Brooklyn History Photo of the Week: Columbia Heights

Columbia Heights, ca.1885, v1973.6.651; Brooklyn photograph and illustration collection, ARC.202; Brooklyn Historical Society.

In 2007, real estate blog The Real Deal called Columbia Heights “Brooklyn’s most expensive street” because of the limited number of properties and the stunning views of Manhattan from buildings on the west side of the street. Columbia Heights has long been one of Brooklyn’s most-coveted addresses, and over the centuries many of the mansions and brownstones along the street housed the borough’s most prominent families. Residents of Columbia Heights have included members of the Pierrepont family, the Roebling Family, Henry Ward Beecher, and more recently, Norman Mailer.

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About Emily Reynolds

I'm the Photographic Collection Assistant at BHS.
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