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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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  • Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims
    75 Hicks St., 718-624-4743
    Legendary abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher was the first pastor of this Congregational church, founded in 1847, and it's likely that the building was a stop on the Underground Railroad. A star-studded lineup of great Americans has lectured here, including Mark Twain, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Martin Luther King Jr. A tour of the building—available by appointment weekdays and Sundays after the service (although those attending the service may get a tour without making arrangements beforehand)—includes a look at the pew where Abraham Lincoln once sat, a fragment of Plymouth Rock and remarkable Tiffany stained-glass windows, located in the social hall. —PT

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