Located on the water just below DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights is an affluent neighborhood full of brownstones and beautiful views. Though it's an upscale neighborhood, Brooklyn Heights welcomes visitors who want to walk along the beautiful piers and prominades of the neighborhood.
Brooklyn Heights started out as a port for ferries, supplying materials and resources to the farms in the area. The neighborhood was quickly fortified due to its strategic location, which is why George Washington retreated here after his defeat during the Battle of Long Island.
In 1814, the New York and Brooklyn Steamboat Company began to run scheduled ferries between Brooklyn Heights and Manhattan, encouraging further development. By the 1860’s the area had a grid system, as well as all the other amenities of other high profile neighborhoods. Unlike other high profile neighborhoods, Brooklyn Heights became an important part of the abolitionist movement, helping escaped enslaved people get to Canada.
The Brooklyn Bridge was completed in 1883, which made the area more accessible and popular. More affordable homes were built and artists and writers began moving to the area. Once the Great Depression hit, the affluent members of the community fled, making the neighborhood more accessible to the working class. However, construction of train lines and unpopular city planning promised to destroy the brownstones that covered the area.
Luckily, several organizations formed to oppose the plans, and saved many of the brownstones that slated for demolition. These groups also helped renovate the homes, making the area extremely popular again by the 1980’s. Now the neighborhood is back to its affluent roots.
There’s almost an equal amount of low to mid rise apartment complexes and brownstones. Luxury high rises are also pretty common in the neighborhoods due to the great views here. Brooklyn Heights has a bit of everything.
This is a more affluent neighborhood. The parks are nice, the restaurants are fancy, and the bars are full of class. This neighborhood can be a bit more expensive, but not so much that visitors will break the bank here.
This isn’t a party neighborhood. This area has places where celebrations are frequent, but they never last too long into the night. Brooklyn Heights is peaceful and quiet. People here respect their neighbors' space and privacy.
Brooklyn Heights is incredibly safe, clean, and friendly. There are plenty of schools and hospitals in the area. The homes here vary in size, so families of all sizes can be happy here. The neighborhood is a bit on the expensive side. But those who can afford it will be very happy raising a family here.
The New York City subway system provides access to Brooklyn Heights via the 2, 3, A, C, N, R, and W trains.
Biking is pretty popular in this area. There are miles of bike lanes and several Citi Bike docking stations, so cyclists should be able to navigate this area pretty easily.
Driving is difficult in this neighborhood. It’s close to the bridge, so traffic can get heavy. Parking provides an extra challenge.
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Brooklyn Heights is located within 11201. This area currently has 60,061 residents in 26,303 households. Out of the total population, 40.12% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this zipcode are currently unmarried and have a median age of 35.
When looking at residents older than 25, around 10.68% have graduated from high school, 34.51% have a bachelor's degree, and 36.26% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 65.5% and the median income in this zipcode is $109,472.
At least 63.74% of those living in this zipcode are renting their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 33 minutes.
Geographically, 11201 is a part of Kings County, New York. This county is currently home to 2,606,852 residents, or 938,803 households with a median income of $50,640. Kings County, New York residents have a median age of 35 and 70.55% are currently renting their homes in the area.
Finally, Kings County, New York is a part of the greater New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area. For those unfamiliar with the area, The New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area is currently home to a population 18,812,161 across 6,707,347 households. Those living in this urban area have a median income of $68,319 and median age of 38. In general, at least 50.07% of the residents are currently renting their homes in this area.