Brooklyn Heights Promenade

An unrivalled view of Lower Manhattan's skyline over New York Harbour makes this a popular place for an evening walk.

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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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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. 


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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