Open Thread: The Most Beautiful ‘Aaaah’ Destination In Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Heights Blog’s 2012 series on the Best of the Heights this week is a suggestion from our Proprietor Homer Fink. He’d like to know your take on the Best Spot To Read the Paper, Relax, Ponder Life… and just go… Aaaah.” The Promenade is an obvious choice, but we feel certain that BHB readers have numerous other precious sanctuaries for solace.

Please share where you most enjoy peaceful moments in the Heights, outdoors or indoors, the time of day and/or day of the week and what makes it so special for you. Despite the natural inclination to fear that exposing your hallowed hideaway might compromise its tranquility, consider all the new neighborhood friends you might make, right?

If you’ve missed previous “Best Of” Open Threads, see them here: Most Beautiful Building, Best Burger, Best Dry Cleaner, Best Pizza Pie, Best Handyman, Best Car Service and Best Vet & Dog Walker. (Photo: Chuck Taylor/)

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  • lori

    You have it pictured; especially in the early morning hours when the sun is coming up and reflecting on all the buildings. It’s also beautiful at sunset. It covers all seasons – it’s fabulous in the winter when it’s covered with a new blanket of snow.

  • Jorale-man

    I find the benches along the waterfront between piers 5 and 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park are usually nice places to relax and read, especially at sunset.

    Vineapple and Tazza on Henry are good indoor spots.

    It’s in Cobble Hill but the little park on Clinton & Congress Streets is also worth the short walk.

  • HenryLOL

    The bench outside of Cranberry’s on Henry. Especially when you dont have to be at work and you can watch everyone else rushing around…

  • Boerum Bill

    Sure beats reading it on my porcelain throne!

  • Eric Smith

    Why would I post my secret spot. It’s hard enough getting away from the boring gentrification of the heights. When are all the bankers, Wall street workers, attorneys, hedge fund bleeders moving back to manhattan? Wishful thinking, I know. But this is the most lack luster part of brooklyn. Dumbo now is following in line.

  • Big Dave

    Any rooftop…

  • Monty

    Pier 1 on the grass down near the water. The grass is so cool on a warm day. It’s heaven.

  • GHB

    Eric, if you’re so miserable here, why don’t you get the #%*? out?

  • AEB

    What a nice, neighborly comment, GHB! The sort of post that makes reading a thread like this an unexpected pleasure!

  • AnnOfOrange

    I like walking around the neighborhood almost any season to look at the many little gardens and window boxes.

  • HenryLoL

    I agree with GHB — Get the %$*& out of here and stop complaining about people who have money. ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!

  • Andrew Porter

    When I walk around BH, I try to see stuff or unexpected views that I’ve walked by hundreds of times without really “seeing” them. The glimpses between buildings of hidden backyards are especially rewarding. That’s why the BHA House Tour is so wonderful—not only do we get to see the insides of wonderful homes, we get to see their gardens, and the places you’ll never see from the street.

  • WillowSt.Neighbor

    Thank you. You took the words right out of my mouth.
    As for Eric Smith, there are plenty of neighborhoods in Brooklyn to live in. We won’t miss him here.

  • Gerry

    @ Eric Smith – there is nothing new here in the Heights wall street professionals, etc. have been here for decades and will be here for decades to come.

    Brooklyn Heights has always been an upscale neighborhood and there is nothing lack-luster about it.

    I will agree that there are rude people here who are anti-semetic we see that often but you will find that in most all communities.

    My favorite spot remains The Promenade at the Remsen Street end this has been an extension of our livingroom for years just a few steps from our door on Montague Terrace.

  • Boerum Bill

    Must’ve been botulism in the bouillabaisse.

  • malanga es malanga

    It just wouldn’t be an Open Thread if Gerry didn’t mention that he lives on Montague Terrace.

  • HenryLoL

    Are people really anti-semetic here? I have never seen any anti-semitism anywhere in NYC – let alone Brooklyn!

  • David on Middagh

    For claustrophobes or people-watchers, the lunch tables at Borough Hall Plaza. I prefer a spot away from the hubbub of Court St. on one side or the other of the shade line–everchanging–depending on the season. A north-facing chair gives you a garden view.

  • shamrock

    I agree with Big Dave–“Any rooftop…”, especially if you’re at an elevation high enough to see the water and Manhattan skyline.

  • PierrepontSkin

    Anyone know what was going on at Heights Cafe last night around 8pm? Lot’s of flashing lights from ambulances and squad cars.

  • Mr. Crusty

    The view from my apartment on the 17th floor. To watch the sky as it changes throughout the day ending with a spectacular sunset only to be followed by a breathtaking view of New York harbor at night.

    I never get tired of it.

    @Gerry do you live on Montague Terrace? I wasn’t aware.

  • Hazel

    I love the little garden in front of the Presbyterian church on Henry street. Today I noticed an azalea bush with purples blossoms (in mid-October!) amid the leaves turning orange. Surprising but lovely. There are a few small benches there but I rarely see anyone using them.

  • GHB

    I love looking at the harbor from my apartment when a thunder storm is moving in…

  • John Wentling

    The north end circle of The Promenade is my favorite spot.

  • Jorale-man

    The nasty behavior on these comments threads really gets tiresome sometimes. I wonder, do these people act this way in public, when the anonymity is gone?

    One other nomination I’ll mention is the yard area next to Plymouth Church. It’s not always open to the public but it’s a very peaceful setting.

  • Wiley E.

    Somebody needs to get laid.

  • HenryLoL

    Whatever happened to the new brownstown that was to be built on Cranberry Street?

  • Gerry

    We love Montague Terrace it is prime Brooklyn Heights, prime NYC, prime America it does not get much better than this.

  • GHB

    Gerry, do you live there?