Welcome to Brooklyn Heights
A quiet, historic, and established neighborhood convenient to New York City perks.
Quietly posh and postcard-perfect Brooklyn Heights woos those who want the amenities of the big city, but crave the cobble-stone side streets, tree-lined sidewalks, and sense of community that Brooklyn Heights provides. Architecturally satisfying row houses and brownstones are complemented by thriving local businesses and 19th-century single-family mansions provide easy access to excellent schools, parks, and playgrounds. It's modern suburbia for affluent residents who just can’t quit the city lifestyle.
Originally known as Brooklyn Village, the neighborhood retains that small-town feel here on a bluff overlooking the waterfront. Apartment offerings are diverse and expensive, but on the whole, very well maintained and impeccably restored. Expect tucked-away courtyards, pocket gardens, graceful archways, and other period details that give Brooklyn Heights its charm.
What to Love
- World-renowned public schools
- Historic homes, from brownstones to single-family mansions
- Easy commute to Manhattan
- Upscale dining and shopping
- Ample parks and playgrounds
Stroller-pushing parents and little kids with backpacks take over the neighborhood in the morning on their way to school, as city-bound commuters zip to Manhattan by train or ferry. There’s just enough bustle to help Brooklyn Heights residents feel connected to their community and their neighbors, while the peaceful, tree-lined streets feel worlds away from the urban jungle. Downtown Brooklyn is nearby, with boutique-lined Montague Avenue and the restaurant row of Hicks Street.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Among the favorite Brooklyn Heights eateries is Chez Moi on Atlantic Avenue. Behind this French bistro storefront, you’ll find a menu of steak frites, escargot, and regionally inspired mussels. Sinful desserts such as creme brulee and profiteroles put the exclamation point on a decadent meal. In the mood for a fantastic burger? Check out Chef Iacopo Falai’s Tuscan take on this American classic at Felice Montague.
Juliana’s pizza is famous for its deliciously thin crusts topped with internationally and locally sourced toppings and turned inside the original, hand-built, coal-fired oven, the first commissioned in New York in more than 50 years.
Celebrate a special occasion at The River Cafe, one of the moxy exclusive fine-dining restaurants on the water in New York City. Within this romantic setting under the Brooklyn Bridge, enjoy Michelin-starred, classic American cuisine in view of the breathtaking skyline and sip wines from an incredible collection. Live piano music adds to the romantic ambiance. On the opposite end of the spectrum, though just as enticing, is Noodle Pudding, a hidden, cash-only gem. There’s no sign and no website, so you’ll have to ask your neighbors how to find and dine at this Italian hot spot. Later, don’t miss the chance for a treat at Ample Hills Creamery on Pier 5.
Shopping is a delight in Brooklyn Heights, particularly along Montague Street and Henry Street. There are all the usual national brands, such as Banana Republic and MAC Cosmetics, but don’t overlook local favorites such as City Chemist, a family-owned pharmacy known for its great beauty product selection. Keep walking and you’ll find interesting vintage shops and bookstores to browse.
Things to Do
Brooklyn Heights residents are an active bunch, who love to congregate on the waterfront and along the Brooklyn Promenade for outdoor exercise. The Promenade is part of Brooklyn’s first Historic Preservation District, known for its grand townhomes and mansions.
Go classic New York and walk or bike the Brooklyn Bridge, of course, but remember, you can walk the Manhattan Bridge, too! Step back in neighborhood time at the Center for Brooklyn History. The Othmer Library’s reading room is magnificent,m with gorgeous stained-glass windows and carved wooden columns. Brooklynites love the New York Transit Museum, housed underground in an authentic 1936 subway station that spans a full city block. See (and board some) a rotation selection of 20 vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1907, sit at the wheel of a city bus and learn about the past and future of mass transit.
Everyone loves a cool hotel, so even if you’re a Brooklyn Heights resident, keep the One Hotel on your radar. This waterfront retreat with expansive East River and Manhattan skyline views was designed by local artists using native greenery and reclaimed materials. Within this chic, nature-inspired, indulge in holistic treatments at the Bamford Wellness Spa, pick up lunch from Neighbors, the on-site cafe with seasonal items from local Brooklyn purveyors, or meet friends for drinks at Harriet's Lounge, with a classic cocktail lounge feel, sustainable wines and live DJ’s music.
Top educational opportunities in Brooklyn Heights include:
PS 133 William Butler, PK-5, well-rated public elementary school
PS8 Robert Fulton, PK-8, highly rated public elementary and middle school
Academy of Arts & Letters, K-8, highly rated public elementary and middle school