Free Covid Testing Sites Near Brooklyn Heights

On December 22nd, The NY Times reported CityMD closed 19 clinics, 13 of them in NYC, due to staffing shortages. As of this writing, there’s still no indication of reopenings. So, while Omicron IS surging, don’t panic if you see longer than usual lines at Montague Street clinic. Cobble Hill residents have been directed to visit the Montague Street location.

With at-home rapid tests in short supply, and some private clinics charging distasteful amounts, not for Covid testing itself, but an out-of-network Doctor’s visit, WHERE is the best place to get tested? And, are any of them nearby and FREE? Thankfully, yes. The NYC Health and Hospitals website details all their locations throughout the five boroughs. The closest to Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO are listed below along with the types of tests available at each site, and dates and times of operation from December 27th through January 2nd.

The NYCH&H website also provides clear contact tracing guidelines should you test positive. Remember, Omicron is more contagious than the Delta variant, and yes, there have been breakthrough infections among fully vaccinated individuals. Yet STILL, “The answer is masking and boosters,” says Dr. Gregory Poland, head of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group. If you get infected, taking these precautions can and will reduce the duration and intensity of symptoms for most people. You will also protect your family, friends, neighbors. Stay safe out there!


Brooklyn Navy Yard
63 Flushing Ave, Building 92
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Monday, Wednesday, Sunday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Dates: Dec 27, 29 – 31, Jan 2
4 years old and above


NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Cumberland
100 North Portland Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11205
Monday – Thursday, Sunday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Saturday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
COVID-19 Testing and Antibody Testing Offered Here
Pre-register for your visit

Brooklyn Public Library – Central Branch
10 Grand Army Plaza (Testing entrance on Eastern parkway side between Grand Army Plaza and Mount Prospect Park)
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Dates: Dec 27 – 30
Rapid Antigen Testing Available Here
4 years old and above


City Point Vaccine Hub
444 Albee Square W,
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Monday – Sunday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Dates: Dec 27 – Jan 2
4 years old and above

Red Hook Park
Corner of Bay St & Clinton St,
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Monday – Wednesday, Friday – Sunday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Dates: Dec 27 – 29, 31 – Jan 2
4 years old and above

Red Hook Initiative
767 Hicks St,
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Thursday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Dates: Dec 30

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  • El

    Getting an appointment is pretty hit or miss (try late at night) but if you can get one, the NYC express testing sites (PCR, but same day turnaround, sometimes only 2 hours!) are great The closest one to BH is on Flatbush right near City Point.

  • Mike Suko

    This is a great service to the community, … but can someone enlighten me as to the 2 categories provided?



    And does anyone know if any of these places handles walkins without appointments. Common sense tells me that with things like winter weather, they would probably NOT HAVE very long lines, but if there are screeners that simply turn you away …

    More positively, I saw a mobile unit on Jay St. 1 block south of Tillary one recent afternoon, but for all that “mobile” has some big pluses, is there a website that clues one in as to where they are?

  • SongBirdNYC

    Micro site is just a smaller operation vs. the larger site at say, City Point. The saliva test is just that, you fill a vial with saliva vs. having your nose swabbed.

  • SongBirdNYC