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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

"There may be finer views than this in the world, but I don't believe it," said President Abraham Lincoln in 1864, when he exited his carriage on the crest that gives Brooklyn Heights its name. In his time private gardens occupied most of this area, but locals continued to go "promenading" at the ends of the streets and to look out at the Manhattan skyline. When the esplanade that extends from Remsen Street to Orange Street was finally built in the 1950s, it was designated the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Today residents and visitors alike come out and stroll along the Promenade, admiring the unmatched views of Staten Island, Governor's Island, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the World Trade Center, South Street Seaport, Fulton Fish Market, the Brooklyn Bridge, and other landmarks.

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