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    The Brooklyn Bridge

    by richiecdisc Written May 24, 2010

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    With only a couple days in NYC, it would have been silly to even thick we could see even a representative sampling of what this amazing place has to offer. So, it made sense to try and see some things we had not seen and it being Christmas time, certainly see the parts of The City that shine most during that special time of year. It was a ramshackle visit and there was no rhyme nor reason on how we picked places or in what order we visited them. Oh, I guess there was one overriding factor and that was price. We didn't have a lot of money and even though my friend had got us a free room in Jersey City just across the Hudson, we decided most of our money would be spent on food and drink. So, we were looking for cheap thrills and anything free now somehow took on a new luster. We weren't going to any Broadway shows but of course, we would have to do some of the touristy things I had managed to escape on my first twenty odd visits to the city that never sleeps.

    We arrived much later than we might have liked despite flying into the area the night prior at some ungodly hour thanks to a huge winter storm wrecking havoc on the East Coast. With getting to bed late and staying in my friend's house in NJ the first night, it was not going to be the dawn photo shoot I had been dreaming of. No, we sauntered into town after checking into our free Jersey City room well after lunchtime. We had somehow managed to not have lunch even though the original plan was to hit a deli for lunch before doing any sight-seeing. No, with this late of an arrival and it being possibly the only nice day of our trip, I forced our little group of two very different couples towards the Brooklyn Bridge, passing off anyone's hunger pains as requisite payment for such a late arrival. Once in sight, it was like a magnet compelling me. The light was perfect and the iconic landmark forged in my brain after watching Woody Allen's Manhattan a few too many times never looked so impressive. Sure, there are bigger bridges but in its day, and that day was way back in 1883, it was the biggest and surely most impressive with its first ever steel wire construction. But that's just nuts and bolts. Outside of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, I don't think there is another nearly as atmospheric and if you do it in Black & White, it wins hands down.

    Walking across The Brooklyn Bridge is something I've always wanted to do and never got around to but there is something a bit anti-climatic about actually getting onto this thing. And believe me, it's no easy task when you start out by trying to get pictures of it from the pier and right at its base. This puts you what seems miles from the entrance of the bridge, especially when it's a clear cold winter's day. Still, some things have to be done and this was one time I was not to be thwarted. Once on the bridge, you are stuck with the fact that you can no longer see is beautiful breadth though you are rewarded with not only an up close look at its intricate construction but also unparalleled views of the New York City skyline. This is one gorgeous walk as the sun is going down and that is exactly what we were quite unwittingly doing. I would have likely planned this for early morning and this is one time when the best plan is not your first choice. So, as it turned out our late arrival turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I got my best photos that afternoon, not only of Brooklyn Bridge but of the NYC skyline and with the aid of a strong zoom, The Empire State Building too! That this amazing walk would lead us to one of the best pizzas I've ever eaten was only icing on the cake but believe me, after this long of a walk, it was a well-deserved reward at that!

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  • Visit when it rains, or snows

    by jamaher Written May 7, 2010

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    Are you sad because you're visiting New York and it's raining, or snowing? Not many people know that it's best to visit the Brooklyn Bridge during the rain! Not only does the bridge clear with tourists during the rain, but it ads a magical atmosphere to the views of the city and the bridge itself.

    Also stop to read the plaques on the bridge about the history of the construction of the bridge. It's an incredible story with the main architect dying a month into construction and his son getting the bends from the construction and spending the last 11 years leading the construction without actually setting foot on the bridge!

    You can read more about the history of the bridge here: http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/articles/26-brooklyn-bridge

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    Best Free Thing #1 - Walk the Brooklyn Bridge

    by goodfish Updated Apr 29, 2010

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    This was the #1 thing on my to-do list and the highlight of the week. It was also the most frustrating as my camera battery checked out before I could capture those amazing views of the Manhattan skyline - $#%#*&!

