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Must-See Brooklyn Heights

by Peter Terzian, Harrison Peck and Andrew Rosenberg, 03/05/2014 [Updated 02/17/2016]

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  • Whether arriving by bike over John A. Roebling's storied 130-year-old suspension bridge or meandering over after enjoying a bite to eat at Smorgasburg in nearby DUMBO, visitors to Brooklyn Heights will undoubtedly be drawn first to its photo-op-friendly streets of impeccably restored row houses. Indeed, the area is unquestionably lovely, neither overly trendy nor commercialized. But scratch the surface and you'll find a vibrant neighborhood with thoughtfully curated stores, innovative restaurants and such energetic cultural institutions as the Brooklyn Historical Society and the Heights Players. The Heights wears its rich history on its sleeve, with the area a showcase of stately architectural styles, august churches and schools and literary landmarks. A lamplit stroll through the neighborhood after dark can take you along the hum of Montague Street to the peace and quiet—and majestic views—of the Promenade, capturing all the appeal of New York City's first suburb. —Peter Terzian

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