Must-See Brooklyn Heights
by Peter Terzian, Harrison Peck and Andrew Rosenberg, 03/05/2014 [Updated 02/17/2016]
Photo: Myrna Suarez
Hotel St. George
51 Clark St.
The St. George is no longer a hotel—it's now partly a college dormitory—but because of its rich history and proximity to literary landmarks, it's a site worth a pause during any tour of the neighborhood. In its heyday in the early 20th century, it was the largest hotel in New York City. Not only that, but it boasted the largest indoor saltwater swimming pool in the country, replete with a waterfall supplied by a spring that was discovered during an excavation for the hotel's tower. Scenes from The Godfather were filmed at the St. George, and Leonard Bernstein once conducted a recording of the New York Philharmonic here. For a further taste of the area's cultural legacy, take a stroll along the nearby streets. Truman Capote lived in an apartment at 70 Willow St., where he wrote his paean to the neighborhood, the essay "A House on the Heights." And Norman Mailer lived for decades in an apartment at 142 Columbia Heights, overlooking the Promenade. —PT