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Btw. Joralemon St. and Grace Ct. (Columbia Heights)
POPULAR TIMESRush hour
RESERVE IN ADVANCENo
WAIT TIME WITHOUT RESERVATIONNone
HIGHLIGHTSManhattan skyline views
SUBWAYClark St. (2, 3); Court St.-Borough Hall (2, 3, 4, 5, R)
This popular esplanade, which stretches above the expressway from Joralemon Street to Grace Court, offers striking views of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Popular with families getting fresh air, couples out for a romantic stroll, and tourists snapping the view, the promenade is one of Brooklyn’s most beloved outdoor spaces.
GO HERE WITH
A date; photographers; family; joggers
WHY WE LIKE IT
This is a fantastic spot for a scenic jog, a romantic stroll, a photo session, or just letting the kids go bananas for a bit. (There’s a small playground at the south end of the promenade.) We like combining our stroll on the promenade with a wander past the lovely historic mansions of the Brooklyn Heights Historic Preservation District down below.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The noise from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and the view of scruffy industrial warehouses along the waterfront.
GOOD TO KNOW
When the 1940s residents of chichi Brooklyn Heights found out that the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway would be routed through their neighborhood, they kicked up a fuss, to put it mildly. To appease the grumpy locals, a pedestrian walkway-cum-buffer was added to the project, et voilà: the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. One for the film buffs: the view from the promenade is featured in the iconic park bench shot in Annie Hall. And if you need a snack, check out nearby Grimaldi’s.
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