Brooklyn Journals

Brooklyn Heights

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A travel journal to Brooklyn by Zanne

Cadman Plaza Towers Photo, Brooklyn, New York More Photos
Quote: Brooklyn Heights was New York City's first suburb. It overlooks lower Manhattan and can be reached by boat as well as bus, train or best of all by walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. It is the first stop in Brooklyn of south bound #2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, M, and R trians. The narrow streets are lined with Victorian Era brownstone townhouses that are decorated with wrought iron. These lovely buidings have been preserved to serve as both residential and business spaces for a variety of restaurants, unique shops, and elegant galleries.

Brooklyn Heights

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Overview

Little Shop On The Corner Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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Brooklyn Heights is one of the most popular tour destinations in New York City. Big buses bearing the logos of familiar tour companies park on the narrow streets while their riders are sheparded past the lovely Victorian brownstone-fonted townhouses to The Promenade for the view of the Manhattan skyline made famous by dozens of TV shows and movies among them NYC Blue,Moonstruck, and Pritzi's Honor. It is not at all unusual to see film crews and popular stars hard at work in the streets and buildings of Brooklyn Heights. In addition walking tours lead by groups such as Big Onion and the Urban Park Rangers emphasize the famous people who have lived here among them Truman Copote, Clark...Read More

Tutt Cafe

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Restaurant | "The Tut Cafe"

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The Tut Cafe serves delicious Middle Eastern food. Their baked-to-order pitas arrive as steam-filled balls with delicate surfaces that have no resemblance to the flat, leaden bread served in most Middle Eastern establishments. For less than ten dollars they prepare a generous five "salad" platter with humus, babaghanous, tabouleh, foul, and stuffed grape leaves, which makes a lovely summer dinner for two hungry people. And if you are there on a hot day, be sure to try the iced hybiscus drink which is not sold in any of the dozen other neighborhood Middle Eastern restaurants. Another unique dish is the pitza-like lambajin, baked bread dough topped with lamb and tomato flavored with cinnamon and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 22, 2000

Tutt Cafe
47 Hicks St
Brooklyn, New York 11201
(718) 722-7777

Henry's End Restaurant

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Restaurant

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Causal dress and gourmet cuisine, the best of both worlds! The bare brick walls are covered with Brooklyn themed art. And if you sit toward the back of the narrow restaurant you can watch the chef's faces while they work. Each of the personable staff members seems to take a genuine interest in your meal choice and responses to it. Henry's End has an excellent selection of wines and beers and a delicious basic menu that offers full and half portions. But what makes the restaurant unique is changing daily menu of wild and exotic foods such as elk or kangaroo steaks. And if you are there, be sure to leave room for the exquisite desserts. The only drawback here is that whe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 22, 2000

Henry's End Restaurant
44 Henry Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201
718 834 1776

Park Plaza Restaurant

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Restaurant

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Park Plaza Restaurant is a huge diner-type restaurant with giant menus offering foods of every sort from almost every culture. You can choose Italian pasta of any shape in tomato, pesto, or Alfredo sauce. Pot roast, meat loaf, and roast chickens that taste just like grandma used to make. While the Greek salad, spinach pie, musaka, or gyros are made from the recipies that were used by the owener's mother. They serve generous breakfasts at any hour. Be careful not to let the bread basket and pickle tray that arrive before the meal become the meal. I carry home a "doggy bag" almost everytime I eat dinner here. Even the baked goods are enormous! Muffins are the size of grapefruits...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 22, 2000

Park Plaza Restaurant
220 Cadman Plaza West
Brooklyn, New York 11201
(718) 596-5900

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Feel the romantic ambience as you climb the antique, iron stairway that leads from the street to this second-floor restaurant. This is one of the last of these unique two-level, Victorian commercial buildings that exist only on this one street in Brooklyn Heights. The lovely Amin Indian Restaurant serves excellent Indian food at reasonable prices. There is a wide selection of appetizers and breads as well as curries and tandoori dishes. The menu is notable for the large number of vegetarian options. And the somewhat English impared staff works hard to please customers. If one of the tables in the bow window is free, grab it and enjoy first rate people watching on the street below. Mon...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 22, 2000

