Brooklyn Heights is a picturesque and affluent Brooklyn neighborhood just across the river from Wall Street, making it an ideal community for those working in the city's Financial District. Many of the stately, well-preserved brownstones, brick residences, and carriage houses on its leafy streets date back to before the Civil War – in fact, it's the first city neighborhood that achieved protected landmark status. Its idyllic setting has drawn in notable residents like writers Henry Miller, Truman Capote, and Norman Mailer and today it's a popular place for low key celebrities.
While there is a smattering of restaurants offering everything from pizza to Middle Eastern to French fare, you're not going to find the density of dining options that other nearby neighborhoods have. There are also some bars and pubs but nightlife here tends to be pretty tame, which is fine for the young families that reside here.
The Brooklyn Heights Promenade is a pedestrian walkway perched on the hills of the neighborhood that has stunning views of the city. Just below the Promenade is the Brooklyn Bridge Park, which features a walking and biking path, gardens, picnic areas, and several piers with playgrounds, dog runs, basketball, volleyball, and handball courts, soccer fields, a beach, roller rink, and a ferry to Governor's Island parklands.
There are several well regarded private schools in the neighborhood.
Wall Street: 2.6 miles / 10-25 minutes by car / 10 minutes by transit
Rockefeller Center: 7.3 miles / 25-45 minutes by car / 35-40 minutes by transit
Jersey City: 9 miles / 30-55 minutes by car / 35-45 minutes by transit
Downtown Brooklyn: 0.5 miles / 5-10 minutes by car / 10 minutes by transit / 15 minutes by foot