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Before I went to New York, a visit to the famous Brooklyn Bridge was already planned in my itinerary. Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge connects Brooklyn to Manhattan and is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. I read about the history of the bridge in my guide books, and it certainly has an interesting past. Building it caused problems, such as the well known fact of the workers who suffered from Compression Sickness from working in the caissons, and an week after it opened, a rumour that the bridge was going to collapse caused a huge stampede in which at least 12 people died.
I was eager to visit the bridge and walk across it, enjoying the views of Manhattan from the bridge. After much careful research online, I decided I would enjoy it most walking across from Brooklyn to Manhattan so I could see the famous skyline, and I would do this as the sun was setting because I love the image of a big city lit up at night. I had already been to Top of the Rock as the sun was setting, and I knew about what time the sun would set so I had this carefully planned. If you are wanting to visit the Brooklyn Bridge and walk across it, then there is a brilliant idiot's guide someone has written on TripAdvisor which explains how to get there on the subway, and how to get onto the walkway. The walkway is on an upper level above the road which has 6 lanes, so it's quite safe, as the traffic for Brooklyn Bridge is very busy.
Following the Tripadvisor guide, we got the A train down town to High St station. We actually went early evening, and went to Grimaldi's for pizza, then down to Fulton Landing where I was also tempted by the Brooklyn Ice Cream factory. From here you get a great view of the bridge from almost underneath it, as well as Manhattan. It was a lovely sunny October day with people lying around taking in the scenery, and lots of wedding parties came for photos with the famous bridge and skyline behind them. I highly recommend going here first for the view of the bridge before you walk across it!
As the sun was starting to set, we used the instructions to find our way to the walkway. Once we were up there, we sat on a bench near the start, watching the sun starting to go down and the lights in Manhattan and the bridge started to come on. It was also where you can watch tourists completely ignoring the bike lane and either walking along it oblivious, or posing for photos. The bike lane however is a busy place, and the frustrated New Yorkers all have bells on their bike and they ride along ringing them and screaming at people to get out of the clearly marked bike lane. People continued to be oblivious, and to watch it was frustrating and amusing at the same time, as there is plenty of path for pedestrians but people were rather ignorant of this.
As previously mentioned the walkway is above the road, and you can hear the busy traffic underneath, blaring their horns in typical impatient New York style, however you can almost drown it out after a while, as the views from the walkway are fantastic. As we walked across the bridge, I stopped for photos at certain points, and one of the best views was the Statue of Liberty in the distance, with a brilliant red/orange sunset behind it. It's one view I will never forget! In front of us was the Manhattan skyscrapers, getting closer as we slowly walked our way back to Manhattan. The cables of the bridge reach up rather web like on either side of you, however on 2 parts of the bridge the walkway really opens out into a large space where people gather at certain points for the best views of the Statue of Liberty or the skyline. Despite it being night time, the bridge was busy with people walking across it in both directions (though most were doing the Brooklyn to Manhattan walk), however it never felt too crowded or busy and it really was a pleasant evening.
I highly recommend the Brooklyn Bridge as a must whilst in New York. Make a nice evening of it, get something to eat in Brooklyn and go down to Fulton Landing before walking back across to Manhattan and enjoy those views and of course, the bridge itself. I highly recommend reading 'The Idiot's Guide to Brooklyn Bridge' which someone has written on Tripadvisor, I highly suggest googling it and printing it out when visiting the bridge.
I would have thought there would be loads of reviews written on one of the major tourist attractions of New York City. Imagine my shock to see that the last one was written in 2003!!!!
I don't like putting history into my reviews, but I feel it is necessary for this icon. Now, I don't know the exact years and if your interested in that, I am sure it is easy to find out. I can tell you that the bridge was built during the late 1800's. The first 'boss' in charge of the project died and his son ended up taking over and completing the bridge. When it was finished, New Yorkers were sceptical that it would hold any weight and the man in charge went over it on an elephant to prove it was safe. A real interesting bit during the building of the bridge was the bits that happened underwater. To make sure the bits holding the bridge up were secure, the workers built big boxes, flooded them over the area they needed to work on and once at the floor, pumped air into them to get the water out. This then created a box in the water that the workers worked in to dig the foundations.
