Notables from George Washington to writers and artists, gravitate to Brooklyn Heights.
Encouraged by Robert Fulton's ferry from Manhattan in 1814, residents built handsome houses of wood, brick and brownstone in all the principal styles of the 19th century, earning designation of the heights as New York City's first Historic District in 1965.
Abraham Lincoln prayed at Plymouth Church where abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher preached for 40 years. Around the corner, Walt Whitman printed his "Leaves of Grass." Years later, contemporary artists came to live in Brooklyn Heights.
Important educational and cultural institutions have added to the neighborhood: St. Francis College, Brooklyn Law School and top preparatory institutions. Montague Street, the 150 year-old central commercial street, play a key role in this neighborhood.
Throughout the year, the promenade attracts thousands of visitors with its view of New York harbor, the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge.
Beneath the promenade, Brooklyn Bridge Park will beautify the waterfront.
"I live in Brooklyn. By choice." Truman Capote, 70 Willow Street