Monday, June 7, 2010
Brooklyn, New York Tourism
Brooklyn Heights was New York’s first suburb, linked to the city first by ferry and later by the Brooklyn Bridge. In the 1940s and 1950s the Heights was an alternative to the bohemian haven of Greenwich Village – home to writers including Carson McCullers, W.H.Auden and Norman Mailer. In the late 1960s the neighborhood was designated New York’s first historic district.
The Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims was a center of abolitionist sentiment in theyears before the Civil War, thanks to the oratory of the eminent theologian Henry Ward Beecher. Willow Street, between Clark and Pierre Pont streets is one of Brooklyn Heights’ prettiest and most architecturally varied blocks. Pierre Pont Street ends at the Brooklyn Heights promenade, a quiet sliver of park lined with benches offering a dramatic vista of the Manhattan skyline. Just off the promenade’s south end, Montague Street, the commercial spine of the Heights, offers a flurry of shops, case and restaurants.