Take a brief detour to 70 Willow Street to see Truman Capote’s home, where he wrote Breakfast at Tiffany’s
New York and skyscrapers go hand in hand. However, whilst dizzyingly impressive when seen
from the sidewalk, you really need to talk a step back to appreciate that famous skyline. The
Brooklyn Heights Promenade affords you just such an opportunity. Opened to the public in 1950,
this 557 metre long cantilevered walkway stretches over Interstate 278, linking Brooklyn and
Queens while offering breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty, Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn
Bordered by grand 18th Century townhouses, the promenade is part of Brooklyn’s first Historic
Preservation District. While perfect for jogging and walking, the promenade also offers basketball,
soccer and volley ball courts on piers over the water. Lined with flower beds, trees, benches and
playgrounds, it draws the whole spectrum of visitors: tourists and locals; runners and strollers;
families and lovers.
A familiar view
The Brooklyn Heights Promenade has featured in many films — and for good reason. It is one of
the most romantic spots in New York: the site of thousands of first dates, wedding proposals, and
anniversaries. Beautiful during the day, it is better still at night: couples can find a bench, enjoy the
sunset, and watch the city lights reflect off the rippling waters. It was here that Woody Allen, as the
lovelorn Alvy, moped over the eponymous Annie Hall. In Moonstruck, Cher and Nicholas Cage
shared some unforgettable moments there too. And that, perhaps, is the greatest demonstration of
the magic of the promenade.
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