Brooklyn Heights originated as a Native American settlement and was even once referred to as Brooklyn Village.
A prominent area of Brooklyn since 1834, Brooklyn Heights found its first large influx of residents due to a few landowners that saw it’s potential. One of these proprietors, Hezekiah Beers Pierrepont, went as far to work in conjunction with Robert Fulton, inventor of the merchandized ferry boat, to secure the leases of all Brooklyn ferries thus creating a new way of commuting to and from Manhattan. With easier accessibility, Brooklyn, and more specifically Brooklyn Heights, essentially became New York’s first suburb.
Brooklyn Heights was the first neighborhood protected by the 1965 Landmarks Preservation Law of New York City. The oldest home standing in the Heights currently, 24 Middagh Street, was built in 1824 and still remains a fine example of a wood-frame house of the Federal style. The city and it’s residents are continually attracted to the stunning and historic architecture. Ultimately, Brooklyn Heights continues to retain its small town charm and was the first designated Historic District of New York City.