Brooklyn Heights

Fairy doors are popping up all over Brooklyn Heights

Residents welcome the wee folk: ‘We need this’

June 18, 2024 Mary Frost
Numerous fairy doors have recently appeared on trees in Brooklyn Heights. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle
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BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — Brooklyn Heights has sometimes been called “fairy-tale pretty,” but now it appears the neighborhood is also the home of actual fairies (the small, magical and sometimes mischievous kind).

Recently, more than a dozen fairy doors of all sizes and colors were spotted on trees on Pineapple, Willow, Cranberry and Middagh streets, among others. 

Sometimes fairy doors are colorful and decorated with jewels. This one says, “You already have the key.” Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle

Neighbors are speculating that the area’s shady lanes and dappled nooks somehow lend themselves to the tree sprites. Many say they feel their presence adds something indefinable to the area.

According to experts, fairy doors are actually portals to the fairy dimension. While often the doors are built by the fairies themselves, the wee folk are known to use doors constructed by friendly humans as well. 

About a dozen fairy doors have been discovered in Brooklyn Heights. This one bears a message of love. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle

Fairies welcome here

In a survey conducted by the Brooklyn Eagle’s Magic and Enchantments Bureau, 100% of neighborhood respondents said they welcomed the fairies.

“We are thrilled, but not surprised, that the fairy folk have decided that Brooklyn Heights is a great place to make home,” Lara Birnback, executive director of the Brooklyn Heights Association, told the Eagle. “Please let them know if they have any questions about landmarking permits or where to find the best Negroni in the neighborhood, they should give the BHA a call.”

Lara Birnback, president of the Brooklyn Heights Association. Eagle file photo by Mary Frost

Elected officials also saw the development as positive.

“Fairy doors are just the latest enchanting addition to Brooklyn Heights! As a City Council member, I celebrate our community’s creativity and welcome our new neighbors with open arms,” Councilmember Lincoln Restler, a Heights native, said.

“This is the perfect neighborhood for fairies,” said Ben Liedholm, a Brooklyn resident who works in the Heights. “We have gardens, we have trees. And the Promenade is magical.”

Some long-time residents said they’ve never seen so many fairies in the neighborhood.

Dr. Jon Berall welcomes the fairies: “These are tricky times and we need all the help we can get.” Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle

“I’m extremely happy they’ve arrived — and in force,” Dr. Jon Berall, physician and inventor, told the Eagle. “These are tricky times and we need all the help we can get.”

While numerous people said they have spotted the doors, only a special few have seen the fairies themselves. One of these is Eze, age five, who confirmed that he has seen them with his own eyes. 

Eze, age five, said he has seen the fairies with his own eyes. Here, he demonstrates how tiny they are. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle

“I’ve seen them everywhere — once I saw one in a tree in the neighborhood close to Joe Coffee,” he said. “It was really tiny and green,” he added, scrunching his fingers very closely together to demonstrate how teeny the fairy was.

According to Encyclopedia.com, fairies are small and are known to wear green, so Eze’s observation checks out.

“Yes, I have seen the fairy doors,” artist Landon Metz, Eze’s father, told the Eagle. 

When asked if he has observed any actual fairies, Metz replied, “No comment.”

This fairy door had a little sign attached saying a map could be found at Joe’s. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle

Not the first time fairies have graced the Heights 

This is not the first time that traces of the Fair Folk have been spotted in Brooklyn Heights. Last July, an entire Fairy Garden appeared on Willow Street.

Resident Andrea Demetropoulos, former owner of the pet store Rocco & Jezebel on Pineapple Walk (now called Paws on Pineapple), said she first noticed fairy doors on Remsen Street about a year ago. Contacted on Monday, Demetropoulos said she was encouraged to hear that the fair folk are still in the neighborhood.

“We need this,” Demetropoulos said.

A fairy garden on Willow Street in 2023. Photo: Mary-Frost, Brooklyn Eagle

During the course of our research, the bureau observed that a couple of the fairy doors have tiny signs embedded in their tree beds bearing the words “HappyDoors.” One tree had a minuscule sign posted nearby which read, “Map at Joe’s.”

The Eagle visited the nearby Joe Coffee to ask about a fairy map. The staff said they had found a stack of maps hidden under a box on a shelf, but had no idea how they got there.

“Nobody knows. But we think it’s a good thing,” was the consensus.

City Councilmember Lincoln Restler.
City Councilmember Lincoln Restler. Photo: Beth Eisgrau-Heller/Brooklyn Eagle


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