"Brooklyn, Once the Third Largest City in America"
Brooklyn Heights, New York City's first suburb, was largely developed before the Civil War. The picturesque streets have been home to famous artists, politicians and businessmen. Much of the neighborhood has been featured in movies - - Moonstruck, Prizzi's Honor and countless others. Baby boomers will remember the popular theme song from the classic sitcom The Patty Duke Show, whose title character "has only seen the sights a girl can see from Brooklyn Heights."
Elegant 19th century row houses featuring many architectural styles: Greek Revival, Federal, Italianate, Queen Anne and Romanesque, line the streets of Brooklyn Heights. The Heights has a colorful history. Walt Whitman, Arthur Miller and Truman Capote lived and wrote here. Still standing is a private mansion which housed both a brothel and a Franciscan monastery.
The Brooklyn Bridge was the first bridge to be built across the East River and is one of New York's most iconic structures. The story of why and how the bridge came to be is a narrative that reaches deep into the culture and history of 19th Century New York. After your walk, refresh yourself at Grimaldi's Pizzaria and the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, both on Fulton Ferry Landing.
DUMBO, or Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, sits between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges on the Brooklyn side of the East River. For many decades it was a manufacturing district, housing warehouses and factories that made machinery, paper boxes and Brillo soap pads. In the 1970s it evolved into an artists community with large and inexpensive loft apartment spaces for studios and homes. Over time it has become increasingly gentrified with upscale loft apartments, art galleries and boutiques. In 2007 DUMBO became a historic district.
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