Brooklyn Heights and the Brooklyn Promenade | Brooklyn, NY

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Brooklyn Heights and the Brooklyn Promenade | Brooklyn, NY
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Brooklyn Heights Promenade

Everything you need to know about visiting Brooklyn Heights and the Brooklyn Promenade (Columbia Heights, NY 11201).

Looking for a great place to enjoy a panoramic view of everything the city has to offer? The Brooklyn Promenade—a one-third-mile stretch of pavement along the East River—is a favorite destination of residents, tourists and couples looking to make out next to an unforgettable span of NYC’s skyline. Breathtaking views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty are both visible from here, but the Promenade wasn’t originally built for aesthetic reasons: City planner Robert Moses originally wanted the Brooklyn Queens Expressway to run through Brooklyn Heights. After lots of opposition from the local community, the promenade was built to insulate the mansions and tree-lined streets nearby from highway noise and has been doing so since it opened in October 1950.
 
Eat some ice cream (and pizza!)
Once you’re done enjoying the views, you’ll find no shortage of food and drinks nearby: Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and Grimaldi’s are both within walking distance of the promenade. Fun fact: The ice cream factory is housed inside an old fireboat house. As for Grimaldi’s, it’s a household name among pizza-loving New Yorkers and this Brooklyn location is the most famous.
 
Take a carousel ride
Built in 1922 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, Jane’s Carousel is one of the highlights of Brooklyn Bridge Park—also the home to volleyball courts, dog runs and playgrounds. Even though it’s a popular location for photo shoots, birthday parties and weddings, that doesn’t mean you can’t visit it just for a ride: Tickets are just $2 and children age 3 or younger can ride for free if accompanied by a paying adult.
 
Learn the borough’s history
Founded in 1863, the Brooklyn Historical Society exists to teach visitors (or even longtime residents) about Brooklyn’s history: Permanent collections include paintings of the borough through the years. But you’ll want to visit soon to check out its current exhibits, including Truman Capote’s Brooklyn: The Lost Photographs of David Attie, taken by the photographer for Holiday magazine and documenting his life, and Wise Eyes: Still Woke, with profiles of women who have been catalysts for empowerment as they fought for causes larger than themselves—including suffrage, black freedom and equity in higher education.

Our New York editorial team is constantly updating and reviewing the best attractions, activities and venues across the city, so that you're always in the know, with the best of NYC. at your fingertips. Brooklyn Heights and the Brooklyn Promenade was most recently updated with new tips on June 26, 2017.

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Address: Columbia Heights
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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
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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!

M.

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