- BAM Fisher's Rooftop Terrace
I don't mean from some rich dude's apartment; I'm sure it's gorgeous to look out from the Williamsburgh Bank tower, or from the top of those Williamsburg waterfront condos, or the penthouse in DUMBO's Clocktower Building (or heck, even from the top floors of most public housing). No, I mean the nicest places out in public, accessible to all, where you can stand, usually on some sort of higher ground, and look out to see something beautiful. Here are 10 of the best views you can get in Brooklyn without a million dollar mortgage. [photo
10. Shore Road Promenade Overpass
This is the craziest one on here, I promise, but I get goosebumps every time I cross the highway, near 80th Street, from Shore Road park in Bay Ridge to the bike path along the water. Sure, there's the rumble of the Belt Parkway on either side of you, but if you can tune it out, you can pretend for several moments that you live in an idyllic New England harbortown and that that's not Staten Island you see but some magical better place.
9. The Culver Viaduct
The F train briefly comes above ground between Carroll Gardens and Park Slope—in fact, the Smith-Ninth Street station is the highest in the subway system. And while approaching or departing the station, you can look down on the Gowanus Canal and its environs, a particularly urban view that also affords a nice look at the iconic Kentile Floors sign and the Brooklyn skyline beyond. [photo
8. The Top of the Wonder Wheel
You get a nice view of the Cyclone and the public housing if you face one way, but might I suggest turning around and getting a glimpse of the amusements, the beach, and the limitless ocean beyond? It's the perfect spot for contemplating one's finitude. [photo
7. Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Having grown up in Bay Ridge, where there's a promenade directly along the water, I was always a bit underwhelmed by the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Sure, you have awesome those views of Manhattan, but also all those docks, and the highway right underneath you... bah. Pretty, but overrated.
6. The Western Slope of the Owl's Head
Owl's Head Park is known for its giant hill, a great spot for sledding, but on the other side of the park, on the western side, there is a smaller hill that looks out on the Narrows, onto Staten Island, onto the 69th Street Pier, and it's a gorgeous place to watch the sunset, an almost-secret—usually a few other people have the same idea, but for such a beautiful spot, you'd expect hordes.
5. Valentino Pier
Speaking of nice places to watch the sunset, there's this Red Hook jetty, popular with fishermen, which looks west out onto the bay and features Brooklyn's best, or at least closest, look at the Statue of Liberty. [photo
4. Squibb Park Bridge
Aha, now if you really want to see Manhattan, try this new footbridge, which connects Brooklyn Heights to Brooklyn Bridge Park. "It may not save you any time," as Curbed reported
, but it "will give you some damn fine views." Indeed, indeed. [photo
3. Washington Street
After working in DUMBO for five years, I'm still impressed every time I come barreling down Washington Street, moving north past York Street, and see the Manhattan Bridge tower perfectly framed between warehouses, the Empire State Building snug in a small arch. You have to climb over a dozen tourists and art-school freshmen at any time of the day, but you can't blame them—it really is a spectacular view. [photo
2. Sunset Park
This is one of those stunningly gorgeous spots that you can imagine impressed everyone all the way back to the Lenape. You don't need the Manhattan skyline in the distance to be blown away by the vista afforded at the top of the hill here. [photo
1. Battle Hill
A key location in the Revolutionary War's Battle of Brooklyn, the highest natural point in Brooklyn features a statue of Minerva saluting the Statue of Liberty, which is just about the nicest thing in the whole borough. [photo
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