New York City - Video tour of Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn (Part 1)

Uploaded by NewYorkHabitat on 15.12.2011

Hi I'm David Hill with New York Habitat.
In this video tour
we're going to take you for a stroll
through the neighborhood
of Brooklyn Heights.
New York Habitat Video
with David Hill
Brooklyn Heights - Part 1, Brooklyn, New York
This will be the first
of a two-part series
on this fantastic neighborhood.
So be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel
and you'll be notified
when Part 2 comes out
in a few weeks.
Brooklyn Heights
is located across the Brooklyn Bridge
from Lower Manhattan.
It's bordered by the East River on the west,
the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to the north,
Cadman Plaza and Court Street to the east,
and Atlantic Avenue to the south.
One of the best things about Brooklyn Heights
is its many subway connections.
This area is served by no less than 9 lines,
so whether you're going to the East or West Side of Manhattan,
you'll rarely have to change trains.
From the transport hub at Borough Hall,
you can take the #2 express train to Times Square
or the #4 express train to Grand Central,
both about 15 minutes away.
Of course, the best way to get to Manhattan
is to walk or cycle across the Brooklyn Bridge.
First thing in the morning on the way to work
or at night after dinner downtown,
you'll always get amazing views of New York City.
This neighborhood is famous
for its stunning view of Manhattan
and the New York Harbor.
From the Brooklyn Heights Promenade,
you'll get a great view of the Statue of Liberty,
the Brooklyn Bridge
and even the Empire State Building.
The promenade was built
above the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in 1950.
Before, the land was private gardens.
Here on Middagh Street at number 24,
you'll find The Federal building,
the oldest house in the Heights,
dating back to1824.
Early Dutch settlers came to the Heights
in the 1640s,
and it was mostly farmland
for the next 150 years.
It wasn't until Robert Fulton
invented a fast ferry in 1814
that the population boomed
and streets like this got built up.
If you really want to absorb yourself into the culture
and daily life of Brooklyn,
you'll want to forgo the hotel
and book one of the many vacation rentals
or furnished apartments
that New York Habitat has to offer in the area.
There's no better way to truly enjoy
your stay in New York City.
This stretch of Henry Street
right at Pineapple Street
actually feels like a small town,
with a number of independent restaurants
and even a two-screen cinema.
If you're up early,
pop into family-run Cranberry's
for coffee and a raspberry scone.
For dinner, Henry's End is a local institution.
The Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims
on Orange Street was founded in 1847
and its first preacher was Henry Ward Beecher,
brother of the writer Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Beecher was a powerful abolitionist speaker
who drew crowds here on Sundays.
Visitors included Mark Twain,
Charles Dickens,
and Abraham Lincoln.
Well, I hope you've enjoyed our tour
of Brooklyn Heights
and of course,
there is a lot more to do and see
in this neighborhood.
If I've missed any of your favorite secrets
of Brooklyn Heights,
make sure you leave a comment
in the comment section below.
If you're planning a trip to New York,
do yourself a favor,
skip the boring hotel room
and rent a furnished apartment
or vacation rental
through New York Habitat.
Visit our website at
You're just a few clicks away
from living like a real New Yorker.
I'm David Hill with New York Habitat.
Thanks for hanging out with us today
in Brooklyn Heights.
Be sure to check out our other videos
where you'll find more tours and travel tips
and in the meantime,
we hope to see you soon
in the Big Apple.