    This is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the country and the first to be constructed across the East River. Connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn, this mile-long icon of NYC was engineered by John Roebling and son, Washington - both of whom sustained fatal and near-fatal injuries seeing the dream to reality. The elder Roebling was surveying a location for the Brooklyn tower when his foot was crushed by an incoming ferry; he died of tetanus several weeks later. Washington took the reins as chief engineer only to become almost totally incapacitated from decompression sickness (also known as "the bends") after emerging from one of the deep, dangerous caissons used to build the foundations of the bridge. Unable to oversee the work from the construction site, he carried on, with a telescope, from his bed and his wife, Emily, became the unofficial director of the massive operation. Begun in 1867, it was finally completed in 1883 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964.

    Today, the bridge channels many thousands of vehicles, bikers and pedestrians between the two boroughs and, day or night, the magnificent panorama of Lower Manhattan from this nearly 150 year-old engineering marvel is reason enough to lace on your walking shoes. If you become a bit peckish after all that exercise, one of NYC's top pizzarias, Grimaldi's, is located at the foot of the bridge, near the river, on the Brooklyn side. The attached link, "How to Walk the Brooklyn Bridge" (with thanks to Kristin Goode), will tell you how to get there. It's casual, inexpensive and usually very busy.

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    Walking on the Brooklyn Bridge

    by marielexoteria Updated Feb 5, 2010

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    The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the iconic and maybe most photographed symbols of NYC, shown in many tv-shows and movies. This bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the US and was completed in 1883. It connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn along the East River.

    The bridge has a total length of 1825m, and its construction started in 1870 by the Roebling family. Building the bridge was an ambitious project at that time without the modern technology we have today to measure how bridges react to winds. With that said, the bridge has proven strong, as the bridge has 3 separate systems to make sure that the bridge wouldn't collapse if a lot of people walked on it (for example, in the event of a transport strike).

    The pedestrian area of the bridge is located on top of the vehicular area, and along the way there are some benches for you to sit and relax, people watch and take in the views. The right side of the path is for pedestrians and the left side for cyclists.

    Walking on the bridge is one of the few free things you can enjoy in NYC. Walking the whole bridge back and forth took me about 1 hour one way starting from City Hall in Manhattan and almost until the Brooklyn Promenade, at my own pace and of stopping to take pictures and looking at my surroundings. This is one place to take great shots of Manhattan's skyline, but one cannot forget to admire Brooklyn's skyline as well because it is rather nice.

    The Brooklyn Bridge My fellow walkers and passbyers Lower Manhattan Midtown and beyond Brooklyn's skyline
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    Icon Bridges of Manhattan

    by BruceDunning Updated Jan 6, 2010

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    The two that span and connect this island are the Brooklyn Bridge to you know where and Manhattan Bridge. Brooklyn Bridge cost $15 million when built in 1883, and they have spent $3 billion since then to keep it upgraded and maintained as an "icon of the old era"/ They are very close together and used consistently day and nite. Commuter traffic is very heavy at peak hours, so beware.

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    You can't go to NYC and not walk the Bridge!

    by clareabee Written Dec 7, 2009

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    Brooklyn Bridge is an amazing feat of engineering, but it is also beautiful. I took many a picture walking over here as I loved it that much.

    You get fantastic views of the New York skyline as you walk over the bridge towards Manhattan - truly amazing and made our trip - this was one of the major highlights for me.

    I would recommend getting the subway across to the Brooklyn side if you are short on time to Clark Street. It is slightly confusing when you come out of the station but just ask somebody how to get onto the bridge and somebody will be happy to help you.

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    Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

    by travelfrosch Updated Nov 15, 2009

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    Fans of the "Grand Theft Auto" video game will be familiar with the scene. It is possible to walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn (or vice versa) over the Brooklyn Bridge. The Manhattan side of the bridge is accessible from the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall subway station (served by the 4,5, and 6 Trains), Chambers Street (J, M, Z), or City Hall (R,W); while the Brooklyn side is close to the High Street subway station (served by the A and C Trains). The way to go is rather simple: walk on the middle walkway between the lanes of traffic (left-hand side for bikes, right-hand side for pedestrians). The walkway will soon become the familiar wooden planks. The views from either side are tremendous; you get especially good, unobstructed views from the observation points on the two stanchions. Be sure to keep control of yourself as you enjoy the views, or you might start speaking with a Russian accent and get a strange urge to steal cars.

    I also understand the entire bridge is for sale. If you're interested, talk to any of the water salesmen on either side of the bridge for details.

