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The first gateway to Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Bridge (New York, USA)
Member Name: Dexter01
Brooklyn Bridge (New York, USA)
Advantages: It's free, nice and healthy walking.
Disadvantages: Busy, crazy cyclists.
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.
Summary: Make the trip across, well worth it.