Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

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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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    Brooklyn Bridge Walk

    by deWilde Written Jun 21, 2008

    There aren't a ton of things that are free in this world especially in NYC but a nice walk (day or night) across the Brooklyn Bridge is always a welcome treat. The views are phenomenal and you can meet many people from many places. I've always been about making new friends. LOL!

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    Walk Brooklyn Bridge

    by SailorRoar Updated Apr 2, 2008

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    Walking across Brooklyn Bridge is a great experience, the view is world class, and you feel somewhat privileged going on to this museum of a bridge. We did it during the day, but I can imagine it is a lot better after sunset.

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    Chinatown-Brooklyn Bridge-Brooklyn Heights

    by rickshur Written Mar 7, 2008

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    Have dinner before sunset on Mott Street in Chinatown. Walk south on Mott Street (the numbers get lower), and when you get to the end of Mott, turn right, and walk south to City Hall Park and the pedestrian entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge. Walk over the bridge and stay in the middle of the bridge to watch the sun go down behind downtown Manhattan. Then go to Brooklyn Heights and have desert on Montague Street. Catch a subway back to wherever you need to go on Montague. This is one of the most romantic dates you can have as long as it's not too hot, too cold, or overcast.

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    Walk into Brooklyn

    by meganavery Updated Feb 21, 2008

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    The Brooklyn Bridge is my favorite spot in NYC. Every time I see it I am amazed at how beautiful it is. My first trip over it was in 2005 when, on a sunny 65 degree New Years Day, my friend and I walked from my apartment in Hells Kitchen to meet my sister in Brooklyn. We saw Jerry Senfield walking with a group of buddies and smoking a cigar! Most people get to the middle and stop but Brooklyn has so much to offer. DUMBO has a yummy chocolate shop (Jacques Torres), there is a beautiful park below, and ice cream factory, and on into Brooklyn Heights you can walk the promenade and stop in a great little restaurant on Montague Street.

    Big tip when walking over the Bridge---DON'T WALK IN THE BIKE LANE!

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    Brooklyn Bridge walkabout

    by Restless-in-kl Written Jan 16, 2008

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    Built from 1870-1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States and it stretches 5,989 feet (1825 m)[1] over the East River connecting the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

    During my stay in NY, I had driven on the bridge, took a subway that runs under it and admired it on a Circle Line cruise. But for me, the best way to experience the Brooklyn Bridge is to walk on it. The bridge has a wide pedestrian walkway open to walkers and cyclists, in the center of the bridge and higher than the automobile lanes.

    So choose a beautiful sunny day and start walking.

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    How to do the Brooklyn Bridge and Promenade

    by jbel2879 Written Jan 7, 2008

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    I live in Brooklyn and am lucky enough to run across the Brooklyn Bridge almost every day. If I were visiting NYC, here is how I would do the Bridge.

    1. Start in Brooklyn. The view walking from Brooklyn is INFINITELY better than vice-versa. Take the A/C train to the first stop in Brooklyn, High Street, and start your excursion there.

    2. Do the Promenade first. Walk a bit west to Middagh St. and follow it all the way to the Brooklyn Promenade. Walk South on it - don't worry, it's only about a third of a mile. Drink in the breathtaking New York's skyline, and also look from afar at the technological wonder across which you'll soon walk. When it was completed in the 1880s, the Brooklyn Bridge was not only the longest suspension bridge at the time, it was the most beautiful. Notice how dainty the spiderweb-like cording looks from afar.

    3. Make your way back north to the Bridge via Columbia Street, and take note of the gorgeous brownstone townhouses that made Brooklyn Heights such a popular place of residence throughout the 19th century, when Brooklyn was its own city - the fourth largest city in the United States, actually, before the five boroughs were consolidated to be NYC in 1898. Cut across on one of the fruit streets - Cranberry, Orange, or Pineapple.

    4. Walk the Bridge, taking care to read the well-written historical plaques. Please remember to stay in the walking lane, and do not stray into the bike lane - I've seen so many people almost get killed. Also, be respectful of the joggers!

    5. At the end of the Bridge, take note of the great view of the Woolworth Building, also known as the "Cathedral of Commerce." It cost $13 million to build in 1912; that's the same amount as the corruption-laden and much-smaller Tweed Courthouse on Chamber St. cost in 1883.

    7. When to go: I know this seems bizarre, but you will have the bridge all to yourself on a cloudy and foggy day. Weekday mornings are also quiet. Avoid sunny weekends like the plague if you are claustrophobic.

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    Enjoy a great view of the city from the bridge

    by Jefie Updated Dec 9, 2007

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    The Brooklyn Bridge stretches across East River from Manhattan to Brooklyn. At the time it was completed back in 1883, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world (1.8 km long). The beautiful gothic design of the bridge and its distinctive cables, along with the great view it offers of the Manhattan cityscape, make it a very popular spot for tourists, lovers, joggers and cyclists. The bridge's walkway is located at the center of the bridge and it is slightly higher than the car lanes, which makes crossing the bridge a very pleasant activity. We ended up spending over an hour on the bridge, sometimes walking and sometimes sitting down on one of the benches, watching the city light up as the sun was coming down. One of my favorite memories of my first visit to New York City!