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    Go on the Brooklyn Bridge Walkway!

    by jumpingnorman Updated Jun 6, 2009

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    We just arrived in NYC and we visited our friend who lived in Queens. It was about 5 PM and I just wanted the twins to tire out completely, so I thought about bringing them to the Brooklyn Bridge. We just rode the subway from Queens, using the J train and getting the intersection at Broadway Junticon to get on the BLUE A train to get to High Street which is the eastern entrance of the Brooklyn Bridge. Just go up the steps, and voila - you can go on the bridge, take great pictures and end up at the City Hall and Chinatown on the other end.

    The subway system of NYC is easy to understand and just get the map and get on either side of the bridge and it is an easy walk. Before the walk, we even got some hotdogs on the many stands on the streets....just to have energy for the long walk....

    Remember to stay on the Left side for walking because there are a lot of bikers who go the RIGHT side.

    At the western end gothic wall/tower of the Bridge, I did see the year 1875 - although I saw in some books that it supposedly was opened in 1883? - designed by Prussian engineer John Roebling. I have walked this bridge 16 years before, but now that I am older, I appreciate more the intricate webbing of the lines of steel.

    From the bridge, you can also see the Statue of Liberty and the many boats coming out of Pier 17 to take a cruise near the statue. The outline of the Big Apple with the Empire State is also seen....truly a great walk to do in NY and you will see people from all over the world! We were lucky we did it that afternoon because the weather was just perfect!

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    Walking the famous Bridge to Brooklyn

    by lynnehamman Updated Jun 2, 2009

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    One of our favourite things to do in New York is to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge- a must do while in New York

    The history of the bridge is legendary.
    Construction began on January 3, 1870,lasting 13 years. Washington Roebling, son of the original builder John Roebling , completed the building of the bridge after the untimely death of his father from tetanus, after an accident. Washington himself became ill after suffering an attackof the "bends" whilest doing underwater surveillance of the site.Washington's wife, Emily Roebling, became his aide, learning engineering and communicating his ideas and commands to the workers on-site. When the bridge opened, she was the first person to cross it. Washington Roebling rarely visited the site again.

    On the opening day, a total of 1,800 vehicles and 150,000 people crossed what was then the only land passage between Manhattan and Long Island. The bridge's main span over the East River is 1,595 feet 6 inches (486.3 m). The bridge cost $15.5 million to build and approximately 27 people died during its construction.

    At the time it opened, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world — 50% longer than any previously built — and it has become a treasured landmark. The granite Gothic towers at either end were the tallest structures in the Western Hemisphere for some years.At night the bridge is floodlit to highlight the architecture..
    The Brooklyn Bridge has a wide pedestrian walkway open to walkers and cyclists in the center of the bridge and higher than the automobile lanes. While the bridge has always permitted the passage of pedestrians across its span, its role in allowing thousands to cross takes on a special importance in times of difficulty when usual means of crossing the East River have become unavailable. 9/11 witnessed its saddest moment, when thousands fled across it b%

    Once you have crossed the bridge explore BROOKLYN , another fascinating New York place.

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    The eighth miracle of the world

    by csordila Updated Feb 21, 2009

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    Few people know that the tower rising at the two bridgeheads, resembling mostly a Gothic cathedral, is really an imitation of a church. It makes a great backdrop for a picture, especially with all your friends strolling there.
    The largest suspension bridge of the world was for a long time, it was not accidentally called as the eighth miracle of the world in this manner. The two towers of the Brooklyn bridge resembles the Divi-Blasii church towers, in the engineer, John Roebling's hometown, in Mühlhausen.
    After the opening, a week later occured the first and till today the one single catastrophe on the bridge. Somebody stumbled in the crowd, and pulled more people with himself. The news spread in the crowd as lightning, that the bridge collapses. The panic broke out, and in the frightened crowd more than 30 people were trampled to death.

    From the Manhattan side you can walk to the bridge's separated bike path near City Hall, from Park Row and Centre Street. Be careful, the bicycle traffic is rather heavy sometimes, and cyclists often do not stop for meandering pedestrians.
    Of the bridge apart from the gorgeous views of the skylines, which have been appropriate on both side of the East River, even the Statue of Liberty can be seen.

