential area of ​​high historical and cultural value.

It is located immediately south of the Brooklyn Bridge, along the banks of the East River, and along with DUMBO and Williamsburg is one of the most visited neighborhoods in the borough of Brooklyn.



What does it look like? Quiet and welcoming, with narrow streets (some also cobbled), tree-lined avenues and the famous red sandstone houses, "brownstones".

Mostly built in the period before the civil war, and often embellished with terracotta decorations, these buildings are about 600 and much of the charm of the neighborhood derives from their presence.

Since 1965 Brooklyn Heights has also been a New York landmark designated by the Landmarks Preservation Law (and was the first neighborhood in the Big Apple to be awarded this prestigious title).

Where it is

The district is delimited

  • from Old Fulton Street near the Brooklyn Bridge to the north
  • gives Cadman Plaza West to east
  • from Atlantic Avenue to south
  • dall’East River e dalla Brooklyn-Queens Expressway a ovest

It borders the DUMBO neighborhood to the north, Downtown Brooklyn to the east, and Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill to the south.

To see

Despite its small size, Brooklyn Heights has several noteworthy attractions.



Brooklyn Heights Promenade

In other words, an open window to the Big Apple!

This suggestive route consists in fact in one elevated walk on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, reserved for pedestrians and bicycles, from which you can enjoy one wonderful view over Lower Manhattan.

557 meters long, the Promenade is dotted with benches where you will surely want to sit for a while and admire the view. You will see skyscrapers, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty, which is also there waiting for you right now.

Thanks to the presence of play areas in the area, the Promenade will also appeal to children.

To reach it, the nearest underground stop is Clark Street, lines 2 and 3.

During your walk on the Promenade you will encounter gardens, viewpoints and the different piers from which ferries and water taxis leave for Manhattan.

The modern Pier 1 stands out in particular, with large lawns, a playground on the northern side and tree-lined avenues surrounding it.

The most suitable (and romantic) moments for a stroll along the Promenade? The hours of sunset, or those of dawn.

By the way, since so many New York attractions are more beautiful when the sun is going to sleep (for example, Top of The Rock, Empire State Building, 9/11 Memorial, and so on) it's a real shame that in the Big Apple there are no more sunsets in the same day.


Do you agree?

Plymouth Church of Pilgrims

At 57 Orange Street, between Henry and Hicks Streets, is this historic church surrounded by greenery, which was a pivotal location for the pre-Civil War abolition of slavery movement.


This was largely thanks to the work of Henry Ward Beecher, a famous minister and preacher, appointed pastor of the church in 1947, who was also an advocate of universal suffrage and Darwin's theory of evolution.

Beecher's sister, Harriet Seecher Stowe, was also a fervent abolitionist: hers is the famous novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin".

In the 19th century, runaway slaves seeking to reach the free states found refuge in this church, and Mark Twain and Martin Luther King prayed as well. Abraham Lincoln himself went there twice.

FDNY Engine 205/Ladder 118

Passing in front of this fire station, at 74 Middagh Street, you want to stop for a moment and give a thought to the firefighters who lost their lives in the attacks of 11 September 2001.

The men of this barracks, in particular, were among the first to be called to help and unfortunately they never returned home.

St. Ann’s and the Holy Trinity Church

A historic Episcopal church, now the center of the area's spiritual life, located on the corner of Montague Street and Clinton Street, in a building dating back to 1847.


Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987, it houses the first figurative stained glass windows made in the United States by William Jay Bolton, who was helped by his brother, John Bolton.

When to admire them? The colors are particularly vivid in the afternoon when the light shines through the windows.

One of the church's stained glass windows, about 6 meters by 3 meters large, was also exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (“The Met”), in the American wing.


The wooden building at 24 Middagh Street

This typical Federal-style home is one of the oldest in Brooklyn Heights.

Built between 1790 and 1829, it seems that it was originally a tavern. Since she is not anymore, seeing her you can only toast with your imagination to her longevity!

Brooklyn Historical Society

The Brooklyn Historical Society began in 1863 as a cultural center for civic dialogue and awareness of the Brooklyn community.

It is housed in a rust-colored historic building with terracotta decorations, at 128 Pierrepont Street (a street that will delight red brick lovers, as here they follow each other and are more beautiful than the other).

It also has another location in DUMBO (55 Water Street).

This museum preserves a large amount of documents relating to the birth and development of the district, is organized with a permanent exhibition and a rich calendar of temporary exhibitions that trace the different aspects of the history of Brooklyn.

This institution is a must visit if you are passionate about the Brooklyn area!

If, on the other hand, for the moment you are travelers "at a table", that is, you are still waiting for the right opportunity to go and conquer New York and Brooklyn, you can still start seeing the interesting online exhibitions of the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Truman Capote's house on Willow Street

At 70 Willow Street there is a luxurious yellow house where the American writer Truman Capote lived, who right here wrote the famous novel “Tiffany's Breakfast” (which later became the film with Audrey Hepburn in 1961).

Not only that: within these walls Capote wrote other works, from short stories to screenplays, and organized big parties!

In fact, the house lent itself well to being lived in, with its 900 square meters, its 11 bedrooms (each with a fireplace), seven bathrooms, a wine cellar, a living room, a large staircase and a garden.

Are you curious to know even more? You could read the book "A House in the Heights" (which has also been translated into Spanish, with the title "A house in Brooklyn Heights"), which Capote wrote to tell about his life in that building and in the Brooklyn neighborhood. Heights.

