Brooklyn in Kings County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Notables from George Washington to writers and artists, gravitate to Brooklyn Heights.
Encouraged by Robert Fulton’s ferry from Manhattan in 1814, residents built handsome houses of wood, brick and brownstone in all the principal styles of the 19th century, earning designation of the heights as New York City’s first Historic District in 1965.
Abraham Lincoln prayed at Plymouth Church where abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher preached for 40 years. Around the corner, Walt Whitman printed his “Leaves of Grass.” Years later, contemporary artists came to live in Brooklyn Heights.
Important educational and cultural institutions have added to the neighborhood: St. Francis College, Brooklyn Law School and top preparatory institutions. Montague Street, the 150 year-old central commercial street, play a key role in this neighborhood.
Throughout the year, the promenade attracts thousands of visitors with its view of New York harbor, the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge.
Beneath the promenade, Brooklyn Bridge Park will beautify the waterfront.
Truman Capote, 70 Willow Street
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Arts, Letters, Music • Education. In addition, it is included in the Walt Whitman series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1814.
Location. 40° 41.583′ N, 73° 59.438′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker is at the intersection of Court Street and Remsen Street, on the right when traveling north on Court Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn NY 11201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brooklyn Borough Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Brooklyn Municipal Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington A. Roebling (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Where the Dodgers Made Baseball History and Jackie Robinson Changed America (about 300 feet away); John Cashmore (about 400 feet away); Christopher Columbus (about 400 feet away); MetroTech / Downtown Brooklyn (about 600 feet away); Seeing Into Tomorrow (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 3, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 166 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 3, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.