Heights is a hidden gem. "Travel and Leisure" magazine named it one of America’s top 10 most beautiful neighborhoods and its beauty is rivaled only by its place in American history. These quaint, tree-lined streets have been the site of a major Revolutionary War battle, abolitionist activism and home to great American authors like Truman Capote, Arthur Miller and Norman Mailer.
Brooklyn Heights is also a land of "firsts" --major events that changed America happened in right here. Visit a small bucolic church you've probably walked by dozens of times and hear what one congregation and its world famous preacher did to end slavery. Pause for a moment in front of a mundane office building where a simple meeting occurred that shaped American civil rights for decades to come.
With over 660 homes and structures that date back to before the Civil War, Brooklyn Heights was the first land-marked district in New York City. Despite being a small neighborhood, one can find a diverse range of architectural styles from Federal, Neo-Gothic, Art-Deco, Italianate, Neo-Classical, St. Anne and Renaissance Revival.
Sites included on the tour are:
- Brooklyn Borough Hall (1848)
- Brooklyn Historical Society (1878)
- St. Ann’s & the Holy Trinity Church (1844)
- Herman Behr Mansion (1888), Eugene Boisselet House (1824), The Low Mansion (1857)
- Site of General Washington’s Brooklyn Headquarters
- a visit inside The Brooklyn Trust Company Building (1913)
- Brooklyn Heights Promenade
- Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims (1849)
- Homes of Truman Capote, Norman Mailer and Arthur Miller
- and more
Most of all, you cannot beat the view!