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Brooklyn Heights

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Home to a treasure trove of cultural luminaries including Walt Whitman, Truman Capote, W.H. Auden, Thomas Wolfe, Norman Mailer, Arthur Miller, Mary Tyler Moore (and of course, the main setting of The Cosby Show), Brooklyn Heights is generally considered one of the most desirable and beautiful areas of Brooklyn. Its proximity to Manhattan, amazing restaurants, stunning views, tree-lined blocks replete with ever-chirping birds, and gloriously preserved real estate transform its residents into life-long devotees.


Landscape

Located on a bluff formerly known as Ihpetonga (“the high sandy bank”) by the native Lenape Indians, Brooklyn Heights sits on a steep bluff rising sharply out of the river’s edge and gradually receding inland. It is positioned at the western edge of Brooklyn looking directly across to lower Manhattan over the East River, and the water views are simply unparalleled. Its quiet, picturesque streets are lined with low-rise townhouses and Greek Revival and Italianate houses and mansions which are under no threat of change, as this was the very first neighborhood to become officially protected by the 1965 Landmarks Preservation Law of New York City.


History

Formerly a heavily fortified battleground of the Battle of Long Island during the Revolutionary War, Brooklyn Heights soon became New York’s first significant commuter town in the early 19th century, when a new steam ferry service offered reliable transportation to Wall Street. In the mid-1950s, new property owners pioneered the so-called “brownstone revival” by purchasing and carefully renovating the amazing 19th-century homes throughout the Heights, and thereby primed the neighborhood for its landmark status which arrived in 1965. Over 600 pre-Civil War houses still stand in Brooklyn Heights, and the neighborhood has uniquely unified a profound architectural history with all the delightful amenities, restaurants, and nightlife one would expect in Brooklyn’s most exclusive enclave.