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    Brooklyn Bridge

    by magdalena2007 Written Nov 15, 2007

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    Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is a really neat experience. The best time is at sunrise and sunset because the colors are amazing and you have a small glimpse of the Statue of Liberty with the view of NYC. Taking photos can be a little tricky since there are tons of other people doing the same thing so you will have others in your photo. All the lines from the bridge really pull you in. The view is spectacular.

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    Great View :)

    by JohnniOmani Written Nov 2, 2007

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    The Brooklyn Bridge is def one of the oldest suspension bridges in the US and it spans across the East River and connects into Manhattan. The bridge itself is well over a hundred years old and the towers were originally the highest structures in the Western hemisphere. This gothic style bridge is an impressive sight in itself and the views of Manhattan are fantastic. The bridge also runs parallel to the Manhattan bridge giving you some great photo ops of that bridge and other parts of the city. My walk across the bridge was highlighted by stumbling onto the set of the Sex and the City and I managed to get a few photos of the stars while I was walking by them. The Brooklyn Bridge is world famous and a must for every visitor to NYC.

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    One of New York's highlights

    by King_Golo Updated Oct 25, 2007

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    Brooklyn Bridge is a must-see for every visitor in New York. This means that it gets pretty crowded with all the tourists hanging around and taking pictures, but it is still worth it.
    The magnificent bridge was built from 1867 to 1883 by several engineers of German descent. A long and harsh winter during which East River was completely frozen and thus disabled ferry traffic triggered the construction of the 1091m long bridge. The main part between the towers is 486m long and probably the reason for the popularity of the bridge. Perhaps it was this view that made photographer Alfred Stieglitz state that Brooklyn Bridge is the "true expression of our civilization". Entering the footpath in the middle of the bridge from Manhattan you can soon enjoy nice vistas on parts of Brooklyn. However, the most beautiful view is when you turn around and see Downtown Manhattan in all its beauty. This is especially beautiful early in the morning or at dusk when the light illuminates the skyline more intensively. Another thing you must do on Brooklyn Bridge is taking a closer look at the cables between the pylons holding the bridge. Much of its charme comes from them and the patterns they draw in front of the sky or the skyline.

    For more pictures of Brooklyn Bridge see my travelogue!

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    BROOKLYN BRIDGE

    by Maggies Updated Aug 2, 2007

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    Completed in 1883, it was the largest suspension bridge and the first to be constructed of steel. The bridge took 16 years to build, required 600 workers and claimed 20 lives. Two Gothic double arches one in Brooklyn, the other one in Manhattan were built in 1875 and were meant to be the portals of the cities.
    From the pedestrian walkway there are great views of Manhattan and the bridge itself.

    If you look at the pics you'll see Brooklyn Bridge covered in black smoke. It did look scary and I still don't know what happened then.

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    Walk The Brooklyn Bridge

    by Mikebb Written Jul 29, 2007

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    We caught the metro to Brooklyn and took a few hours to look around before deciding to walk the bridge back to Manhattan. Our first problem was finding how to access the bridge , we found a sign and everything was easy from there on.

    The bridge was built in 1883 to link the cities of Manhattan and Brooklyn, taking 16 years to complete and claiming 20 lives. It was the first ever steel suspension bridge and is a joy to walk.The walkway is shared with cyclists with a dividing line and it is important to respect the division as cycles speed by at alarming speeds.

    Our walk was late afternoon on a beautiful sunny day and we enjoyed magnificent views of the city and Hudson River. There was little wind and we stopped many times to take photos and absorb the moment. The walk took approximately 50 minutes but you could complete much quicker should you choose not to stop as often as we did.

    The Brooklyn Side Of Bridge Coming to the middle, note the Suspender wires Plaque Honouring John A Roebling, Engineer View To Manhattan City View Through The Suspender Wires
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    Bridge walk

    by Suzze Updated Jul 18, 2007

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    When you come to New York this has to be done...........you have to walk across Brooklyn Bridge! We did it early in the morning so it wasn't too hot as being July it was scorching. We had a two day bus tour on the Gray Line so we got off at the bridge then did the walk. It was amazing, it took us just under an hour as we kept stopping to admire the views, take photos, watch the joggers and cyclists. We also stopped to read about the construction of the bridge as every so often they had plaques that you could read. We eventually came to the end but you have to walk along the pedestrian walkway before you come onto the streets in Brooklyn.
    We stopped for a cold drink before we went quite mad trying to find the bus stop to pick the bus tour up again. Very very confusing to say the least, and a tip for any of you about to do what we did. If your using the Gray Line New York bus tour and you want to pick the bus up at the nearest one coming off the bridge be warned there isn't one! We were going quite insane trying to find it as it said on the map it was by the Marriott Hotel. In the end after nearly getting a divorce we asked a really nice policeman and he pointed to right where the hotel was and we said well where is the bus stop, and he gave a big smile and said there is'nt one! You just stand outside the hotel and the bus will come along and pick you up, which it did. Crazy. Every where else there were stops in the city. Anyway we then carried on our tour of Brooklyn and then came back over Manhattan Bridge to downtown.

    The start of our walk across the bridge Me and hubbie on Brooklyn Bridge View of downtown Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge View of downtown Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge

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