Running between the Brooklyn Bridge and Atlantic Avenue, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade in Brooklyn Heights, New York, is one of the most popular destinations for sightseeing in the city. Strolling the 1,826-foot tree-lined walkway, guests can experience expansive views of Staten Island, the Statue of Liberty, the Freedom Tower, Ellis Island, and many other landmarks along the Manhattan skyline – and it’s just a 20-minute drive from At Home In Brooklyn! Whether you choose to view the blooming gardens during the day or the city’s twinkling lights in the evening, a trip to the Promenade will leave you with incredible memories you’ll never forget. Just don’t forget to bring your camera! Here’s why you need to visit the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.
What You’ll See at the Brooklyn Heights Promenade
In 1941, master builder Robert Moses wanted to construct the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) right through the middle of Brooklyn Heights, which was met with great opposition by the community. One resident, whose private garden would be destroyed by the BQE, suggested a covered double-decker highway instead, to protect the gardens from pollution and noise. Moses liked this idea and made the cover a public promenade on October 7, 1950. Today, the promenade offers some of the world’s most spectacular harbor views and continues to attract tens of thousands of locals and visitors each year.
The Brooklyn Heights Promenade is home to three distinct monuments, with the most prominent being a flagpole located at the bottom of Montague Street. The pole pays tribute to Genevieve Beavers Earle, a renowned Brooklyn Heights resident and civic leader. Behind the flagpole, guests will find a stone that marks the land where the “Four Chimney’s House” once stood, which was George Washington’s headquarters during the Battle of Long Island. The third monument is a giant Thunderbird mosaic located just north of Pierrepont Street, which pays tribute to the Canarsie Indians who harvested oysters in this area before the Dutch settlers arrived.
When it’s time for lunch or dinner, guests can visit a variety of waterfront restaurants for a delicious meal with a stunning backdrop of the New York skyline. Be sure to check out the award-winning River Cafe, which has been serving up classic American cuisine since 1977, or Heights Cafe, a casual eatery that offers comfortable outdoor dining and an extensive drink menu just a block from the Promenade.
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After a wonderful trip to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, head home to our beautiful bed and breakfast where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy spectacular views of Prospect Park. Our peaceful rooms and suites are the perfect place to unwind after a long day, and our complimentary breakfast each morning that will have you feeling fueled up and ready for even more fun. We can’t wait to hear about your adventures on the Promenade!
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