On Willow Street, however, don't just have eyes for the yellow house of Truman Capote: there are also many other buildings to see, made with the unmistakable red brick.

Hotel St George

This historic hotel is located at 100 Henry Street and was once the largest in New York.

It comprises several buildings, most of them original, built between 1885 and 1929. Currently, the hotel is used as accommodation for over 1.400 students.

Many have frequented the Hotel St George from its birth to today.
In particular, sportsmen and stars of the entertainment world, who loved having fun in its dance halls.

In the second half of the XNUMXs, however, political prisoners exiled from Chile stayed here.

And the famous scene from the 1972 film The Godfather, in which Peter Clemenza claims that Luca Brasi sleeps with fish, was filmed in this hotel.

Video walk in Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo and Brooklyn Bridge

Dormire a Brooklyn Heights

Staying in this Brooklyn neighborhood you may find yourself spending more than in some Manhattan hotels!

For example, take a look at the rates at the very luxurious 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, a fantastic hotel, but very expensive indeed.

The same goes for private apartments, for example this one.

If you still want to sleep in Brooklyn, but without spending too much money, consider hotels in other areas of the district.

Recommended hotels in Brooklyn on Booking.com

Where to eat

In Brooklyn, you can eat well, and in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood you will find confirmation.

Most of the dining options are concentrated on Montague Street.

Here are some suggestions:

River Deli Restaurant. This Spanish cuisine restaurant specializes in Sardinian dishes and the prices are reasonable. What will “Malloreddus alla Campidanese a Brooklyn” taste like? Address: 32 Joralemon Street.

Lantern. A Thai restaurant specializing in the gastronomic proposals of Southeast Asia, but which also incorporates ingredients and preparations from all over the world into its dishes. Address: 101 Montague Street.

Starbucks addicted? Make a stop at 134 Montague Street.

Chipotle Mexican Grill is a Mexican restaurant of the chain of the same name, particularly sensitive to the quality of its ingredients and their origin. You can find it at 185 Montague Street.

Dellarocco's, for a good Spanish pizza. Address: 214 Hicks Street.

Brooklyn Heights Wine Bar & Kitchen. An eclectic place, for real meals (the hamburger is one of its strong points), simple snacks, and to enjoy good wine and cocktails. Address: 50 Henry Street.

Hanco’s, Vietnamese restaurant serving typical dishes such as Vietnamese sandwiches, banh mi (a kind of stuffed baguette) and noodle soup. Address: 147 Montague Street.

Gregorys Coffee. This coffee shop, with over 30 locations between New York and Washington DC, aims to offer the perfect coffee. Could it be true? To check it, stop at 16 Court Street, choose from the many options (from American coffee to espresso) and on the occasion, also enjoy some sweet or savory snacks.

Saketumi. An Asian bistro with a wide choice. Address: 118 Montague Street.

Shopping

Brooklyn Heights is a neighborhood where you can shop but not low cost!

The shopping street is Montague Street, the main street where the dining options are also concentrated.

Other shops can be found here and there around the neighborhood.

Some useful references:

  • LOFT (women's clothing). 125 Montague Street.
  • Kiehl’s Since 1851 (cosmetics). 124 Montague Street.
  • Tango (women's clothing). 145 Montague Street.
  • Montague Wine & Spirits (wines and spirits). 78 Montague Street.
  • francesca's (women's clothing). 152 Montague Street.
  • Bentley’s Shoes (shoes). 144 Montague Street.
  • Pearle Vision (glasses): 154 Montague Street.
  • Brooklyn Women’s Exchange Inc (women's clothing and gift items). 55 Pierrepont Street.
  • Rosanne Pugliese (jewels). 307 Henry Street.
  • Collyer’s Mansion (jewelry, textiles, household items and furniture from all over the world). 179 Atlantic Avenue.
  • Goose Barnacle (men's clothing). 91 Atlantic Avenue.
  • IT’SUGAR Brooklyn Heights Plaza (candies, sweets, witty gifts). 210 Joralemon Street.

The streets with the names of the fruits

While strolling through Brooklyn Heights, you may come across some streets with curious names:

  • Cranberry Street
  • Orange Street
  • Pineapple Street

Blueberry, orange, pineapple: why the streets bear the names of the fruits?

There are two possible explanations.

According to the first, a resident of the area, Lady Middagh, would have rebelled against the classic high-sounding street names, at the time named after her obnoxious and wealthy neighbors.

He would then remove the related road signs overnight, replacing them with new signs dedicated to his favorite fruit. According to the story, the original signs were restored but the lady without losing heart replaced them again, until she got the better of them.

According to the second explanation, more likely but less amusing, the streets would have been "baptized" with the names of the fruit in 1820 by the Hicks brothers, John and Jacob, local landowners and sellers of exotic fruit.

Brooklyn Heights also has Poplar Street and Willow Street (Poplar Street and Willow Street).

Other curiosities

  • The neighborhood is so called because of its slight heights ("Heights").
  • Brooklyn Heights has been home to artists and writers such as Salvador Dalì, Richard Wright, HP Lovecraft and Truman Capote.
  • Bob Dylan mentions the main street, Montague Street in his 1975 track "Tangled Up in Blue".
  • The neighborhood has been the set of films and TV series, such as 1988's Moon Haunted, 1977's Annie and Me (some will remember the bench scene on the Promenade), The Patty Duke Show, from the 1984s and The Robinsons (“The Cosby Show "), a telefilm made between 1992 and XNUMX.

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