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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 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.

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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    Walk the Bridge. During the day or at Sunset....

    by Tourtech Updated Aug 29, 2004

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    Bill and Daisy, world travelers experience it...

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    This is cheap, neat and fun to do. Get the water taxi accross the east river, walk up to the bridge and walk accross. Remember that this bridge was built before the turn of the century too.... (opened in 1883)

    Read the placards on the bridge and enjoy the view of the city. This is great to do because it is free, it is never crowded unlike every other tourist thing in NYC and it is an amazing view of the city.

    This is a must do for anyone going to NYC....

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    This is a “must do” for anyone visiting New York.

    by Dutchnatasja Written Oct 29, 2004

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    When in New York no tour is complete without a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. On a clear day the view of the East River and the city skyline is breathtaking. A pedestrian walkway and a well-trafficked bike lane make this bridge exceptionally people-friendly at almost any time of day.

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    Brooklyn Bridge

    by sue_stone Updated Sep 23, 2004

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    Another fabulous symbol of New York is the Brooklyn Bridge.

    This suspension bridge, that joins lower Manhattan to Brooklyn, was built between 1869 and 1883.

    It was the first suspension bridge to use steel for its cable wire, and at the time it was built it was the longest suspension bridge in the world.

    Just look at how fabulous this bridge is!

    One of the highlights of my visit to New York was walking across the bridge to Brooklyn and back again. Great views of Manhattan, and numerous photo opportunities!

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    Bravery!

    by KarenTaylor Written May 14, 2004

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    Let's just start with this..I'M TERRIFIED OF WATER! My trip therefore had to be at night when i wouldn't see the blinking thing! I had tried, on a previous visit to cross during daylight, but when I started at the Manhattan side, as soon as the concrete path stopped, and the wooden slats started.....I froze! Rightio...back to the crossing. Took the train over to Brooklyn, Got a firm grip of son's and hubby's arms and took a deep breath. As long as I kept my eyes focused straight ahead, I was champion. The problems started when they wanted to stop and take pictures! I have to admit, the view is staggering, and if I have valium, or other legal drugs, I may well attempt it during daylight this summer!

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    Brooklyn Bridge

    by bct341 Written Apr 10, 2004

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    Considered a brilliant feat of 19th-century engineering, the Brooklyn Bridge was a bridge of many firsts. It was the first suspension bridge to use steel for its cable wire. It was the first bridge to use explosives in a dangerous underwater device called a caisson. At the time it was built, the 3,460-foot Brooklyn Bridge was also crowned the longest suspension bridge in the world.

    The bridge opened to the public on May 24, 1883, at 2:00 p.m. A total of 150,300 people crossed the bridge on opening day. Each person was charged one cent to cross.

    The bridge opened to vehicles on May 24, 1883, at 5:00 p.m. A total of 1,800 vehicles crossed on the first day. Vehicles were charged five cents to cross.

    Today, the Brooklyn Bridge is the second busiest bridge in New York City. One hundred forty-four thousand vehicles cross the bridge every day.

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    Breathtaking views from a spectacular bridge

    by Christophe_Ons Written Mar 16, 2004

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    At the time of its completion in 1883, the bridge connecting the back then still separate cities Manhattan and Brooklyn was the largest suspension bridge in the world and the first one made of steel.
    It took 600 workers 16 years to build. Twenty workers died (including architect John A. Roebling) , mostly due to "the bends" or caisson disease, resulting from ascending from the underwater excavation chambers.
    Originally, the bridge had two outer and two inner lanes, and an elevated center walkway. On May 30, 1883, panic broke out after a woman tripped on the bridge and screamed - 12 of the estimated 20.000 people who were on the bridge at that time, were crushed to death.
    The Gothic double arches on either side of the bridge stand 277 ft (84m) high. At the top of each of the two towers, saddle plates anchor the cables. Each of the 4 main cables has 19 strands made of 278 parallel wires.
    The Central span of the bridge is 1.595 ft (486m) long; the roadway from anchorage to anchorage is 3.579 ft ( 1.091 m) long.
    A stroll across the bridge's walkway offers the most spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline ...

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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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    Go walking

    by pginer Written Mar 27, 2004

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    For sure you have seen this pic many-many times in a film! A piece of advise: go to Brooklyn walking by the bridge and turning to see the view (lower Manhattan).
    Then take the subway in Brooklyn and go back to Manhattan: this subway goes by Manhattan Bridge and the view is great again.

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