Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Promenade

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Brooklyn Heights Promenade
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It’s easy to forget that you’re standing atop the hectic Brooklyn-Queens Expressway while strolling along this esplanade, which opened in 1950. But the thoroughfare is inextricably linked to the Promenade’s existence: Community opposition to the BQE—which was originally intended to cut through Brooklyn Heights—led city planner Robert Moses to reroute the highway along the waterfront. He also proposed building a park atop the road to block noise. Stroll, run or make out along its ⅓-mile length, pausing to appreciate postcard-ready views of lower Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty; then check out some of the 19th-century row houses down Brooklyn Heights’ tree-lined side streets, or head down to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Venue name: Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Promenade
Address: Columbia Heights
New York

Cross street: between Middagh and Montague Sts
Transport: Subway: A, C to High St; 2, 3 to Clark St

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Howard H

What can you say about a New York treasure? Until the opening of Brooklyn Bridge Park, this iconic esplanade provided the only dramatic view of Lower Manhattan and New York Harbor, but it's lost none of its power to enchant since the opening of the new park. There's a reason the place shows up so often in movies and TV shows: There's nothing like it in the world!

Rafael levy

This place is a romantic, the promenade has been in the same location ever since I could remember, at 14 years old I've visited there and today at 51 years old is still as romantic as ever. For me is the ultimate lovers lane. I've recommended to various people throughout the years. It's perfect and hidden place above the BQE (brooklyn queens expressway) Levy