Get a glimpse into Brooklyn's history in tony Brooklyn Heights, the perfect first stop on a tour of the borough's characterful neighborhoods. Much of the neighborhood belongs to the Brooklyn Heights Historic District—the first such district established in the city—which has preserved its architecture. In addition to visiting Brooklyn Bridge Park, drop by the Brooklyn Historical Society, experience the New York Transit Museum, and follow locals to the many top-tier restaurants found on Henry Street.
There are numerous options for exploring Brooklyn Heights. Go on a private walking tour to wander its historic streets, book a food tour to discover the neighborhood’s culinary highlights, or cycle along the area’s parks and promenades.
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Things to Know Before You Go
Brooklyn Heights has long been home to movers and shakers; Marilyn Monroe, Truman Capote, W.E.B. DuBois, and other notables have all resided in the area.
Seek out Sahadi’s on Atlantic Avenue: The longstanding, James Beard Award-winning, Middle Eastern grocery store is a neighborhood classic.
Home to hundreds of pre-Civil War buildings, Brooklyn Heights is perfect for architecture enthusiasts.
Be sure to walk the narrow “Fruit Streets”—Orange, Cranberry, and Pineapple—on the north end of the neighborhood.
How to Get There
Brooklyn Heights is served by multiple subway lines. Take the A, C to High Street – Brooklyn Bridge, the 2, 3 to Clark Street, the N, R, W to Court Street, or the 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall. The neighborhood can also be reached by ferry, bus, bike, or on foot.
When to Get There
Brooklyn Heights is an attractive destination year-round. If you can, time your visit for good weather as the neighborhood highlights, from the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade to its brownstone-lined streets, are best appreciated on foot.
Annual Events in Brooklyn Heights
There are plenty of noteworthy neighborhood events that draw locals and visitors throughout the year. The Brooklyn Heights waterfront offers exceptional views of the East River fireworks on the Fourth of July, while the Movies with a View event series brings visitors to Brooklyn Bridge Park in summer. Look out for Atlantic Antic (Brooklyn’s oldest and largest street festival, held every September) and the Brooklyn Book Festival (another annual autumn highlight).
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