High above the East River at the edge of a leafy-green neighborhood of townhouses and brownstones is one of the most romantic walkways in the city, a favorite for many New Yorkers – and it's in Brooklyn. That's how Jo-Anne Elikann – author of "111 Places in New York That You Must Not Miss." describes the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. In this visual story, we are going to explore this spot, also with photographer's eyes, since it is one of the best spots to Photograph New York.

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For good reason, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade has been features in films like Annie Hall and Moonstruck.

Whether you take a leisurely stroll or park yourself on a bench along its 1/3 mile-long esplanade, you'll be treated to cinematographic views of the Statue of Liberty, Freedom Tower, lower Manhattan's skyline, and Brooklyn Bridge.

On a scale of one to ten, the view from here is eleven. What you see is daytime – regardless of season and weather – is dramatic. At dusk it's pure magic. As the sun descends, the city is illuminated from behind, haloed in shades of pink, purple, and orange.

When darkness falls, a million lights blink on. It's a sight you'll treasure forever.

Brooklyn Heights is the oldest residential neighborhood in Brooklyn and its first Historic Preservation District. As early as the 1700s, rich merchants and sea captains built mansions here to enjoy the city and river views. 

Since colonial times, prominent New Yorkers have resided here, and many do now. The luckiest one have windows that face the ever-changing skyline.

The Promenade, built in 1950 on an elevated platform, was designed to eclipse a major highway – the Brooklyn-Quees-Expressway – connecting the adjoining boroughs. Hiding busy traffic lanes beneath helps preserve the charm of the neighborhood.

This is the perfect spot for strolling, jogging, reading, picnicking, walking the dog, taking a tan, and, of course, taking memorable photos. Brooklyn Heights Promenade inspires romance. Countless first dates here have led to marriage proposals on a return trip. It is the ideal spot to strike up a nice conversation for hours and hours, and even enjoying some wine – from paper cups, if you know what I mean. 


Subway Clark St. (Trains 2,3), High St. (A,C), Court St. (R)

Bus B25, B26, B38, B41, B45, B52, B61, B63

NY WaterTaxi Dumbo-Brooklyn Bridge Park

Hours Daily dawn-1AM

Tip Brooklyn Historical Society is three blocks away at 128 Pierrepont Street