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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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  • Brooklyn Heights Promenade
    Columbia Heights (above the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway), between Remsen and Orange Streets
    It's all about the view, of course: a panoramic take on the Lower Manhattan skyline, with Brooklyn's newly developed piers of Brooklyn Bridge Park in the foreground. But the Promenade is also a great place to savor a few moments of quiet, observing the the human (and canine) parade. The strip of pedestrian parkland, built over the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, was opened to the public in 1950, after Robert Moses' plan to construct a highway through the center of Brooklyn Heights was shot down. Today, the Promenade is beloved by locals and visitors alike. And once you're done taking in the scenery, turn around and ogle the backs of the handsome townhouses along Columbia Heights, wondering what it must be like to wake up with one of the world's greatest views every single morning. —PT

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