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A Walk in Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn is one of the five boroughs of New York City, right across downtown Manhattan. A walk in Brooklyn Heights is a walk to remember. There’s history, architecture, intrigues, trivia, literature, scenic view, food, nature and leisure as we walked around one nice autumn day a few days ago.

Instead of exploring Brooklyn Heights on our own (with a friend and my brother), we decided to join Free Tours By Foot, a name-your-price walking tour whose mission is to show the best of New York City to anyone (locals and tourists alike) who wants to discover the city that never sleeps without worrying too much about paying exhorbitant prices–compared to other sightseeing/walking tours. Though it’s billed as a free walking tour, attendees are encouraged to give (not pay) whatever they can or whatever they think the tour costs. Freeloaders are welcome, of course, but, really…??? 🙂

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Brooklyn Heights is said to be America’s first suburb—and even today, it’s still an upper middle class neigborhood.

Brooklyn Heights New York Walking Tour

View from Brooklyn Heights.

We started our Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour at Brooklyn Borough City Hall. 

Brooklyn Heights New York City Walking Tour

Brooklyn Borough City Hall

Then, we were introduced to Jackie Robinson, the first African-American baseball player on a major baseball league. 

Brooklyn Heights New York City Walking Tour

A tribute to Jackie Robinson

And then to some architectural styles. 

Brooklyn Heights New York City Walking Tour

At Brooklyn Heights.

Greek, Art-deco, Renaissance, Gothic, etc…

Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour

The facade of Brooklyn Historical Society is ornamented with heroic busts from historical figures. 

Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour

Brooklyn Historical Society Building Facade

This mansion was once owned by a Titanic survivor. They survived the sinking of the unsinkable ship but they never survived bankruptcy during the Depression Era. 

Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour New York City

St. Anne and the Holy Trinity Church is well-known for its 55 stained glasses that depict scenes from the Old Testament. 

Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour

Brooklyn is home to well-known literary figures, such as Truman Capote (Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Three Stories), Leaves of Grass: The Original 1855 Edition (Dover Thrift Editions), H.P. Lovecraft, Norman Mailer, etc….

Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour New York City

Here, in this simple abode, Death of a Salesman Also, in this building, Norman Mailer once lived here where he wrote part of his WWII novel, “The Naked and the Dead.”

Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour New York City

Henry Miller’s lives here.

Creepy. Here lies Dracula and Frankenstein?  

New York City Walking Tour Heights Brooklyn Photo

A backyard Halloween decorations.

Buildings made of brownstones are everywhere. 

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In Fall, most of the streets and corners in Brooklyn Heights are covered in colors like this.  

free Walking tour in New York City Brookyln Fall Colors

This is the Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims. Leading abolitionist, Henry Ward Beecher (brother of Uncle Tom’s Cabin writer, Harriet Beecher Stowe), made a mock up of how the black slaves were auctioned to the public.  

Brooklyn Church of the Pilgrims New York City Brooklyn Bridge View

In the Church’s courtyard, Abrahan Lincoln’s statue is plastered on its wall. 

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At Brooklyn Heights.

There’s a grand view waiting for every tired visitors at Brooklyn Heights Promenade. 

Brooklyn Height Promenade

A view of Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn Heights Promenade. 

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Not far, is the stunning view of Brooklyn Bridge.  

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At Grimaldi’s Pizza Place, there’s always people queueing up. Why? It’s New York’s #1 pizza! 

Grimaldi's Pizza Brooklyn New York
Grimaldi’s Pizza in Brooklyn Heights

At Brooklyn Eagle, Walt Whitman (Oh Captain, My Captain!) was an editor for two years, circa 1946-1948.

Eagle Warehouse in Brooklyn New York

There’s an interesting fact that six days after the Brooklyn Bridge was opened to the public, a rumor circulated that the bridge is going to collapse which resulted to a stampede. To prove the hearsay wrong, 21 elephants were paraded, crossing between Brooklyn and Manhattan.  

Brooklyn Bridge View of New York Manhattan

Brooklyn Bridge

The view from Fulton Ferry District. 

Brooklyn Bridge View of New York Manhattan

View of Manhattan

Traveling with your sweetheart? Don’t forget to leave a lock for …. whatever… 🙂 

Lover's Lock in Brooklyn Bridge Heights

Isn’t it sweet? 

Lover's Lock in Brooklyn Bridge Heights

Lover’s Lock

Before we wrapped up our Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour, we dropped by at Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. 

Ice Cream Factory in Brooklyn Bridge

Ice Cream Factory

Yummy! 

Ice cream factory in brooklyn bridge heights

We also queued up for 30 minutes at Grimaldi’s to take out pizza. We brought it to Brooklyn Bridge and sat there to devour it like we could eat a lion. 

Grimaldi Pizza in New York

 

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5 Responses to “A Walk in Brooklyn Heights”

  1. Emma
    November 13, 2013 at 1:19 PM #

    Did you line up at Grimaldi’s, too?
    We were there but left after 20 minutes of standing outdoor.
    Was it worth it?

    • TheSojourner
      November 14, 2013 at 12:20 AM #

      Emma,
      We did line up for almost 30 minutes but we took it out and brought the pizza to Brooklyn Bridge. There are benches there so we occupied one of those and devoured it with much gusto. But honestly, it was just ok. Maybe, I was so hungry that I didn’t really care about the taste. :))

  2. Walter
    November 13, 2013 at 2:31 PM #

    I love my Brooklyn!

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