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Just two blocks up from Miller's former residence (Credit: Michael Gross)

Just two blocks up from Miller's former residence is 70 Willow, Truman Capote's impressive old mansion, which set a record for most expensive Brooklyn house ever sold when it went for $12.5 million earlier this year.
(Aug. 5, 2012)

New York City walking tour: Brooklyn Heights and Wall Street

You don't have to be from the provinces to enjoy walking around New York City and looking up at some of the architectural and historical marvels on display; there's no shame in craning your neck a little. The two neighborhoods called out here -- Brooklyn Heights and Wall Street -- are particularly rich, and they bookend each other across the harbor. (Hopping on the 2/3 subway for one stop will get you from one to the other.) -- TED LOOS. Special to Newsday

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS Annie Fitzsimmons (@anniefitz on Twitter), who
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BROOKLYN HEIGHTS
Annie Fitzsimmons (@anniefitz on Twitter), who gives walking tours of the Heights, sums up its charms this way: "It's like the Village, but without tourists."

The incredible collection of 600 pre-Civil War homes is the reason it was the city's first official Historic District.
(Aug. 5, 2012)

You might be the only nonresident strolling around
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You might be the only nonresident strolling around when you start your tour at the Hotel St. George (51 Clark St.), formerly the largest hotel in the United States, with parts dating to 1885.
(Aug. 5, 2012)

Just a few blocks away is the Brooklyn
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Just a few blocks away is the Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont St., brooklynhistory.org), located in a landmark building and featuring substantial exhibitions.
(Aug. 5, 2012)

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Heights Cafe (84 Montague St.) is the perfect
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Heights Cafe (84 Montague St.) is the perfect coffee or brunch spot as you head toward the water.
(Aug. 5, 2012)

Literary history abounds: 115 Willow St. is a
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Literary history abounds: 115 Willow St. is a classic Federal-style house, and Arthur Miller wrote "The Crucible" there.
(Aug. 5th, 2012)

Just two blocks up from Miller's former residence
(Credit: Michael Gross)

Just two blocks up from Miller's former residence is 70 Willow, Truman Capote's impressive old mansion, which set a record for most expensive Brooklyn house ever sold when it went for $12.5 million earlier this year.
(Aug. 5, 2012)

And you're only one block from perhaps the
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And you're only one block from perhaps the most scenic place in New York -- the Promenade, with cinematic views of Manhattan perfectly laid out before you.
(Aug. 5, 2012)

WALL STREET It's easy to get lost in
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WALL STREET
It's easy to get lost in the rush of the crowd on a weekday here, but on weekends you can take your time and savor the history of the city's oldest quarter. "This is where New York began, and it shows how the city can reinvent itself," says Annaline Dinkelmann, who runs Wall Street Walks (wallstreetwalks.com).

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Start at Arturo Di Modico's iconic Charging Bull
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Start at Arturo Di Modico's iconic Charging Bull sculpture from 1989, site of many a photo op.

Head north up Broadway and you'll pass the
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Head north up Broadway and you'll pass the Art Deco beauty of 1 Wall St., then and now a bank.

When you hit Wall Street, to the left
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When you hit Wall Street, to the left is Trinity Church (89 Broadway, trinitywallstreet.org).

Trinity Church's active Episcopal parish founded in 1698;
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Trinity Church's active Episcopal parish founded in 1698; its churchyard is especially charming.

Taking Wall Street to the right leads past
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Taking Wall Street to the right leads past the New York Stock Exchange (now closed to visitors).
(Sept. 26, 2011)

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In 1789, George Washington was sworn in as
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In 1789, George Washington was sworn in as the nation's first president at Federal Hall (26 Wall St., nps.gov/feha); his statue remains, and tours of the classical column-fronted building are available.
(April 8, 2011)

Many area restaurants are closed weekends, but not
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Many area restaurants are closed weekends, but not Luke's Lobster (26 S. William St., lukeslobster.com), a few blocks away. A seafood roll seems appropriate, given that New York started as a port and still thrives as one.

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