Amin Indian Restaurant
140 Montague St
Brooklyn, New York 11201
718 855 4791

Fascati Pizza

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Restaurant

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Fascati Pizza, the name says it all! This is the best Italian pizza in Brooklyn Heights. The crust is crewy, sauce is tangy, and the cheese is thick and stretchy. If you like New York style pizza, this is as good as it gets! A slice is $1.50; a pie is $9.50 small or $11.00 large. They also do all the new gourmet styles with vegetables, fresh garlic, pineapple, and anything else you can think of for topins, $1.25 to $2.50 more per item on a pie. The Italian countermen are cheerful and fast. Everything they serve is generously portioned. They make delicious hot heros for $5 to $6, calzones for $4, and rolls for $3, as well as traditional veal $9 and pasta dishes $7. The decor is t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 24, 2001

Fascati Pizza
80 Henry St
Brooklyn, New York 11201
718 2371278

Brooklyn Heights Promenade

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Attraction | "The Promenade"

Brooklyn Heights Promenade Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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Brookly Heights is famous for The Promenade. This six-block long, flagstone-covered walkway along The East River shore faces lower Manhattan and has been the setting for dozens of movies and television shows. Another place to see The Promenade depicted is the arcade leading to the Clark Street Subway Station; this is the closest stop to The Promenade, number 2 and 4 IRT trains stop here. These wonderful tiled-murals show images of local people and their pets enjoying a sunny summer afternoon on The Promenade. Do not miss the beautiful mini-gardens that volunteers and the Parks Department personal have created on the median that separates the public s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 18, 2001

Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Above The Brooklyn Queens Expwy Between Remsen And Orange Streets
Brooklyn, New York

Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims

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Attraction | "Plymouth Church of the Pilgrams"

Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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Today Plymouth Church of the Pilgrams looks elegant and sedate. Outside it consists of two, Victorian Era, red-brick buildings joined by a windowed arcade that passes behind a lovely garden courtyard. Inside the sanctuary has the pure white walls and simple architecture that typifies traditional early American churches. But in 1847, it was the pulpit of the famed orator Henry Ward Beecher. He drew crowds of 2,500 every Sunday with opinionated sermons that opposed slavery, and favoured temperance and woman's suffrage. At the center of the tree-shaded courtyard between the church and the school buildings there is a statue of Rev. Beecher holding the mock slave auction with which ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 23, 2001

Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims
Orange & Hicks
Brooklyn, New York 11201
(718) 624-9385

Brooklyn Exchange

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Attraction | "The Brooklyn Women's Exchange"

Brooklyn Exchange Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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The Brooklyn Woman's Exchange is run by volunteers for the purpose of raising money for charity. It is located on a residential street. Do not be fooled by the small front window, the shop runs deep. Nothing sold here is available anywhere else in the New York area and many of the items are exclusive. The shop sells lavishly laced and hand embroidered baby gifts including bonnets, robes, and christening gowns; exquisite housewears that make lovely gifts such as tea towels, salad bowls, and gourmet jams, mustards, teas, etc. in baskets. There are also wooden toys (blocks, rocking and hobby horses), sweaters, silver jewelry, and china. The labels include the name...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 23, 2001

Brooklyn Exchange
55 Pierpont Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201
(718) 624-3435

Architecture

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Story/Tip

Cadman Plaza Towers Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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Brooklyn Heights was the first architectually landmarked area in the United States. In the 1950's ten blocks of beautiful hundred-year-old brownstones were destroyed to make way for Cadman Plaza, a complex of four 35 story-high concrete apartment towers and many cement-faced townhouses surrounded by barren private plazas. In response the residents of Brooklyn Heights formed a neighborhood association that fought for and achived legal protection covering all of the remaining brownstones. Prior to the Civil War, Brooklyn Heigths had the same wrought iron railings and balconies that make New Orleans so charming. And they were created by the same New York State foundries. However during the War Betw...Read More