    If you do not mind, to complain about the prices, the fairly expensive River Café on the Brooklyn side offers more amazing views of Manhattan. However, do not be surprised, when your invoice shows an amount more than $100 . But it is worthwhile because of the great view.

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    Brooklyn Bridge.

    by a5floor Updated Nov 30, 2008

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    There are so many bridges between Manhattan and the rest of NYC. But the most wellknow bridge is the Brooklyn Bridge. The bridge was designed by Prussian engineer John Roebling and was made in 1883. It has Gothic towers and steel cables.

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    A Walk to Remember

    by travelgirl78 Written Nov 20, 2008

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    This historical landmark is the perfect way to get great shots of the NYC skyline. It can be done in a brisk half hour, or a leisurely hour. Weekends can be quite busy during the day, but nights are less busy and a real treat! If you walk from the Manhattan side to the Brooklyn side, be sure to take a walk under the bridge for some tasty treats. Some of the best pizza and ice cream in all of NY. Greatest part is that the walk is FREE!!!!!!!!!

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    The loveliest bridge

    by toonsarah Updated Nov 12, 2008

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    Of the many bridges that link Manhattan Island to the mainland, this is probably the best known and in my opinion is the most attractive. The Gothic style stone arches of its granite and limestone towers are one of the distinctive images of New York.

    It is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States and is 5,989 feet long, 85 feet wide and 135 feet high at its tallest point. When it opened in 1883 it was the largest suspension bridge in the world and the first ever steel-wire suspension bridge.

    We chose to walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn on a bright morning, when the dun was still low enough to help us create some interesting shots. The walkway is a raised wooden strip down the centre of the bridge, which pedestrians share with cyclists (a marked lane for each). Traffic thunders below you on either side, so don’t expect a peaceful walk, or to be able to hang over the side to look at the East River beneath. But the views back to Downtown and Midtown Manhattan are fantastic and will have you stopping to take another photo every few yards. If you want to pause for a rest and a more leisurely contemplation of those views there are handily placed benches along the way.

    Once you reach the other side, head for Fulton Street State Park & Brooklyn Bridge Parks, down by the water on either side of the bridge, for more great photo opportunities and a chance to relax after your walk (see my Off the Beaten Path tip for more on these parks).

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    Walk till Brooklyn!

    by mindcrime Updated Jul 31, 2008

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    This is the most popular bridge in NY and considered as one of the greatest engineering works of the 19th century. It’s the bridge that connects Manhattan with Brooklyn over the East river and although the New Yorkers use their cars to pass the visitor can enjoy a walk over the bridge through the elevated pedestrian wooden path. Watch out the half part of the path is for the bicycles and believe me they go really fast so keep the line if you don’t want to get hurt!

    I went there to walk the bridge during sunset and I enjoyed the magnificent view over downtown Manhattan skyline, especially when the sun went down and I was standing there watching only the skyscrapers that looked like were painted black as ink against the sky! From the other side you can see the Manhattan bridge which is also beautiful. I also took some nice photos of Empire States Building that is 1,5km away. Try to take photos between the pattern of the steel cables, or just only the neo gothic double-arched towers. If you want to view the bridge from Manhattan you can go down to Pier 17 at the South street Seaport. From Brooklyn you can go down to Pier 1 at the Fulton ferry.

    It's the first steel-wire suspension bridge in the world and at those times the longest suspension bridge. Some people had the idea of a bridge there since the early 19th century as a solution to overcrowding in Manhattan. It was designed by John Roebling but he died of tetanus during his search for a location for the bridge tower site! His son Washington took over and built the bridge.

    The construction started in 1869 but took about 14 years to complete and many people died during the construction because of bad working conditions. Even Washington Roebling injured and he started give orders to his wife Emily from his house in Brooklyn.

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    Spend some time here

    by PierreZA Written Jun 30, 2008

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    The Brooklyn Bridge was one of the highlights of my visit to New York. I am not certain why it had such an impact on me – but it did. It is a functional bridge with a lot of history and beautiful architecture. Take a walk on the wooden pedestrian part of the bridge (which seems to be very popular) for some great views of Manhattan.

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