The wealthy neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights is found in the New York City Borough of Brooklyn. The neighborhood is well known for its low-rise architecture and the multitudes of brownstone row-houses.

Architectural Charm Of Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Heights is recognized as the first neighborhood that was protected by the 1965 Landmarks Preservation Law of New York City. The types of buildings that make up this area are mainly row-houses and some mansions. There are various architectural styles that are present, some of the styles you will see include Victorian Gothic, Greek Revival, Italianate, Neo-Grec, and Classical Revival. The material used to build these buildings was mainly brownstone of a reddish-brown stone from Passaic County, New Jersey.

The townhouses found in this area are normally five stories and are larger than the others in Brooklyn neighborhoods. In a typical brownstone row-house, the main floor is above the street level and can be reached using stairs. You are likely to find the basement a half-flight down the street, which when the brownstones were originally built, were used as the workstations for servants.

There are not that many high-rise buildings in Brooklyn Heights. Historic buildings that you will find in this area include, the Long Island Historical Society, St. Ann’s and the Holy Trinity Church and the First Unitarian Congregational Society.

If you want to live in this neighborhood that is known for its brownstones you can expect to pay about $450,000 to $750,000 for a one bedroom, $950,000 to $1.35 million for a two-bedroom, and between $2.3  million to $3.2 million for a three-bedroom brownstone. If you are looking to rent you can expect to pay between $2,000 to $4,000 a month for a one bedroom place all the way to $5,000 to $10,000 for three bedrooms.

High Profile Residents Who Live There

Being a place with beautiful architecture, Brooklyn Heights attracts some pretty high profile residents. Some of those residents and their claims to fame are as follows:

  • Javier Bardem- The Spanish award-winning actor, who has won an Academy Award for best supporting actor for his role as a psychopath assassin in No Country for Old Men, has resided in Brooklyn Heights.
  • Tyra Banks-  Now more known for her modeling reality T.V. show, America’s Next Top Model, the retired American model, television personality and talk show host, has also lived here.
  • Bjork– Who can forget the quirky Icelandic singer-songwriter and her swan dress? in 2009 she moved into a Brooklyn Heights penthouse.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick– The famous couple, Sarah well known for her role as Carrie in Sex & The City and Matthew known for his Tony Award-winning work as well as being the adult voice of Simba in The Lion King, own two townhouses in south Brooklyn Heights on State Street near Sidney Place.
  • Walt Whitman- Moving things back in time, Walt Whitman, who was the editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle as well as one of America’s most influential poets.
  • Truman Capote- The well-known American novelist, screenwriter, actor, and playwright lived at 60 Willow Street in the neighborhood.

These are just some of the notable residents that have at one time or another lived or still live in this brownstone area.

The Neighborhood In Film

Alongside the well-known residents in this area, the neighborhood also lends itself to television and movies. Shows that have been set in the neighborhood are:

  • Moonstruck– the 1987 romantic film that paired Nicolas Cage and Cher was set in the neighborhood.
  • The Patty Duke Show– the 1960s TV show was set at 8 Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights. The neighborhood is also acknowledged in the show’s theme song.
  • Other shows use the interior and exterior of the neighborhood for their projects, some of these are; the police type drama White Collar, Boardwalk Empire, and Hostages.


There several subway services that will get you to Brooklyn Heights, mainly the A C F N R trains which you can take from Jay Street. If you are near Clark Street, you can use the 2 3 trains. Court Street at Borough Hall has the 2 3 4 5 N R trains. Getting a bus to take you directly to Brooklyn Heights can prove to be a bit of a challenge, however, there are bus services that have routes to take you closer to the neighborhood.

Emergency Access

Brooklyn Heights fire, hospital, and police department services are as follows:

Brooklyn Heights Fire Department
FDNY Engine 224
274 Hicks St, Brooklyn
NY,  11201
(718) 965-8224

NYPD 84th Precinct 
301 Gold Street, Brooklyn
NY, 11201-3003
(718) 875-6811

Mount Sinai Doctors- Brooklyn Heights
300 Cadman Plaza W, Brooklyn
NY, 11201
(929) 210-6000