Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Backstory and Context
During the 1800s, New York and Brooklyn boomed and many of New York's
wealthiest investors settled in Brooklyn Heights. In 1807, Robert Fulton
captained his steamboat, The Clermont, from Brooklyn on its maiden
voyage up the Hudson River. In 1814, Fulton gained a franchise to
operate ferry service via steamboat from Brooklyn to Manhattan. As the
population exploded, Brooklyn became a city in 1833.
In the mid-1940s, Robert Moses wanted to construct a new expressway right through the heart of Brooklyn Heights. He was stopped by the outcry of the Brooklyn Heights Association, and a solution emerged to build a two-tiered highway above the waterfront. The Promenade was constructed in part to insulate the neighborhood from the noise of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. It opened to the public in October 1950 and has been a magnet for local residents and visitors alike for over half a century.
Fichera, — Chris. "Brooklyn Heights Promenade." NYMag.com. Accessed May 21, 2017. http://nymag.com/listings/attraction/brooklyn_heights_promenade/.