How Well Do You Know the Brooklyn Heights Neighborhood?



Are you a true Brooklyn Heights expert? Take our quiz below to see how much you know about the neighborhood. Scroll all the way down for answers and explanations after you get your score!

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1. Brooklyn Heights’ original name was:

Brooklyn Village. The neighborhood was referred to as “Brooklyn Village” for years before the name “Brooklyn Heights” stuck. “Village” changed to “Heights” because of the neighborhood’s perched ridge over the East River.

2. Which of the following subway lines do not stop in Brooklyn Heights?

6. Brooklyn Heights is accessible by the 4, 5 trains to Borough Hall, the M, R trains to Court Street, and the 2, 3 to Clark Street.

3. What year was the Brooklyn Bridge completed?

1883. Designed by John Roebling, the Brooklyn Bridge was completed and opened to the public on May 24, 1883. Today, the bridge brings convenience and accessibility to thousands of commuters who travel between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

4. Which of the following notable figures has been a former Brooklyn Heights resident?

Sarah Jessica Parker. The Sex and the City star and her husband, Matthew Broderick from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off moved into the heights in 2012. Capone and Obama are former Park Slope residents, and Alicia Keys grew up in Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan.

5. Which of the following dessert brands originated in Brooklyn Heights?

Haagan-Dazs. Created by two Polish immigrants from the Bronx, the original Haagan-Dazs scoop shop opened on Montague Street in 1976.

6. The Brooklyn Heights Promenade was created as a result of

Residents’ protest against the proposed building of the Brooklyn-Queens expressway. Residents opposed Robert Moses’ plan in 1941 to create the Brooklyn-Queens expressway, which was originally supposed to cut through and divide Brooklyn Heights in half. Instead, they successfully negotiated for his alternative plan, the creation of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade with the expressway running underneath it.

7. 58 Joralemon Street is actually a(n) ______ disguised as a residential townhouse.

Revival subway ventilator. This fake brownstone is a subway ventilator and also doubles as an emergency exit for the 4 and 5 trains that run between Borough Hall and Bowling Green.

8. What is the Brooklyn Heights Promenade’s nickname?

Brooklyn Heights Esplanade. Promenade and Esplanade both mean “a paved public walkway, typically along a waterfront”, which is exactly what the BK Heights Promenade is!

9. Which of the following authors have not resided in Brooklyn Heights?

Langston Hughes. With the exception of Hughes who lived in Harlem, all of these authors have once lived in Brooklyn Heights.

10. The Brooklyn Bridge’s compartments were once used as storage for

Wine. Up until World War I, the Brooklyn Bridge’s 50 feet tall vaults were rented out to the public as wine cellars. Wine distributors would pay up to $5000 per month in rent to store their wine under the bridge!