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Brooklyn Heights

Originally Brooklyn Village, this historic neighbourhood is now a beautiful and affluent residential area.

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The coffee shop Two for the Pot has been around for four decades but still provides a fresh cup of joe, along with charming mom-and-pop service

Brooklyn may have originally developed due to its convenient proximity to Manhattan, but now it is a destination in its own right. Brooklyn Heights is an affluent residential neighbourhood therein, famous for its low-rise architecture and brownstone houses — many of which were built before the Civil War. Set against the skyscrapers of Manhattan on the other side of the Hudson, they cut a striking, almost surreal contrast.


Overall there is a more neighbourly, less daunting atmosphere to be found here — and people relax accordingly. It is neither too trendy or too commercialised, so delve in and find some exciting cultural institutions such as the Brooklyn Historical Society. Dedicated to the borough’s 400-year history, there you can spend some contemplative hours in its quiet, wood-columned library, poring over local maps and historical volumes. Alternatively, enjoy the open air with a stroll along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, taking in its panoramic views of the Lower Manhattan skyline.


Under the Bridge

Bargemusic is an old barge that has been converted into a floating chamber-music venue. Docked under Brooklyn Bridge, it has a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline and the city lights shimmering on the Hudson. Concerts typically feature European classical composers, although jazz, Latin and 20th Century music can be found as well.


Amazing Grace

Before the Civil War, Brooklyn Heights was an epicentre of the Abolitionist movement. This was chiefly due to Henry Ward Beecher, the pastor of Plymouth Church. His church was renowned for helping slaves on their way to freedom in Canada, and he also shipped rifles to abolitionists in Kansas and Nebraska in crates labelled “Bibles” — the rifles were known as “Beecher’s Bibles”. Be sure to visit his church for a slice of history and to take a look at the pews where Abraham Lincoln himself once sat.

Nearby Attractions

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Brooklyn Bridge
New York's iconic 19th century bridge is an awesome industrial achievement, and a symbol of American optimism.
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
An unrivalled view of Lower Manhattan's skyline over New York Harbour makes this a popular place for an evening walk.
DUMBO
Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass is a thriving neighbourhood of artistic activity and tech startups.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
A modern park built on historic foundations that affords magnificent waterfront views of Lower Manhattan.
Wall Street
The hub of US financial services that has come to represent capitalism in its purest form.
Fraunces Tavern
The place where George Washington gave his farewell address after the Revolutionary War

Related Tours

A View from Brooklyn Heights
Connecting Long Island and Manhattan since 1883, Brooklyn Bridge has become a globally recognized symbol of New York. Cross it in the company of your personal guide before a private trip around Brooklyn.

  • Step across the glorious Brooklyn Bridge 
  • Enjoy the illustrious past and colorful present of Brooklyn Heights
  • See DUMBO in urban form
Majestic Brooklyn Bridge

Your tour begins at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge entrance. Here you will cross the world famous landmark, during which there will be ample time to discuss the fascinating history of the bridge and to photograph Manhattan, Brooklyn and New York Harbor. Accompanied by your expert local guide, you will hear about the origins of the ferry, travel across the East River, learn about the politics behind the building of the bridge, the complications around its construction,  as well as the stories of designers and immigrant builders who made the project happen.

Trendy Brooklyn Heights

You will then have the pleasure of strolling along the tree-lined streets of Brooklyn Heights, known as the finest of all the residential neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Filled with colorful people and beautiful architecture, you will explore the myriad streets and alleys of America’s first ‘suburb’. While you walk, you will learn about George Washington’s stand against British General Howe, listen to the plentiful stories of engineering and military defeats, as well as the history of the anti-slavery preachers and remarkable authors of the area. You will also pay a visit to the Brooklyn Promenade, for absolutely unbeatable views of Manhattan. 

DUMBO

From the promenade, you will walk down to the ferry landing area and explore a small part of DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). Formerly a manufacturing and industrial district, the area suffered from economic decline and eventually fell into disrepair. Fortunately, due to a renewed appreciation for the architecture of the area and sizable investment, the once vacant factory lofts have now become very attractive destinations for artists and creatives alike. DUMBO has been transformed into a lively Brooklyn neighborhood, boasting many art galleries and high-end boutiques, pizzerias, a scenic waterfront and characterful cobblestone streets lined with historical architecture. 
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