- Brooklyn Heights, about 1908. The Manhattan Bridge is under construction in the background.
The dynamism of Brooklyn is evident in all of its many neighborhoods. And, to paraphrase Walt Whitman, Brooklyn contains multitudes. So, for our purposes, those multitudes have been divided into all of Brooklyn’s varied ‘hoods, each with a specific and distinct past and personality. So that’s why we’re going to go back into the history of each of these distinct areas, to understand better where they came from, where they are now, and maybe where they’ll be headed. First, we did Williamsburg, and now we’ve moved on to Brooklyn Heights. It’s another waterfront neighborhood, also connected to Manhattan with a bridge. But that might just be where the similarities between the two places end. Let’s take a look back.
This is a timeline of one Brooklyn neighborhood, its past and present, its people and places.