Exploring NYC: Walking Around Brooklyn Heights

June 22, 2014

Walking Around Brooklyn Heights - Sweet and Savoring

When we spent a few days in Brooklyn Heights in April, I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful architecture as we walked around the neighborhood. Doors and windows have always been one of my favorite photo subjects, and it’s so much fun noticing more house-like buildings in this urban setting. Now that we are here again this weekend, I thought I’d compile a bunch of architecture shots, plus some other quirky things I noticed.


Walking Around Brooklyn Heights - Sweet and Savoring

Walking Around Brooklyn Heights - Sweet and Savoring

Walking Around Brooklyn Heights - Sweet and Savoring

Walking Around Brooklyn Heights - Sweet and Savoring

Walking Around Brooklyn Heights - Sweet and Savoring

On the wall of the subway station

Walking Around Brooklyn Heights - Sweet and Savoring

Walking Around Brooklyn Heights - Sweet and Savoring

Walking Around Brooklyn Heights - Sweet and Savoring

Cozy Nook Apartments! I love it!

Walking Around Brooklyn Heights - Sweet and Savoring

Walking Around Brooklyn Heights - Sweet and Savoring

Walking Around Brooklyn Heights - Sweet and Savoring

Walking Around Brooklyn Heights - Sweet and Savoring

And in honor of Pride month, Grace Church has their rainbow flag out!



Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.    –Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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  • Emily Smith // The Best of this Life June 22, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Love all the pictures of one of my favourite places 🙂 And the quote – because that’s such a wonderful book too! Really enjoying your summer travel posts!

    • Christy June 23, 2014 at 9:05 am

      I love that you’re an A Tree Grown in Brooklyn fan, too! And thank you- it’s comments like this that are such wonderful encouragement to keep doing what I’m doing.

  • Felice Raina June 22, 2014 at 11:08 am

    This is so beautiful. Brooklyn truly has some hidden gems.

    • Christy June 23, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Thanks! I love how many more gems we discovered this weekend 🙂

  • Katherine June 22, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    I love living vicariously through your travels. Brooklyn is so lovely. All the different types of homes and styles of buildings there are so incredibly gorgeous.

    • Christy June 23, 2014 at 9:11 am

      I agree, Katherine! Each place has so much character and for many of the buildings, lots of history too. Glad you like!

  • Alison June 22, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Places may be beautiful, but it truly takes a good eye to capture them as they are. Great pictures, Christy!
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    • Christy June 23, 2014 at 10:48 am

      Thank you so much, Alison! I’m so happy to have a camera I love again 🙂

  • Rea June 23, 2014 at 2:31 am

    Oh I love everything!! Love the one that has LOVE LANE and Cozy Nook! 🙂
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    • Christy June 23, 2014 at 10:50 am

      I know, aren’t those so cute?

  • Melissa @ Completely Eclipsed June 23, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I live in Bklyn and I always love Bklyn heights. So pretty

    • Christy June 23, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      Yes, I loved seeing a little bit more of BH this weekend. The little gardens are so lovely!

  • Lauren June 23, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    What beautiful pictures! (and ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is one of my favorite books!!!)

    • Christy June 23, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      Appreciate you coming by, Lauren and thank you for your sweet words 🙂 I think it’s time to reread A Tree Grows in Brooklyn!

  • Katie June 23, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I really miss walking being in the city and just getting lost exploring the streets, doors, houses.. Thanks for this mini walk!

    • Christy June 23, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      Glad I could give you a little taste of the city, Katie. That’s exactly what we did- wander the streets, capture street art, eat good food!

  • Hata Trbonja June 23, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    So beautiful!
    I have always wanted to go to BH.
    In the picture of the row of brownstones, is one of those the Cosby house?
    I know that the exterior of their house was in BH.
    Thank you so much.

    • Christy June 24, 2014 at 9:28 am

      You know, I’m not sure exactly where the Cosby house is, but it’s funny because every time I see one of these kind of buildings, I think ‘The Cosby Show!’ sort of unconsciously. I may have walked right by it, who knows?

