Brooklyn Heights and the Brooklyn Bridge | New York City
Itinerary for the best of Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO including several scenic views, parks, playgrounds, even kayaks and live theater on the waterfront . . .
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Clark Street via 2 or 3 train (red)
High Street - Brooklyn Bridge Station via A or C train (blue)
$ | Public Mass Transit
If you are taking the subway to the area then the best subway stop is either the Clark Street Station if you are on the 2 or 3 train or the High Street-Brooklyn Bridge station if you are on the A or C train.
Coming from New Jersey you can take the PATH train from Jersey City to the World Trade Center and then walk about 5 minutes to the Fulton Street station where you can catch the 2 or 3 train, it’s only 2 stops, Wall Street and then Clark Street.
The cost of the New York City subway is a flat $2.75 per ride. You are charged when you swipe into the system and once in, you can make as many transfers or continue on the system for as long as you like for that initial cost. The minimum unlimited pass is 7 days for $32 per pass.
If you are taking a taxi or ride-share to the area then have the driver drop you off at the corner of Henry and Montague.
If you don’t already have a transit app you love, I’d suggest Citymapper. Great app for point to point directions.
Lassen & Hennigs
$$ | Local deli/bakery serving sweets and sandwiches
114 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
If you are looking for a great quick spot to grab some coffee and breakfast to go check out L&H. This a local landmark that’s been serving some of the best breakfast sandwiches and lunch salads and sandwiches in the neighborhood for 70 years.
Enjoy the walk down the picturesque Montague street in Brooklyn Heights and then pop in the market for a quick bite to go. There are no seats, everything is grab and go. This is perfect if the weather is nice it’s just a 5 minute walk to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade where you can take a seat and enjoy your breakfast with the backdrop of the Lower Manhattan skyline.
Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Free | Public Park
Montague St &, Pierrepont Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11201
From L&H, you’ll be just a couple blocks from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and the quaint streets of Brooklyn Heights. Take a stroll and then enjoy your breakfast with the skyline of lower Manhattan in the background. It’s a great place to scout out your stops for the day and take in the Statute of Liberty, the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges from a distance.
Free | Public playground
Pierrepont Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Just a block from the promenade at the corner of Pierrepoint Place and Pierrepont Street you’ll find the aptly named Pierrepont Playground. It’s the perfect place for little ones to get some energy out.
Truman Capote's House
* Private Residence * | Historical landmark but NOT a museum
70 Willow St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
After a little time at the playground keep strolling the streets of Brooklyn Heights. A little walk down Willow Street you’ll find the former residence of the writer Truman Capote. This is now a private residence so don’t knock on the door but enjoy a little slice of history from a distance. The home recently sold, you can read a bit more about here and here.
Kayaking - Brooklyn Bridge Park
Saturday & Sunday 9:30AM - 2PM
If you are looking for a little adventure after your stroll through Brooklyn Heights then head down to Pier 2 for a little Kayaking on the East River. You can get down to the waterfront by walking down Columbia Heights. it will take you down the hill and from there you can head left toward the pier.
The kayaking is free and offered Saturday and Sunday from about 9:30AM -2PM. It is popular so you might have a wait but if it’s a beautiful day it’s a great spot to take in the Manhattan skyline.
Children under 14 must ride with an adult in a double kayak.
Jane’s Carousel is another great attraction in Brooklyn Bridge Park and loved by everyone young and old. If you’re looking for a great spot to put your feet up and grab a coffee afterward stop by Almondine Bakery or One Girl Cookies. Both are neighborhood favorites The park is also host to different outdoor events throughout the year such as outdoor Opera and it’s often a site for movie shoots and wedding photography.
One Girl Cookies
$$ | Charming neighborhood bakery offering cookies & cakes plus coffee, savory snacks, wine & beer
33 Main St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Either before or after lunch you may find yourself in need of something sweet and a little caffeine. One of the best neighborhood spots is One Girl Cookies. It’s on the corner of Water Street and Main Street and offers delicious coffees, whoopie pies and a beautiful space to put your feet up before your next adventure.
$$ | Hip, counter-serve chain for gourmet takes on fast-food classics like burgers & frozen custard.
1 Old Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
If you are looking for a little lunch after a full morning on the river and in the park, checkout the DUMBO Shake Shack. This is a New York born fast food burger joint. The vibe inside is nice, as far as fast food spots go it’s very nice. You can get beer and wine as well as a solid burger and fries. If you are looking for a healthier option checkout Westville Dumbo on Washington. Also a local chain that serves up grilled tuna and rice bowls.
The Brooklyn Bridge
Free | Public walk and bike path
Walking entrance near the intersection of Cadman Plaza East and Prospect Street. It’s a small stairwell under the overpass of the Brooklyn Bridge
Seeing the Brooklyn Bridge is a wonderful way to start or end a trip to New York City. It’s a perfect blend of American history, architecture and modern day scale and function that’s still relevant and still impressive. The bridge dates back to the 1880s when it was the longest suspension bridge and to this day carries a ton of traffic in and out of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
The entrance to the walking path is not well highlighted or marked but it’s underneath the bridge itself near the corner of Cadman Plaza East and Prospect Street. I would recommend walking the bridge if it’s your first time visiting. You will see some places to rent bikes but the bridge can get very crowded and there is only one stair case near this entrance. To ride a bike on the ramp starts about 5 minutes away at the corner of Tillary Street and Brooklyn Bridge Boulevard.
When you enter on the walking path you will notice there is one side designated for walking and one for biking. If you hang to the far right side of the walking path you will find your experience is much more enjoyable. A lot of bikers use the path and most are not patient with tourists or walkers straggling in the bike lane.
$$ | Classic & specialty pies from a coal-fired oven in a modern space by pizza legend Patsy Grimaldi
19 Old Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
If dinner rolls around and you are in the mood for New York style pizza then head to Juliana’s. Juliana’s is really the old Grimaldi's Pizzeria. While Grimaldi’s is the landmark in the neighborhood, it was sold many years ago and the pizza is very very average now. Juliana’s is the newer spot opened by the real Grimaldi after he sold Grimaldi’s. If this all sounds like a Seinfeld episode, it’s New York - what do you expect.
Brooklyn Bridge Park - The Importance of Being Earnest
Free | Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 Salt Marsh, Pier 1, 334 Furman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
If the weather is perfect then end the night by taking in a free performance of Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest. The play moves throughout Brooklyn Bridge Park so you can follow the cast throughout Pier 1 in this intimate, mobile performance where scenes will unfold in various locations.
The play is known as one of the great comedies in the English language, Wilde’s 1895 classic is a satire of social manners and obligations in Victorian England. If the weather is agreeable it will be a fun outing for the family offering a little comedy and some breathtaking views.