Anyway, that's enough history. The Brooklyn Bridge is located in Lower Manhattan. The easiest way to get it is to go to City Hall. The entrance to the Bridge is located opposite here. The bridge is open to vehicles, bicycles and pedsestrians. The pedestrians and bicycles use a part that goes in the centre of the bridge, slightly raised from the roadway, which is on either side of this walkway.
Make sure you take liquid with you if you are going to walk the bridge, it is a long bridge and no refreshments are available on it anywhere. The walkway in the middle is divided down the middle by a painted line. On one side of the line it is for bicycles and the other side for pedestrians. However, pedestrians being pedestrains and there are a lot of them, walk on both sides of the line. This annoys the people on bikes and makes them ride a bit crazy over the bridge, trying to avoid everyone.
We only walked halfway over the bridge, before turning and coming back. It is beautiful to look at and a marvel at what they achieved all those years ago. It was a very warm day when we went and you really do feel the heat. We did get a nice breeze off the river every so often though, which certainly made it nicer. I imagine it to be very cold during the winter months, so best avoided then I think.
You get some very good views from the bridge of various parts of the city. Make sure you take your camera. Being as it full of tourists though, be prepared to get jostled or people get in the way of your pictures. Try not to get frustrated by it.
This is a must do for anyone going to the city for the first time. It is well worth it and best of all, it's free.
You know how men who'd no more make a cuppa let alone cook a meal become master chefs as soon as the word Barbeque is mentioned? Well the same can be said to be true of men who get hold of guide books. Suddenly, they become an expert on the city your visiting. Gone are the remarks of well we're see what it's like when we get there. The casual remark of I'm reading a book by Jeffery Deaver that'll tell me all I need to know about New York is long forgotten as they map out every second of the day in a whistle stop tour.Iain (Iainwear) fell foul of this ailment as he became that infamous character - Man-with-a-guide-book! The Brooklyn Bridge was included into the whistle stop tour after a casual mention on my behalf that I'd like to see it as I caught a glimpse of it on the Staten Island ferry. The Brooklyn bridge in Lower Manhattan, was the first bridge to link Manhattan with the neighbouring borough of Brooklyn. An Architectural achievement for it's time when it first opened, in May1883. On opening day some 150,000 New Yorkers walked over the bridge to enjoy the spectacular views it afforded. Later on that day it was opened to vehicles, with some 1,500 vehicles crossing that day. Compare that today where on average 140,000 cars pass over the bridge on a daily basis it is the second most busy bridge in New York.It was not until September 1883 that the first passenger train crossed the bridge, the last trains crossed in 1948. It is presently a toll free bridge but plans are a foot for the City Mayor to actually sell this bridge and a number of others which would obviously mean a toll being levied to cross the bridge. The Bridge was first thought of as early as the 1850s, when the New york City legislature considered a bill for the building of a bridge over the East River. It was how ever the rapid population growth of Brooklyn rising by some 50% in the decade between 1860 and 1870 that finally pushed the Legislature in
to actually passing the bill to link Manhattan with Brooklyn. It was in 1867 that John Roebling was appointed chief engineer for the Brooklyn Bridge project. Roebling had great plans for the bridge which can be seen in his report to the newly formed New york Bridge company "The contemplated work, when constructed in accordance with my design, will not only be the greatest bridge in existence, but it will be the great engineering work of the Continent and of the age. Its most conspicuous feature - the great towers - will serve as landmarks to the adjoining cities, and they will be entitled to be ranked as national monuments. As a great work of art, and a successful specimen of advanced bridge engineering, the structure will forever testify to the energy, enterprise, and wealth of that community which shall secure its erection." Roebling unfortunately was never to see the the bridge finally constructed as he died following an accident at the site. His son Washington Roebling was to fulfill his father's