Origin of the Name
Main Attractions of the Neighborhood
- Colonie (127 Atlantic Ave): It’s a popular brunch destination, famous for its Italian selections. The mushroom plate is an all-around favorite. It’s a bar as well, but the food is a more prominent attraction than drinks.
- Kogane (76 Henry St): It might not seem like it, but Kogane is one of the neighborhood’s top Japanese places. It’s most famous for its ramen, which is a bit different from what you might have eaten at more typical ramen places.
- Table 87 (87 Atlantic Ave): If you are craving a classic coal-oven pizza or other Italian foods, this is the place to go. It’s one of Brooklyn’s finest Pizza establishments.
- Henry’s End (72 Henry St): A name and address in one, this establishment is cherished for its locally sourced (farmer’s market) ingredients and its wild game menu.
- O’Keefe’s Bar & Grill (62 Court St): A serene Irish pub, well-known on Court Street for its environment and wings.
- St. George Hotel (100 Henry St): It was once one of the largest hotels in NYC. The original tower building, completed in 1929, was converted to co-ops in 1984.
- St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church (157 Montague St): It’s a historic Episcopal that was once the tallest structure in the neighborhood. The Gothic Revival building was completed in 1847.
- Plymouth Church (57 Orange St): This 1850 church became quite famous thanks to the stance its pastor took in the abolitionist movement.
- Boisselle House (24 Middagh St): It’s the oldest house in the neighborhood and stands at a very attractive location.
- Leverich Towers (25 Clark St): The 16-story building was once a grand hotel in the neighborhood, and it’s now being converted into senior luxury housing.
The neighborhood is home to a number of great attractions for locals and tourists alike.
- Brooklyn Bridge Park (334 Furman St): Bordered by 1.3 miles of the East River and Brooklyn’s prominent waterfront, this 21.3-acre park is a highly coveted local attraction.
- Brooklyn Heights Promenade (Montague St & Pierrepont Pl): You might surprise yourself with New York’s “quiet” beauty when you are standing on this 1,826-foot-long platform that offers an amazing view of the piers, Manhattan, and Statue of Liberty.
- Brooklyn Bridge: The entryway to Brooklyn Heights (from Manhattan) is quite an attraction itself. Completed in 1883, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world at that time.
- New York Transit Museum (99 Schermerhorn St): Subways are a part of NYC’s history and its evolution, and a museum dedicated to their history is definitely worth visiting.
- The Brooklyn Cat Café (76 Montague St): While not as grand as Brooklyn Heights’ iconic attractions, NYC’s only non-profit cat café is a unique neighborhood attraction.
What Is Brooklyn Heights Known For?
- Being the first historic district in NYC.
- Celebrity residents like Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Paul Giamatti, and Bjork.
- An overall low-rise architecture and a lot of brownstone buildings.
- Amazing Manhattan views, especially from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.
- A variety of churches.
Interesting Facts about Brooklyn Heights
- Jackie Robinson, the first African American signed by a major baseball league (Brooklyn Dodgers), signed his contract in the league’s front office located in Brooklyn Heights. There was a plaque commemorating it, which disappeared in 2019 and was reinstalled in 2020.
- The fruit streets in the neighborhood got their name because a resident, Lady Middagh, thought that naming streets after prominent people was not a great idea. She would tear down the official names and put-up names based on fruits. This continued for a while before Lady Middagh’s fruit names were given official status. Another reason for this nomenclature might be the prominent families with fruit businesses residing on those streets.
- It’s home to the world’s only Greek Revival subway ventilator (58 Joralemon St). It was once a residence, but now it’s just a façade.