Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Promenade

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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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Jillian Anthony
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The promenade offers the best view of the city skyline, hands down. There is no better place to watch the sun set over the city and see those beautiful colors reflect off the skyscrapers downtown, with glimpses of Lady Liberty off in the distance and all the boats packed with revelers huddling around her. It's often less packed than other lookouts in the city, meaning you can actually take a long stroll without constantly bumping shoulders with people. When you've had your fill, walk right down to the Dumbo waterfront and grab a slice from Grimaldi's, relax under shady trees in the park and take the ferry to wherever you're headed next. 

Mary B

My #1 most favorite place in NYC! You can't beat the views! And to think it was all created by accident when building the expressway! A walk around Brooklyn Heights/Brooklyn Bridge with a stop at the Promenade is a must for anyone coming to Brooklyn. I hope someone proposes to me here someday! hahaha

Peter T

Iconic site...too bad the car fumes and air poisons 2 yards below can't be diverted better.

Mary W

Who doesn't love the view of Manhattan from the Promenade? You can see so many landmarks--Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, World Trade Building, Verrazano Bridge, Staten Island Ferry, and more. And, it has the best viewing of Macy's fireworks when they show them over the East River!


Absolutely one of the most beautiful, relaxing places in all of Brooklyn, NYC and New York period! The promenade has been a Brooklyn staple forever for those looking to get in some quiet time away from the hustle, bustle of Manhattan and big city life. It's quite amazing that such a serene place actually exists in NYC. On any given day, especially in the Spring, Summer and Fall, there are a number of people either sitting and just appreciating the Manhattan skyline, jogging, walking their dogs, taking a leisurely stroll, reading books or taking pictures. What makes the promenade great too is that it's surrounded by Brownstones in a residential neighborhood so it's away from any big/large noisy streets.

If you plan on driving here, you can usually get lucky and find a parking spot not too far off and walk over. Most of the streets surrounding the promenade are very quiet and empty. There is just one negative about the promenade and it really has nothing to do with it is that the BQE is located beneath. As locals well know, there's always heavy traffic on the BQE so there can be some background noise from the cars, but it's not really that audible.

It's truly one of my favorite places to go whenever I need some peace and quiet away from the city life. It's almost like you're not even in NYC, except the fact that the Manhattan skyline is staring you in the face. If you've never passed by before, be sure to bring your camera because the promenade provides for plenty of photo opportunities!

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