Brooklyn Heights is the first stop on the north of Atlantic Avenue as you travel east from the river. Brooklyn Heights was established as the first historic preservation district in New York in response to the proposal in the 1950s by Robert Moses to build the BQE down Hicks street. The BQE trench in Cobble Hill takes a hard western turn at Atlantic and travels under the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.
You can learn more about Brooklyn Heights history and shopping from the Brooklyn Heights Association and Montague Street BID.
To learn more about the BQE reconstruction project please visit our advocacy page.
On the south is Cobble Hill. Cobble Hill expanded in the 1830s as ferry service was first established at the foot of Atlantic Avenue.
You can learn more about Cobble Hill history and shopping from the Cobble Hill Association.
Further East you meet Boerum Hill as you pass Court Street. The name Boerum Hill was coined in the 1960s as newly renovated brownstones needed an appropriate name for their neighborhood.
You can learn more about Boerum Hill history and shopping from the Boerum Hill Association.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Replacing the unused shipping piers controlled by the Port Authority at the foot of Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 was completed in 2010. This completed the waterfront connection from the Brooklyn Bridge to Atlantic Avenue, and opened the waterfront that had been cut off from the public from Atlantic Avenue
To learn more about the history of Brooklyn Bridge Park and the events and activities in the park visit Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy.
The Barclays Center opened in 2012 in spite of opposition from many community groups. It has become a successful entertainment and sports venue, and its oculus and plaza have made it an architectural and community attraction.
Please visit its website for more information about events at the Barclays Center.