Explore a Block: Old meets new on Montague Street

One of the best parts of New York is its juxtaposition of old and new: brand new restaurants and cafes live next to century-old shops or buildings. And Brooklyn Heights is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods.

The area was first settled in 1636 by a group of Dutch farmers who were unhappy with the rocky soil of lower Manhattan and purchased it from the Canarsie Indians for goods, including eight fathoms of duffle cloth (or about 48 feet), 12 kettles and about two dozen tools, according to the Brooklyn Heights Association.

Now, the neighborhood looks slightly different and the bustling stretch of Montague Street holds the best of both the old and new. You will find great local restaurants and boutique shops. But you’re never far from the convenience of a Starbucks or Le Pain Quotidian, or the constant rotation of sales at Ann Taylor Loft.

For our first edition of “Explore A Block,” we encourage you to visit Montague Street for a seriously old-world Brooklyn experience.