Living in Brooklyn Heights: Things to Do and See in Brooklyn Heights, New York CityBrooklyn Heights is the quintessential New York City neighborhood. America’s “first suburb” sits at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge with sweeping vistas of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and Governors Island. The genteel, urban village atmosphere has been a draw for nearly two centuries. Past residents Truman Capote, W.E.B Dubois, Arthur Miller, and Walt Whitman can attest to that. Shopping, dining, and entertainment are on the doorstep as is a vibrant arts scene (Brooklyn’s first gallery opened here in 1958). The neighborhood is famous for its beautiful period architecture: stately brownstones, mansions, and rowhouses, more than 600 of which were built in the 19th century. The Brooklyn Heights Historic District, formed in 1965, was the first designated historic district in New York City. It includes Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade on the East River waterfront—made famous in such films as Annie Hall and Moonstruck.