In this neighborhood, where a pre-war building still counts as a new arrival, full-frame houses and co-ops prevail. Some newer properties combine modern amenities and style inside historic edifices, but for the most part, homes in Brooklyn Heights tend to come either in brownstone townhouses or co-op apartment buildings. Doorman service, storage rooms, and other perks abound at the latter, and while Brooklyn Heights is roundly considered a very desirable neighborhood, prices here can vary from the stratospheric to the surprisingly affordable.
As with nearby Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights is situated near a bevy of transit options. On most lines, Manhattan is only a stop away: A and C trains stop at High Street; 2 and 3 trains stop at Clark Street; and N, R, and W trains stop at Court Street, making Midtown commutes easy. Borough Hall offers access to the 4, 5, and F trains, and the Long Island Rail Road is just outside the neighborhood at Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center. If you get sick of riding the rails during warmer months, the East River Ferry stops right at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Brooklyn Heights’ public elementary, PS 8, earns high marks from parents and a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10. Private institutions in the neighborhood include an outpost of the high-tech startup AltSchool, and the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School (preschool through grade 8). Both the St. Ann’s School and Packer Collegiate Institute, accept students from preschool through 12th Grade.
One of Brooklyn Heights’ most famous assets is Brooklyn Bridge Park, whose recreational areas surround the foot of the bridge and spread over several once-industrial piers on the waterfront. It’s near here where you’ll find the famous Brooklyn Heights Promenade, a ?-mile walkway originally constructed to insulate the neighborhood from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and now beloved for the broad vistas it provides of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Manhattan. Farther down by the river, the 85-acre park offers a roller rink, playgrounds, ball fields, and access to the water itself.
Restaurants and Bars
Brooklyn’s oldest and classiest neighborhood won’t leave anyone high and dry when it comes to great places to eat and drink. The quiet lanes of Brooklyn Heights are dotted with upscale restaurants like upscale Jack the Horse Tavern, the revered Grimaldi’s pizza, and the beloved, oddly named gnocchi palace Noodle Pudding. When the agenda calls for a night on the town, locals swill beer and sing karaoke at Montero’s, play indoor Bocce Ball at Floyd NY, and sip complex cocktails at The Binc.
Brooklyn Heights betrays its small size when it comes to shopping, offering a spate of excellent boutiques and one-of-a-kind stores for visitors of all tastes. Local ladies love the selection of designer clothes at Tango, and stylish men in Brooklyn Heights swear by the clothing selections at Goose Barnacle. Daphne Art Gallery is a reliable source of art and framing expertise, and design boutique 1thirty9 is the place to go if you’re looking for gifts or trinkets that are totally unusual. Of course, even the most discerning shopper will eventually work up an appetite, and Brooklyn Heights residents stock their larders at grocery stores like Fresh Start Marketplace and two different locations of Key Food.
Landmarks and culture
As the oldest neighborhood in the borough, Brooklyn Heights is home to a number of fascinating historical landmarks – in fact, many residents live in them. The Brooklyn Historical Society shows a taste of this rich past over on Pierrepont Street, with exhibits on such diverse subjects as the Emancipation Proclamation and Brooklyn’s sewer system. The neighborhood’s location in central Brooklyn puts Heights residents in close proximity to the museums and performing arts of Downtown Brooklyn, as well as the many attractions of Prospect Park. And if all that seems too involved for a snowy February Sunday, you can always just go see a movie at United Artists Court Street.