EXPLORE BROOKLYN HEIGHTS

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For those seeking a slice of suburbia in city life, Brooklyn Heights reigns supreme. The idyllic neighborhood is defined by cobblestone streets, ivy-wrapped brownstones and waterside views. Largely affluent, Brooklyn Heights is often compared to Manhattan's Upper East Side, attracting many with its plentiful outdoor parks.

The neighborhood is renowned for the piers and plazas that comprise Brooklyn Bridge Park along the East River. Brooklyn Heights is as consistent as it is innovative, offering gorgeous views of Manhattan that won't ever change, as well as an ever-increasing influx of new infrastructure. With 85 acres of land along the waterfront, Brooklyn Bridge Park includes green space, waterside promenades, playgrounds, athletic fields, walking bridges, dog runs and picnic areas. The park also offers many seasonal attractions, including movie screenings, ferry rides and a carousel.

Brooklyn Heights steeps in culture, boasting The Heights Players, a community theater; The Brooklyn Historical Society, a center for sustained dialogue; Bargemusic, a floating chamber-music venue; and the New York Transit Museum. In the restaurant department, longstanding neighborhood favorites include Grimaldi's Pizzeria, Henry's End, The River Café and Montero's Bar and Grill.

Montague Street brims with Mom and Pop stores, and the neighborhood also boasts quaint staples like Two for Pot, a decades-old coffee and tea boutique, and Housing Works Thrift Shops, one of the city's most beloved non-profits. Adding to the area's ambiance are many religious institutions, such as St. Ann's Church, Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Cathedral, and Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims.

HISTORY

The area now known as Brooklyn Heights was originally home to the Lenape American Indians, who called the land Ihpetongha, or "the high sandy bank". As seen in other Brooklyn neighborhoods, the 17th century brought Dutch settlers to the area who used the area predominantly as farmland. Historically significant contributions that directly coincided with increased development in the area include the completions of the first ferry service in 1642, Robert Fulton's steam ferry service in 1814, the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883 and the Lexington Avenue subway line in 1908. In 1965, Brooklyn Heights became the first neighborhood protected under New York's Landmark Preservation Law – a feat that protected its architectural significance from further development.

A neighborhood deeply rooted in its historic landscape, Brooklyn Heights welcomes new development with an intent focus on honoring tradition. The redesign of The Brooklyn Trust Company Building is bringing modern loft-style living inside one of the borough's most historic landmarks. Likewise, the restoration of The Standish is bringing condominium living to another iconic early 20th century building. Continuing with the trend of new development, Pierhouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park reigns as the culmination of development along the waterfront, extending the park with townhome-style condominiums and sustainable design.

LANDSCAPE

The neighborhood is bounded by Old Fulton Street to the north, Atlantic Avenue to the south, Cadman Plaza West and Court Street to the east and the East River to the west. Landscape-wise, Brooklyn Heights boasts a distinct architectural presence. Though dominated by brownstone townhouses and row houses, the neighborhood also features many wood-frame and brick homes that offer a heightened sense of village living. The architectural style includes Gothic Revival and 19th century American mansions, and many homes include courtyards or side gardens – all for a picture-perfect product that correlates with the heftier pricing of the area.

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