7.9 out of 10

Brooklyn Heights

Ranked 7th best neighborhood in Brooklyn
40.6964260494438 -73.9950389736706
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Clean & Green
  • Gym & Fitness
Not great for
  • Parking
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

5/5
2yrs+

"Great, but not the best value in this class of neighborhood"

Brooklyn Heights has always had a mystique for me as the legendary home of Dr. Cliff Huxtable. And indeed, it is neighborhood-y, with great views, good (but crowded) schools, and great access to the city. On the downside, it's significantly pricier for what you get than the area south of Atlantic, and isn't quite as good for eating out.

When we started looking at moving to Brooklyn, this is one neighborhood we seriously looked at. I have to say, while we're not going to end up here, we would have been very happy here, and I'm sure anyone would be.
Pros
  • gorgeous brownstones
  • quick access to Manhattan
  • the Promenade
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park
Cons
  • excessive hills
  • Expensive (for Brooklyn)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Best of Brooklyn"

Brooklyn Heights is a beautiful neighborhood that boasts unparalleled views of New York Harbor and Lower Manhattan. This town isn't cheap by most standards, but it offers an affordable option to Manhattanites who are used to paying exorbitant prices for real estate. This neighborhood is protected as a historic district, and it boasts a wide variety of early architectural styles. The park in Brooklyn Heights is absolutely gorgeous; it has well maintained green grass, a playground, views of the city's skyline, and up close views of the Brooklyn Bridge. At the entrance to the park, there is the renowned Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, right across the street from New York's best pizzeria. There are also some great restaurants in Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens. Head over to Montague Street, the town's main commercial area for shopping, banks, and some cheaper dining options. Public transportation is super easy; there are a number of subway lines that run in/around Brooklyn Heights, and lower Manhattan is just one stop away. This makes Brooklyn Heights a very popular choice for people working on Wall Street. There isn't much of a school district here. There are a bunch of private schools; the town's only public elementary school is excellent. There are no middle schools, so most parents elect to send their kids to school in Fort Greene or Manhattan.
Pros
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • Relatively affordable (for NYC)
  • gorgeous brownstones
  • quick access to Manhattan
  • the Promenade
Cons
  • Only one public elementary & no middle schools
  • Expensive (for Brooklyn)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"It doesn't get much better in Brooklyn"

Ah, what I wouldn't give to be able to afford to live here. As Brooklyn neighborhoods go, this is one of the pricier options - but well worth it if you have the means. The area is just a hop away from Manhattan, but has all the amenities that you would find in a city neighborhood like Soho. It even looks the part, with upstanding brownstone homes and fancy eateries and shops.

This is a great place for tourists to visit if they want to escape the madness of Manhattan for a bit, or if they just want to see a bit of Brooklyn before heading home. The Promenade - the long walk that overlooks the Manhattan skyline - is a must-visit for both tourists and residents, and it's likely that you'll recognize the place from any number of films.
Pros
  • gorgeous brownstones
  • quick access to Manhattan
  • the Promenade
Cons
  • excessive hills
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Brooklyn Heights: Small town in the big city"

Brooklyn Heights is a picturesque neighborhood just a stones throw away from Manhattan, but it almost seems rather removed from the hustle and bustle of it all.

The brownstone filled, tree-lined streets are still brimming with people though. But rather than having to fight for a space on the sidewalk with businessmen and the like, its easy to stroll along, sharing the sidewalk with families and children. Everyone seems to know everyone, whether its people in passing or the guys who work in Penny Bridge or Han's Market who always greet you with a smile and by name.

And though its not quite as fast paced as Manhattan, you want for nothing. There are three grocery stores and countless others all along Montague, Henry, and Court Streets; and downtown Brooklyn as well as downtown Manhattan are just a stones throw away.

The roads are pretty much constantly busy because of the traffic coming off the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges as well as the BQE, but if you take the subway, almost every main line in Manhattan stops in Brooklyn Heights.

If you like to walk, the Promenade offers a peaceful setting while overlooking the East River and the Manhattan skyline. For an even better view, walk past Cadman Plaza Park and onto the Brooklyn Bridge. Or even if you don't make it to the bridge, the park makes for perfect recreation. On nice days there are always people there playing soccer or having a picnic.

Brooklyn Heights has it all. Its peaceful and relaxing but close enough to Manhattan when you want a night on the town. Its one of those places where you get a small town feel even in the middle of the big city.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
alvaj
alvaj I'm looking to move to Brooklyn in about 2 years and i would love to move in a condo. I'm not seeing any comments in reference to condos. Does Brooklyn have a wide variety of Condos???
Aug 25, 2017
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3/5
2yrs+

"The best pizza in town"

Brooklyn Heights is a popular neighborhood in part because of its proximity to Manhattan, and also for its brownstones and tree-lined streets. Brooklyn Heights sits high above the East River waterfront and is bordered by Atlantic Avenue, Cadman Park, East River, and Old Fulton Street. Buses and public transportation abound in the area as well as many public and private schools. From Brooklyn Heights Montessori School to St. Francis College, this neighborhood has it all.

