Brooklyn Heights Promenade

I’d held off long enough.  Brooklyn Heights.  The Brooklyn Heights.  It was waiting for me.

One of the whole points of this blog is to try and capture the wonders of New York City.  There is so much here, and there are so many people here, and so many things going on; that any single picture or set of pictures can’t begin to capture it.  In truth, every city, town, and area is also incapable of being captured so simply, but there’s so much to NYC that you really can’t begin to capture more than the tiniest sliver of the present, much less the past.  This blog may be a mile wide, but it’s a sixteenth of an inch deep.

Brooklyn Heights has something that no other place I’ve written about has.  It has the single best view of Manhattan that there is.  It’s called the Promenade.

Brooklyn Heights Promenade 1

That’s southern Manhattan you see there.  If you want to be anyplace and see picture-postcard Manhattan, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade is where you want to go. 

Okay, an air view of Manhattan is better, but let’s allow for the cheapness of your host to forego a multi-hundred dollar, several-minute-long-helicopter-ride.  It cost me $2 to get to the Promenade and I stayed for quite a while.

Here’s a medley of the views possible from the Promenade.

From the entrance at Montegue Street.

Promenade view 12

It’s nicely lined with benches and there’s lots of room for runners, bikers, and strollers.  That’s the Brooklyn Bridge in the distance (remember, this is only southern Manhattan).

Brooklyn Heights Promenade 13

Time it right and you can see the Staten Island Ferry.  Oh, and that’s Ellis Island just past the ferry.

 Promenade view 14 - ferry and Ellis Island

And the Statue of Liberty. (Governor’s Island is between the view of the Statue and the Statue itself.)

Promenade View 15 - Statue of Liberty

Another view of southern Manhattan.

Promenade view 16

A slightly better view of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Promenade view 18 - Brooklyn Bridge

There are a couple of things to complain about with regard to the Promenade.  First, it’s set up high to clear the view of the highway that rumbles beneath.  That’s great, actually.  But what I find distracting is all the pier area in front of the Promenade.  It is still a working area, so it’s a minor quibble, but some of the majesty is certainly a bit diminished.

Promenade view 28 - open area

Like I said, minor but distracting.

Incidentally, the Promenade itself is very photogenic.  Here’s a southward view.

Brooklyn Heights 20

And a northward view from the same spot.

Promenade view - northward

But the last thing to “complain” about is….it’s boring.  Music, displays, protests, are all prohibited here.  It’s just so quiet.  You’ve got the view.  Great view.  The view says “I’m Manhattan!!!!!  Come on over!!!!!!” 

Hey, I’m in Manhattan already.

-H

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6 Comments on “Brooklyn Heights Promenade”

  1. Mankafii Says:

    We all enjoyed our three cosure meals last Tuesday (26 June) before taking our visitors to the airport. A great meal to enjoy (in the sun) before returning to the UK Unhurried, freshly cooked meals to order before the stress of the Airport and check in, Could become a Tradition!!


  2. A 2BR government subsidized apartment is not easy to get on such short notice. There is usually a huge waiting list to get into these types of housing. My grandparents got into their govt subsidized apartment in Chinatown after a 15 year wait! I doubt you can secure one in such short notice.To move all your stuff to NYC, you’d have to hire some movers to truck all your furniture, clothes, electronics, etc… The cost to move your stuff could cost up to $ 2000…depending on how much stuff you have. Of course, you’d have to have an address first so they know where to deliver your stuff to, so that means you’d need to come to NYC a month or two beforehand to sign a lease to a place. If you want to go cheap, you can probably take Boltbus or Megabus to get to NYC for less than $ 10. If you have any friends in the city, maybe hit them up for a favor and crash with them for the weekend while you search for an apartment. Make sure you do your homework first and find out which part of Manhattan/Brooklyn you want to move to. Search some rental sites to become familiar with the areas. If you don’t get a rent-subsidized apartment, expect to pay anywhere from $ 2000 to $ 4000/month for a 2BR apartment in Manhattan….Brooklyn, depending on where you decide can be almost as expensive if you’re in Brooklyn Heights but much less if you go further into Brooklyn. Look around on the internet to see what the going rents are in each neighborhood so you won’t be surprised when you start looking around. Was this answer helpful?


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  4. Parrak Says:

    A 2BR government subsidized apartment is not easy to get on such short notice. There is usually a huge waiting list to get into these types of housing. My grandparents got into their govt sbusidized apartment in Chinatown after a 15 year wait! I doubt you can secure one in such short notice.To move all your stuff to NYC, you’d have to hire some movers to truck all your furniture, clothes, electronics, etc The cost to move your stuff could cost up to $ 2000 depending on how much stuff you have. Of course, you’d have to have an address first so they know where to deliver your stuff to, so that means you’d need to come to NYC a month or two beforehand to sign a lease to a place. If you want to go cheap, you can probably take Boltbus or Megabus to get to NYC for less than $ 10. If you have any friends in the city, maybe hit them up for a favor and crash with them for the weekend while you search for an apartment. Make sure you do your homework first and find out which part of Manhattan/Brooklyn you want to move to. Search some rental sites to become familiar with the areas. If you don’t get a rent-subsidized apartment, expect to pay anywhere from $ 2000 to $ 4000/month for a 2BR apartment in Manhattan .Brooklyn, depending on where you decide can be almost as expensive if you’re in Brooklyn Heights but much less if you go further into Brooklyn. Look around on the internet to see what the going rents are in each neighborhood so you won’t be surprised when you start looking around. Was this answer helpful?


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