It's one of the best walks in the World! We walked across from Brooklyn, stayed in a home stay there for a week. What a great place. Smith St is choc a bloc full of cafes and restaurants, French, American, Sth American...you name it. I just wish there were more hotels in Brooklyn, it's real America. One Street is million dollar brownstones, the next an industrial site, then clapboards, then million dollar homes...what a contrast. I guess there was no planning committee. But the contrast makes it.
I'd walk across the Brooklyn Bridge...have lunch...then walk back across the Manhattan Bridge.
If I lived in America...I'd live in Brooklyn...possible Carroll Gardens...but I'm not a "made man"!
Central Park has free tours...check their web site
check bigapplegreeters.com for more free tours
near sunset take the Staten Island Ferry to see the skyline... stay on and watch the sunset and the city lights go
Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge - half way
check when museums are free
Fondest memory: many but evening sail boat tour
9/11 Tribute tour
No visit to New York would be complete without a trip to Brooklyn. Take the subway to Clark Street and turn right out of the station. Walk past Hicks Street then turn left into Willow. Admire the beautifully preserved brownstones as well as a lovely old converted firehouse. At Pierrepont, turn right and keep walking until you hit the promenade. As you walk beneath the trees remember to inhale as the view will take your breath away. Laid out before you is the whole of lower Manhattan - from the Staten Island Ferry terminal to the Brooklyn Bridge, you have an uninterrupted view of some of the most expensive real estate on the planet. All the iconic buildings are there - 40 Wall Street, the American International and Woolworth Buildings as well as the preserved sailing ships anchored at South Street Seaport. Take a seat on one of the many benches and just breathe it in.
When you've taken as many photos as you want, continue heading north towards the Brooklyn Bridge following the promenade until it ends at Old Fulton Street. Left takes you down to the water's edge and Fulton Street Landing and the River Café. Right takes you past Grimaldi's famous pizza parlour and eventually to Prospect Street. Turn left here and walk under the bridge. On your left hand side you will see an entrance in the gloom which leads to a set of steps. Climb up and you will emerge onto the Brooklyn Bridge walkway. If you can time this entrance for about half an hour before sunset you will be treated to the finest view this fair city has to offer. Look to your left and you will see the Statue of Liberty silhouetted by the setting sun along with the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, the Bayonne Bridge and numerous New Jersey derricks. Look to your right to see midtown bathed in a honey glow that is only seen at this time of day. Straight ahead is the financial district, the Woolworth Building, the Municipal Building and the sheer splendour of the bridge in all its glory.
Grab a 'big beer' from the South Street Seaport on a Friday afternoon in the summer and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.If you're really motivated, keep walking through Brooklyn heaading toward Atlantic Avenue. Have a wonderful dinner in one of the many Lebanese restaruants along Atlantic Avenue. Walk off all the calories on the way back to the city. Consider stopping at the landing in Brooklyn Heights for a stunning view of the nightime Manhattan skyline.
Fondest memory: This was a wonderful activity on a wam summer afternoon, after a long days work.
A good place to take nice photos is from Brooklyn Bridge. Whilst walking over the bridge, you get great views of the Manhattan Skyline, and also the lower Manhattan Skyline.
Take the Subway to to Brooklyn Bridge, and then from the Eastern Side of the City Hall is where the walkway starts, the views are great.
Then if you are walking over the bridge to booklyn, you will get to a part where there is a split in the road, go left and downstairs, you will cross under a bridge. Cross the intersection and walk in the direction of the water, you will reach a walkway where you can also take nice pictures of the skyline. Unfortunately I dont know the exact way as I was strolling, but its very close to Cranberry Street. You will be under the Expressway... its a lovely walk, and you can even see the statue of Liberty from there.
Another place not to be missed in your visit to New York,is BROOKLYN BRIDGE.Walking along the bridge during the afternoon or evening,you can see beautiful views of Financial Distric in Manhattan.
In this picture, you can see also the Manhattan Bridge.
Favorite thing: The seagull has the best view of the bridge. Imagine being able to fly above around and even through the bridge!! It's a lovely bridge...very impressive as are all the bridges around NYC. Most of them built by the master builder Robert Moses during a frenzy of change in the city. This view is from the financial district.....where we were about to walk through Wall Street.
Favorite thing: The Brooklyn bidge is by far the coolest bridge in NYC. It's gothic design is complicated, yet simple. It's really unlike any other bridge i've ever seen. It's over 100 year old, now, and it still has a timelessness about it. It is truely a New York icon.You can walk or bike across it, for a great view of the city from Brooklyn. check it out, it's easy to find, just don't try to buy it from anyone.
Cliches be damned, but first time visitors should really see the Chrysler building, the empire state observation deck at night, liberty island cruise, snowy central park at the weekend, the view of Brooklyn bridge at the pier area near Water Street in the financial district. Coney Island, even when the funfair's closed, for that 50s Americana rocket vibe.
Fondest memory: When I'm away from New York I miss the deli food, the mouthy people, the steaming manhole covers, the sweet smell of street corner roasted nuts, the blaring car horns, the amazing architecture and the generally studenty/arty atmosphere around the village.
1) Go to Brooklyn bridge, & take in the wonderful view of the Manhattan skyline.
2) Catch a game (if you can get tickets) for any sports event at Madison square garden
3) Get to the Apollo theatre in Harlem for amateur night-fantastic entertainment with audience participation
Fondest memory: Watching the New York Knicks at Madison Sq. Garden - a dream come true for me, as I'm a basketball junkie, & always wanted to visit one of the most famous sports arenas in the world. Seats are steeply banked, making for excellent views & closeness to the action, & the atmosphere has to be experienced to be believed.
See it all! New York is a great city that is tourist friendly. I am usually against really tuouristy stuff. Haveing said that, I reccommend visiting the Empire State building. Its like $11USD,but I think for $17USD you can pay for the observatory and the theme ride. The ride(can't remember the name) is a joke. Don't bother. But the observatory is fun,and you get great views obviously! Also,I reccommend walking the Brooklyn Bridge. I know many are afraid because they aren't sure what is lurking on the other side in Brooklyn. Well,let me tell you: First of all,there is a subway station on the other side,but if you do walk over,you get a special treat MOST tourists miss. Brooklyn Heights and the Promenade! One of the most affluent neighborhoods in the city is filled with shops and GREAT restaurants and since is has some of the highest real estate prices in the city,you KNOW it has beautiful places! At the end of Montague St. is the Promenade where you get a GREAT view of the skyline. Although now its scarred. :( And last,but not least I reccommend walking in Central Park.
Fondest memory: My best memories of New York are walking the streets and taking in the sheer vastness and immensity of this great city!
Favorite thing: New York is, IMHO, the most magnificent place in the world. This stupendous City is a pure urban fantasy! Every sight like this one, from the Brooklyn Bridge to the late Twins is absolutely awesome and the City is a sheer, perpetual architectural magic...
This one is a no brainer, it's the adventures and time I get to spend with my wife. Our day trips across Manhattan have been a lot of fun.
This is Jeannine last August when we went arcoss the Brooklyn Bridge
Walk... So many people in the streets walking to their work, to go shopping, to go to show...
They walk a lot, so they can enjoy the great architecture of this city. And meet all those people who sell food or whatever along the street !
Herebye : view of downtown Manhattan, from the Brooklyn bridge. Was a rainy day, but some people were walking on the bridge !
Walk the Brooklyn Bridge, walk throught Central Park, and just walk everywhere to make sure you dont miss a thing!
Fondest memory: Staying in Soho in the most beautiful apartment and having it to ourselves. With a great view of the 'Twin Towers's from the window.
I'll be back with photos soon