Brooklyn Heights has prime real estate mostly in part because it is just ten minutes from away from Manhattan via subway. Apartment rentals start at $2000 per month for a one-bedroom and a one-bedroom apartments sells for $500,000 starting price.

The neighborhood is home to the Brooklyn Historical Society Museum, the St. George Hotel, and a large open green market at Borough Hall. Stroll down the waterfront for an amazing view of the Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn Bridge, it will take your breath away.

The famous Grimaldi’s pizza place is located in Brooklyn Heights and is known by locals as Brooklyn’s best pizza. You will not be disappointed by Grimaldi’s even if you are not a pizza lover. The restaurant is located at 19 Old Fulton Street. Also worth noting is the Chip Shop, serving up award winning fish and chips, and Tazza, a great little coffee shop that serves panini and baked goods.

Shopping can be found along Montague Street. Whether you are looking for vintage books (Heights Bookstore) or vintage clothing and furniture (Housing Works Thrift Store) Brooklyn Heights will deliver. Ricky’s and M.A.C. are also in the area and offer an array of beauty necessities.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5
2yrs+

"Brooklyn Heights - the nostalgic ideal of Brooklyn"

With beautiful homes, friendly people, and unique style, Brooklyn Heights is a wonderful neighborhood tucked in the heart of this bustling borough.

It is from Brooklyn Heights that one can gain an appreciation of the Brooklyn Bridge and the beauty of this borough as well as Manhattan via the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. This neighborhood has historically been the sight of the formation of Brooklyn, having been the sight of an American Revolutionary War Battle. Throughout time the neighborhood developed into the home of those desiring to live in the classic Brooklyn.

Brooklyn, in an ideal state to both residents and visitors, is about family, relaxation, and a sense of neighborhood pride. Having been home to the Brooklyn Dodgers, the pride of Brooklyn rests in its Heights, as many Brooklyn traditions, ranging from Independence Day celebrations to summer baseball tournaments, are an intrinsic part of his neighborhood.

Brooklyn Heights is populated by a wide variety of people and has been home to several notable people including W.H. Auden, Walt Whitman, Marilyn Monroe, & Truman Capote. The artistic and free-flowing nature of the neighborhood has not been lost and is a treasured part of the culture of the neighnorhood.

Brooklyn Heights epitomizes the qualities of Brooklyn that those near and far treasured, and throughout the “Heights,” one can find the timeless ambiance of an amazing city.

In The Heights:

Transportation:
The MTA A, C, F, M, R, 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains run throughout this neighborhood, making it one of the easiest neighborhoods to commute to Manhattan and other parts of the city from.

Real Estate:
The classic housing for a resident of Brooklyn Heights are the fantastic brownstones that line its many streets. The prices of those homes and others are sold for no less than $300,000 for a one bedroom one bath unit. You might consider exploring options of renting or subleting which would likely begin at $3,000-$4,000 per individual unit.

Sights:
Beyond the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, you might also visit Walt Whitman Park on Adams Street for a nice afternoon or the Doll Toy Museum on Montague Street. You’ll also find the American Folk Art Museum and the South Street Seaport Museum in this neighborhood.

Shopping:
Shopping in Brooklyn Heights is very similar to Manhattan offering many chain and popular retail stores.

Dining:
The River Cafe -1 Water Street
Bubby's Brooklyn -1 Main Street
Five Front- 5 Front Street
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Charming neighborhood, picturesque"

Brooklyn Heights is the neighborhood you hit as you come off of the Brooklyn Bridge (which heads out of the downtown Manhattan/Financial District area). This is a pretty cool neighborhood to visit if you are looking for some Brooklyn charm that doesn’t really involve hipsters and their sharply angled haircuts.
A walk down the Promenade that borders the East River gives a beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline (and it’s from an angle that isn’t often seen in pictures). The neighborhood’s original red brick townhouses are another gorgeous sight – this neighborhood is really worth a look if you finish up your tourist itinerary early and feel like seeing something off the beaten track.

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Best Streets in Brooklyn Heights

1

Remsen St

4.5/5
"Best of everything"
40.6943526323307 -73.9955636927566
2

Willow St

4/5
"very quiet area beautiful brownstone homes"
40.6991913247816 -73.9949459702254
3

State St

4/5
"beautiful, quiet neighborhood"
40.6915818983258 -73.9965153301047
4

Court St

4/5
"Small village feel in the big city"
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5

Grace Ct

3.5/5
"Beautiful Grace Court"
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6

Garden Pl

3.5/5
"Lots of Caribbean food in this tiny enclave"
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7

Montague Ter

3.5/5
"On Montague Terrace"
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"In the Heart of Brooklyn Heights"
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9

Hicks St

2.5/5
"Old taste of home"
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10

Montague St

2.5/5
"Nice Calm Day to Hang Out on Montague!"
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