dream of creating a lasting monument. Given the era that this bridge was actually built in it really is an architectural achievement. The bridge was the first bridge to actually use steel wiring in its construction and was for a time the largest single suspension bridge of it's kind in the world. You have to marvel at the fact that the bridge was built in an age when none of the modern techniques that we take for granted where actually available. Many died during it's construction of the bends as the sinking of the two towers obviously had to be done under water and modern decompression chambers were not available.Washington Roebling was to fall foul of the bends in 1873. He was never to recover from this and worked on the bridge from his sick bed with his wife Emily liaising with the construction site. Finally in 1883 the bridge was completed. Having found myself along with man-with-a-guide-book in lower Manhattan we ap
proached the bridge from the Manhattan side going via South St.Seaport shopping area till we finally reached the bridge just outside of City Hall Park. The bridge is basically made up of two platforms suspended from the twin towers on either side. The lower platforms are for vehicles to cross the bridge and above them running along the centre of the bridge is the wooden pedestrian and cycles pathway. Given the height that you are at I would definitely recommend that you walk over the bridge for the spectacular views it affords and for the obvious photo opportunities. The views of both Manhattan and Brooklyn from the bridge are in itself a reason to actually cross it, but the bridge is also worth while seeing itself for the stunning architecture and experiencing another small peice of New York history.Whilst walking across the bridge at various intervals you will see information plagues about the history of the bridge and other information.Due to it's close proximity to the South st Seaport shopping area, Wall st and City Hall park it can easily be done packaged in with these areas. The walk is a leisurely stroll about a mile all told. In a city as packed as New York can be it was actually nice to be able to stroll along at our own pace and stopping without bumping into people, definitely a lazy sunday morning thing to do. Given that the average daily rate of pedestrians crossing the bridge is just under 2,000 you can understand why your stroll is going to be relatively unhindered, just watch out for the cyclists! Just don't forget to take your camera as the views really are worth taking a photo or two off. We only had the time to walk half way over the bridge, which was a pity as I later found out that the promenade and park on the Brooklyn side of the bridge are well worth a visit -next time I think!!! Getting there: Subway: For the Manhattan side the City Hall park Subway is the closest along with line 6 on Bro
adway From the Brooklyn side : lines 2,3,4,N,R,C and A all go to downtown Brooklyn. The obvious station to head for would be the Brooklyn Bridge station. Cost: presently the bridge is toll free for both pedestrains and vechiles crossing it. Unfortunately there are moves to sell the bridge to a private company so a toll might be charged if this sale goes throw. Websites:http://www.nyctourist.com/bridge1.htm http://dalesorenson.com/digital_photography/1999_2002_brooklyn_bridge/
Walking the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the best FREE things you can do on this small planet. If you go on a nice day you will feel enriched by the experience. I went on a crisp clear winters day, and when I close my eyes I can still see the criss cross steel supporting wires and I can also see the absoulutely breathtaking views of Manhattan. I am greatly in favour of anything that will get you outside Manhattan. This is beacuse you have to get outside to give the feel for New York. You realise just how magnificent the city looks. It puts our Britsih skylines to shame. The benefit of the Brooklyn bridge is that you will also get a chance to view Manhattan from more of a side angle. If you go to the Statue of Liberty you will only see the southern tip. The best way to do the bridge is to get the subway to Brooklyn. There is a subway route that will take you to a stop very close to the Brooklyn end of the bridge. Then just walk back over at your own pace. Take a camcorder or camera and take some nice shot. I would say a camcorder is better if you can get hold of one. You will get more of a feel for the scale than a camera shot. All and all you can't reallty go wrong as it costs nothing and you will be left with lastin memories.
