During my first trip to New York City, Brooklyn Heights was one of the first places I visited. The beauty of the architecture and the red brick buildings fascinated me. I can imagine why creative New Yorkers such as Truman Capote tor Lena Dunham choose to live there. It is not as chaotic as Manhattan and it spreads a creative vibe that you can feel in every corner. If you want to discover this beautiful neighbourhood, and be fascinated like me, make sure to check our these five cool places in Brooklyn Heights.


1. Brooklyn Heights Promenade

To see and capture the beautiful Manhattan skyline, take a walk along Brooklyn Heights Promenade. In this mainly residential area you can see the finest examples of the special Brooklyn architecture. Each house is so unique, so beautiful… For me, this is one of the most romantic places in the city of New York.  Movies like Woody Allen's Annie Hall were filmed in this very street. So, make sure to watch it before you visit this lovely neighborhood.

2. Columbia Heights and Willow Street

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columbia heights brooklyn

If you are an architecture freak like me, then Columbia Heights and Willow Street are definitely for you. With tree lined sidewalks and beautiful brownstone townhouses, these streets have their own unique charm. Along them are a couple of lovely cafes, which are perfect for people watching. But even just strolling up and down the sidewalks is a cool experience.

Fun fact: Truman Capote used to live in 70 Willow Street - that's where he wrote his famous novel Breakfast at Tiffany's!

3. Brooklyn Historical Society

Grand Ferry Park

When I go somewhere, learning about the historical background of a place, is really important to me. The same is true for Brooklyn Heights, so I paid a visit to the Brooklyn Heights Society. They are very visitor friendly and dedicated to research and share Brooklyn's 400-year history. The host interesting exhibitions, their event calendar is bursting with cool events and their library is simply gorgeous. Check out their website for upcoming events.

4. Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park is a former port which was converted into a very lovely recreation area. It is also the biggest waterfront park in Brooklyn. Take a walk along the water, go for a run, join a yoga class, rent a kayak, attend a concert - or simply enjoy the breathtaking views of the New York City skyline. There are some great restaurants in the park, and a weekly food market. My favourite is Luke’s Lobsters which offers amazing seafood.

There is always something else on, so check their website for current events and activities - especially in summer there is a lot going on.

5. Brooklyn Bridge

No Brooklyn visit is complete without crossing the iconic Brooklyn Bridge by foot. It is a great place to take photos and gives you this unique New York experience. At the time it opened, Brooklyn Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world. It's gothic towers are incredibly picturesque in itself, but also the views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor are worth a photo stop. Actually, it is hard to stop taking pictures. The walkway for pedestrians and cyclists is one level above the road, so you won't be bothered by traffic.


Walking across iconic Brooklyn Bridge you leave Brooklyn behind and enter the glitzy island of Manhattan. Don't forget to turn around and before you throw yourself into the city, take a last look at the beauty of Brooklyn Heights.

Do you have a favourite place in New York, and have you discovered any other secrets in Brooklyn Heights?