Brooklyn Heights Promenade

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn & Dumbo

Six of the east–west streets of well-to-do Brooklyn Heights (such as Montague and Clark Sts) lead to the neighborhood’s number-one attraction: a narrow, paved walking strip with breathtaking views of Lower Manhattan and New York Harbor that is blissfully removed from the busy Brooklyn–Queens Expwy (BQE) over which it sits. This little slice of urban beauty, over 1800ft in length, is fiercely defended by locals against development proposals. A great spot for a sunset walk.

An innovatively designed footbridge called the Squibb Park Bridge, just past the northern end of the promenade, links it with the shoreside Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn & Dumbo attractions

1. Plymouth Church

0.25 MILES

Founded in 1847, this Protestant church became one of the centers of the mid-19th-century anti-slavery movement, thanks in large part to its first pastor,…

2. Brooklyn Historical Society

0.32 MILES

Housed in a majestic, landmarked 1881 building with striking terracotta details, this museum is devoted to all things Brooklyn. Its priceless collection…

3. Brooklyn Bridge Park

0.33 MILES

This 85-acre park is one of Brooklyn’s best-loved attractions. Wrapping itself around a 1.3-mile bend on the East River, the post-industrial site runs…

4. Empire Stores

0.52 MILES

Built just after the Civil War, the Empire Stores are a vestige of Brooklyn's historic waterfront, which once supported 3 miles of brick warehouses…

5. Brooklyn Bridge

0.53 MILES

A New York icon, the Brooklyn Bridge was the world’s first steel suspension bridge, and, at almost 1596ft, the longest when it opened in 1883…

6. Jane’s Carousel

0.57 MILES

Behold the star attraction of the north end of Brooklyn Bridge Park: a vintage carousel built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company back in 1922. In 1984…

7. Pier 15


For respite from the FiDi hustle, retreat to this striking, breezy, two-level pier, an inviting combo of greenery, deckchairs and spectacular city and…

8. New York Transit Museum

0.61 MILES

Occupying an old subway station built in 1936 (and out of service since 1946), this kid-friendly museum takes on 100-plus years of getting around town…