After spending MANY weekends in New York City - my friends alerted me to the fact that I'd never walked the Brooklyn Bridge. I must admit I'd never really thought about it but wow - what a treat! If you're looking for a new perspective on New York then take some time out to walk the bridge..do beware of the cyclists, they do have their own section on the sidewalk over the bridge but tend to have the same mentality as New York drivers..I'll beep you to get out of the way but if you don't I'll run you over! If the structure of the bridge wasn't beautiful enough, take a look behind you at the stunning Manhattan skyline - particularly spectacular against a bright blue sky. The best place to absorb this view is in a district called Brooklyn Heights (a cute little neighbourhood to check out if you have the time). Sit back and relax as you look out over one of the world's most famous views. Why not finish the day off with an amazing sight - New York lighting up after sunset. Too tired to walk back...take the subway!
Linking Manhattan with Brooklyn this bridge is really worth a visit as it's pretty much a tourist attraction in itself, being one of the more famous NYC landmarks. It's a functional bridge so obviously it's free and easy to find! Part of a visit to NY is trying to get the best views of the skyline and this is a great spot! There's a pedestrian section built overhead the cars section and it's worth walking all the way to the Brooklyn side to bag one hell of a spectacular view of Manhattan. It's near lower Manhattan so you'll be able to see the Statue of Liberty in the distance and a great view of the World Trade Center and other local skyscrapers. The cars zooming underneath will add to the New York buzz too. The bridge is easy to get to by bus or subway.
Short and Snappy? Well, snappy for sure. As for short, well as anyone who has watched this movie will remember, it's the fact that the monster is very far from short which makes its' encounter with the Brooklyn Bridge so utterly memorable! Having watched the movie "Godzilla" is a pretty good reason to want to see the Brooklyn Bridge. The bridge is somewhat of a star. It appears rather belatedly, but is a star nonetheless...it's all that stands between the island of Manhattan where the beast has been rampaging and the mainland of the united States of America, God bless her! All that provides protection to the unsuspecting residents elsewhere in God's own country... Well, as this really isn't meant to be a movie review and i'm getting far too carried away with movie memories, let me get a little more practical, even though for my kids and to an extent for me too, the starring part this bridge plays in the movie Godzilla is about the most exciting thing about it! The Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan to Brooklyn. It crosses the East River at a point somewhere near the tip of the island, basically just down a bit from the financial district. I would suggest taking the subway under the East River to Brooklyn Heights (a very nice area of Brooklyn) and walking back across to the island of Manhattan. If you have time, you could even preface this with a stroll along the promenade on the Brooklyn side of the bridge first, it's quite pleasant and even leafy. The views are stunning and there is definitely something about walking across such a famous landmark. It is quite a hike though, so beware if you have tired kids, it's probably better to do it one day when everyone's got enough energy. My lot whinged rather a lot of the way on what was a very hot Summer's day in the Big Apple. The footbridge crosses the river right above the deck carrying the cars, so it can be noisy, a
nd like much of NYC, somewhat fume-polluted. We didn't find this too detrimental to our enjoyment of the experience though. Take your camera (as if you needed reminding on any trip toh this amazing city!)and you can get some great shots with the Manhattan skyline in the background. Oh, and go watch Godzilla again!
New York - How long have you got? So much to see and do, so should you do the bridge. I would say yep fer sure. Why? If for no other reason than it gives you perspective on that gotham skyline. It's cool walking the canyons but cross to Brooklyn Heights and check the real scale of the place. Stunning. The relative tranquility ( if I can use that word in a review of NY ) can be a breath of fresh air in the big city. The walk along the river ( or jog, rollerblade, or stiltwalk if you must - this is NY )is cool, literally and a bonus in summertime. Heading back over the bridge to downtown NY, you can feel the city close in over you again. Not a top ten attraction, but if you're in the city for any lenght of time you'll be pleasantly surprised, and in NY that's no bad thing
I would say that this is not something that is really worth going out of your way to see. Yes its a very nice bridge and yes some people like it so much they want to walk across it just for the sake of it but personally i don't think its worth it. We were lucky enough to drive past it in a taxi and have the taxi driver point it out to us, and while it was nice seeing it, its definitly not worth making a special trip just to visit it.
Bridge linking Brooklyn to Manhattan.