Brooklyn Heights Audio Tour: From the Promenade to Truman Capote's House
Brooklyn Heights Audio Tour: From the Promenade to Truman Capote's House is a Brooklyn Heights audio tour created by the New York City Department of Education, Explorations Inc., that provides a fascinating audio walking tour. Well worth taking, it begins on the Promenade in front of Brooklyn Heights Library and moves through this picturesque neighborhood from downtown to Fort Greene.
It is some 30 minutes long and will take you through exciting facts about Brooklyn Heights and provide background about the residents who shaped its history. You'll find out about the Promenade and the cobblestones that were laid in 1892; you'll hear about Bedford and Middagh Streets (these two streets have remained virtually unchanged over the past century), and you'll even get a brief history of Bayard Street.
When you're in Brooklyn Heights, it is highly recommended that you take this audio tour since it will enrich your understanding of over 175 years of history. It begins at Brooklyn Heights Promenade and ends at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center. The tour is nearly 33 minutes long and is one-way. It is worth taking, especially if you have time to kill before catching a ferry back to Manhattan.
Brooklyn Heights is situated north of Downtown Brooklyn and south of Prospect Park. It is one of the most attractive neighborhoods in New York City, with an impressive list of residents who wrote about it in various books and articles during the late 19th century.
Bronx-born author Irwin Shaw wrote most about Brooklyn Heights in his roman à clef The Girls in 1950. Though this neighborhood had been known simply as Brooklyn Heights since 1834, it was not until the late 1970s that its name was officially changed from "Brooklyn" to "Brooklyn Heights."