Brooklyn Heights is a primarily residential neighborhood in Brooklyn, one of the five boroughs of New York City. Known for its gorgeous brownstones, tree-lined streets, and breathtaking views of the city, Brooklyn Heights has increasingly become a sought-after getaway for Manhattan residents as well as tourists looking for a little greenery and fresh air. Among chirping birds and kids passing by on scooters, you'll find excellent restaurants, unique shops, and lush parks waiting for you in Brooklyn Heights. We love exploring the timeless streets of this lovely neighborhood (many of which are still the original cobblestone!).
If you're coming from Manhattan and feeling up to it, you can easily stroll across the 1.1 mile Brooklyn Bridge to reach Brooklyn Heights. It takes about an hour and while it can get a bit crowded (avoid the weekends), walking the slatted wood bridge walkway with Manhattan in your rear is an experience everyone should have at least once! After crossing the bridge, you'll end up right by Brooklyn Heights.
Alternatively, you can take the NYC Water Taxi to Pier 1, which will get you to the beautiful Fulton Ferry Landing within Brooklyn Bridge Park along the East River and Brooklyn Heights. Of course, there is always the good old fashioned NYC subway, if you're looking for pure non-Uber efficiency. Whichever way you choose, once you get to Brooklyn Heights, take a deep breath of the fresh air and start your day of exploration visiting some of our favorite spots!
Begin your day by getting your caffeine fix at Joe Coffee. This family-owned local chain offers top-notch coffee in a trendy yet tranquil setting. There are multiple locations throughout NYC, but we're biased towards Brooklyn Heights. It's the perfect place to do some work, meet a friend, or grab a coffee before starting your day. Also, when you have a little extra time, you can take one of their classes, like latte art!
Next, enjoy a little shopping. And what could be better than shopping, but supporting local artisans and independent craftspeople while you're at it! Founded in 1854 (!), Brooklyn Women's Exchange is a non-profit craft and gift store. 70 cents of every dollar spent goes directly to the crafters and the shop is run entirely by volunteers. You'll find amazing handcrafted clothing, art, toys, jewelry, home goods, and more.
Collyer's Mansion is another excellent Brooklyn Heights shop. This exceptionally-curated, artistically-focused furniture and home goods store features eco-friendly furniture, textiles, art, jewelry and more. With a vibrant and eclectic vibe, you're bound to feel a surge of happiness the second you walk in the door of this stylish haven.
When your stomach starts rumbling, head to Sahidi's, a Middle Eastern specialty grocery store and neighborhood market with mouth-watering snacks, cheeses, coffees, spices, and delicious prepared foods. This spot has been a staple in Brooklyn since 1948 and in 2017 received a James Beard America's Classics award, "given to restaurants with timeless appeal, each beloved in its region for quality food that reflects the character of its community."
Now that you have a little energy boost, it's off to our favorite Brooklyn Heights yoga studio, Heatwise, to get the blood pumping with a quick mood-boosting yoga session. The minimalist and natural ambiance of this studio create a warm and peaceful atmosphere to bring you right where you should be. Not to mention, the instructors are friendly, welcoming, and inspirational and place an emphasis on education. When class is over, grab your complimentary cool lavender towel and you'll feel like a million bucks.
As the sun sets, head to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, a pedestrian walkway above the East River with spectacular sweeping views of Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge, and even Lady Liberty herself. Grab a seat on one of the many benches, or enjoy a leisurely stroll while you take it all in.
As dinner time rolls around, make your way down to Noodle Pudding where you'll find Italian comfort food at its finest! This popular local spot doesn't have a website, doesn't take reservations, is cash only, and has some of the best Italian food we've found in Brooklyn. Their lasagna is heaven and you'll feel like you're part of the family the second you walk in the door.
Finally, close out your day of Brooklyn Heights exploration indulging in some ice cream with a view. Don't miss Ample Hills Creamery, located in a charming old fire boathouse near the water at Fulton Ferry Landing, as well as a number of other locations throughout New York. Their flavors are creative, unique, and delicious. My personal favorite is Breakfast Trash - and trash it is not, featuring all the best sugary breakfast cereals your parents never let you have! Another favorite ice cream spot is Emack & Bolio's on Montague, also with great flavors and top-notch ingredients - who says you can't hit up both?
As we all continue to do our part to flatten the curve, here are some tips for how to explore our favorite Brooklyn Heights spots from home and continue to support them during this challenging time.
Joe Coffee Company
Brooklyn Women's Exchange
Ample Hills Creamery
Emack & Bolio's
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