A fabulous location and architectural elegance combine to give posh Brooklyn Heights a charming small-town feel. To appreciate this idyllic New York City neighborhood, stroll down a cobblestone street from the waterfront park and find a hidden courtyard lined with immaculately restored carriage houses. Architecture is paramount in this corner of the city. Every style, from mid-1800s row houses to early 20th century mansions, is represented in exquisitely maintained detail along the tree- and garden-lined streets. With the passage of the Landmarks Preservation Law of 1965, Brooklyn Heights became the first historic district in New York City; saving it from the misguided tastes and development of the era.
To Do, Eat and Buy
Brooklyn Bridge Park, spanning the entire length of the neighborhood along the bank of the East River and extending north to Dumbo, offers picture-perfect views of lower Manhattan from grassy lawns, piers, and promenades as well as sports facilities that include a new roller rink. On Sundays during the summer, Smorgasburg brings local and regional artisan food vendors to Pier 5. On summer evenings the park hosts outdoor concerts and movies.
The lifestyle here is upscale, yet relaxed. Commercial establishments are centered mainly on Montague Street. Cafés, restaurants, and wine bars cater to the neighborhood’s discerning clientele. High-end retail chains share blocks with local boutiques.
Pricey Digs and Class
Besides a very few luxury developments at its edges, housing stock is mainly single family or converted historic townhomes and mansions. Residents are mostly families and affluent professionals who can afford the hefty price tags, which rival the price of real estate in many Manhattan neighborhoods.
Commuting is a breeze by way of the many subway lines that pass through or are immediately adjacent to the area.