Bordered by Atlantic Avenue to the south, Cadman Park and Court Street
to the east, Brooklyn Heights commands a spectacular view of lower Manhattan.
History abounds at every turn. It was here that George Washington slipped
his troops across the East River while the English slept. Columbia Heights
was the residence of the Roebling family while they constructed the
Brooklyn Bridge. A casual stroll in the proximity of the Heights Promenade
will turn up quaint two story carriage houses as well as wood frame
residences dating from the 19th century.
The Heights has never really been an outer-borough neighborhood. But
since the Court Street and Atlantic Avenue commercial nexus went from
urban no-mans-land to mini-mall (replete with deep-pocketed chains
like Barnes & Noble, Ben & Jerry's, CVS, and a Regal multiplex),
families are even less inclined to move away from the neighborhood.
While most are thrilled with the commercial facelift, skyrocketing rents
have edged out a few neighborhood institutions like Peter's Ice
Cream, which closed last year after a 77 percent rent increase. Farther
down in Cobble Hill, old men still keep watch from their lawn chairs
over a vibrant mix of fish stores, butchers, bakeries, and delis. Still,
scarcity of product has fed the sellers' market, and prices are approaching
uptown Manhattan levels.
Atlantic Avenue boasts Mideastern delights galore while Montague Street
is where the young at heart can be found at all hours. Brooklyn's Borough
Hall is located just off Court Street, so named because of the Federal,
City and State Courts nearby. For those who commute to the city, Brooklyn
Heights is a mere ten minute subway ride to Manhattan.
Areas of interest in Brooklyn: (click for information)
Brooklyn real estate (general)
Brooklyn Heights real estate
Carroll Gardens real estate
Cobble Hill real estate
Park Slope real estate
Gowanus real estate
Windsor Terrace real estate