  • Jessica June 23, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    What a great article! I LOVE NYC but I’ve never been to Brooklyn! One of my goals this year is to walk the Brooklyn Bridge!

    • Christy June 24, 2014 at 9:29 am

      Thank you Jessica! Walking over the BB is definitely something I’d recommend doing at least once- okay twice- in the daytime, and at night with all the lights, it’s another scene entirely!

  • Julie Jordan Scott June 23, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    How perfect that before I even read this I had tweeted about Betty Smith’s book and here I found a quote. These images are gorgeous. I love windows and doors, too. I may have to tweet you a different window image… of Emily Dickinson’s bedroom window.

    I can see why people love Brooklyn so much and why it is a popular place to live right now. I have several friends who live there… and now I really feel compelled to go visit even more than before!
    So grateful for #sitsblogging right now!
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    • Christy June 24, 2014 at 9:36 am

      All about timing, Julie! And ooh, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture of Emily Dickinson’s window! Yes, I have a few more posts up my sleeve with more windows and doors, so it’s good to know others are interested 😉
      I’m so grateful, too! Slightly overwhelmed at the success of the #SummerofLove so far but it’s so much fun!

  • Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life June 23, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Beautiful photos! As many times as I’ve been to NYC, I don’t think I have ever walked around Brooklyn. I love taking pics of architecture and doors too.
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    • Christy June 24, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Thanks, Michelle! We have friends in Brooklyn Heights, so it’s been nice exploring a new area through different seasons!

  • Tamara June 23, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    I loved the red doors and the rainbow flag. I don’t think I’ve ever just walked around this part of the city. I’m always all up in arms about lenses and cities. I’m weird like that. I bet and I hope you and Andy have a better grip on that!
    Passed through your parts today but really last minute and with two sleeping children. One day we should plan to meet for lunch. I’d love that!

    • Christy June 24, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      Yes, Andy has two different lenses that he switches back and forth with in various situations. My camera- Canon G12 isn’t quite as fancy but I’m okay with that!
      I would love lunch sometime, too! I’m confident we’ll make it happen when the time is right.

  • Carolann June 23, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    I have some relatives that live there and I always love visiting. One of the best parts of Brooklyn for sure. Great posts and pics as always!

    • Christy June 24, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      Thank you so much, Carolann! I love that each neighborhood of Brooklyn has its own character and things to capture, whether it’s architecture, street art, abandonment, or people.

  • Carla June 24, 2014 at 7:59 am

    These are all beautiful! I really love the first two. They are building a red, white, and blue house down the street and I don’t like how it was done. It seems overboard. This blue house with the red door and white trim is beautiful!

    • Christy June 25, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Thanks, Carla 🙂 I agree, this is RWB done right!

  • Kelly @ A Side of Sweet June 24, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Great photos! My husband and I just took an architecture tour when we we were in Chicago and it was amazing! I learned so much!

    Btw, found you via the social media challenge for #SITSblogging! 🙂

    • Christy June 25, 2014 at 9:02 am

      What a good idea! I’m not sure why I’ve never taken an architecture tour, but thanks for the inspiration!
      Nice to see another new face, Kelly 🙂

  • Miss Angie June 25, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Great photos! I just love Brooklyn, I’d love to spend more time there!

    • Christy June 26, 2014 at 8:57 am

      Thanks! It’s been fun exploring it more since last year!

  • Dana June 26, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I definitely have to visit Brooklyn Heights next time I’m in NYC – I’ve been to the city enough times that it is time to start branching out. And I love the pics of doors and windows – that’s a great way for me to practice my very beginner photography skills.

    • Christy June 28, 2014 at 10:38 am

      That’s one of the nice things about NYC- there’s always a new neighborhood to explore. I agree, doors and windows are patient photo subjects so you’re free to practice away!

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  • Megan June 30, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I love the pictures! It’s been years since I’ve been to NYC.

  • rosemary July 4, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Found you from Northeast Bloggers Great shots of Brooklyn always a fantastic place to visit Doors are always so interesting!!

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