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The Heart of New York City
A FAVORITE 360 PANORAMA photography bubble of the Brooklyn Bridge walk from the South Street Seaport area in Lower Manhattan across to Brooklyn, NY. The Manhattan Bridge curving around the opposite edge. We love how the historic apartment complexes next to the Brooklyn bridge are detailed in the forefront, with a distant Brooklyn panoramic skyline wrapping the other side of this I LOVE NY bubble. Both the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge architectural details and arches are clearly accented in this kind of swirling daytime NYC walking tour across these famous New York City bridges.
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Walking Across The Brooklyn Bridge, A Visitors Guide
Walk on the elevated pedestrian path without worrying about the cars whizzing by. Enjoy the remarkable skyline view while you're there. Millions of people visit the Brooklyn Bridge every year simply to see the gleaming river beneath Manhattan skyscrapers.
A walk across the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the best things to do in New York City and it’s FREE.
The walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, whether you’re walking from Brooklyn to Manhattan or vice versa, is one of the most iconic walks New York City has to offer. There are, however, some specifics you need to know before you span the bridge and take in those awesome views of lower Manhattan and the New York Harbor. Here’s everything you need to know about how to get on the bridge, what to do on the bridge, and what to do when you get to the other side.
From Manhattan, you enter the bridge at City Hall in Lower Manhattan, right along Centre Street.
If you’re walking, you should plan to spend around an hour getting from one side to the other (that’s taking into account time for photographs). It’s about a 1.3 mile walk one way. You’ll be able to cross the bridge on a bike in less than 15 minutes, but it isn’t recommended for visitors.
Access to the Brooklyn Bridge is 24 hours per day and it is beautiful at any time of day, but sunset is particularly nice! This way, you can take in the views of both Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty while there is still light out and then watch as all the sights come to life with electric wonder. Be warned for whatever time of day you go, it can get chilly up there on the bridge. Plan ahead and bring a jacket or sweater (in fall, winter or spring) so that you can enjoy your walk! Be sure to check out our guide on New York City weather to help plan which pieces of clothing to bring. It is also very safe to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge at night, as there are many tourists and commuters using the bridge till about 11 pm (23:00) at night.
Where To Take Photographs
You’ll have endless photo opportunities along the way, including views of the Statue of Liberty, Governor’s Island and lower Manhattan to the south, and midtown Manhattan and the other bridges to the north. (The two closest bridges are the Manhattan Bridge and the Williamsburg Bridge.) The best place to take pictures is at the two towers of the bridge, where there’s space for sightseeing away from the bike and pedestrian traffic.
Just walked across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn? Take the stairway down to Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO for great sightseeing, eating, drinking, and shopping. Take a look at the articles What to do after you walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and Neighborhood Walks: Brooklyn Heights. (There’s also a brand-new Shake Shack that just moved in.)
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TIP: Run daily pay-what-you-wish guided tours of the Brooklyn Bridge as well as night tour of the Brooklyn Bridge and 911 Memorial. Viator offers Brooklyn Bridge Tours that also visit One World Observatory.
The Borough of Brooklyn
New York City comprises 5 boroughs sitting where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean. At its core is Manhattan, a densely populated borough that’s among the world’s major commercial, financial and cultural centers. Its iconic sites include skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and sprawling Central Park. Broadway theater is staged in neon-lit Times Square.
Brooklyn (/ˈbrʊklᵻn/) is the most populous borough of New York City, with a Census-estimated 2,636,735 residents in 2015. It borders the borough of Queens at the southwestern end of Long Island. Since 1896, Brooklyn has had the same boundaries as Kings County, the most populous county in the U.S. state of New York, and the second-most densely populated county in the United States, after the county of New York (which is coextensive with the borough of Manhattan).
With a land area of 71 square miles (180 km2) and water area of 26 square miles (67 km2), Kings County is New York's fourth-smallest county by land area and third-smallest by total area, though it is the second-largest among the city's five boroughs.Today, if New York City dissolved, Brooklyn would rank as the third-most populous city in the U.S., behind Los Angeles and Chicago.
Brooklyn was an independent incorporated city (and previously an authorized village and town within the provisions of the New York State Constitution) until January 1, 1898, when, after a long political campaign and public relations battle during the 1890s, according to the new Municipal Charter of "Greater New York", Brooklyn was consolidated with the other cities, boroughs, and counties to form the modern "City of New York," surrounding the Upper New York Bay with five constituent boroughs. The borough continues, however, to maintain a distinct culture. Many Brooklyn neighborhoods are ethnic enclaves. Brooklyn's official motto, displayed on the Borough seal and flag, is Eendraght Maeckt Maght which translates from early modern Dutch as "Unity makes strength".
In the first decades of the 21st century, Brooklyn has experienced a renaissance as an avant garde destination for hipsters, with concomitant gentrification, dramatic house price increases, and a decrease in housing affordability. Since 2010, Brooklyn has evolved into a thriving hub of entrepreneurship and high technology startup firms, and of postmodern art and design.
Brooklyn Bridge Facts
Suspended over the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan to Brooklyn. Designated a national historic landmark in 1964, this engineering feat is one of America’s most famous bridges and one of New Yorks greatest attractions.
Probably the most prominent features of the Brooklyn Bridge are the large towers to which the web of cables are attached. The magnificent Gothic arches stand tall above the heavy traffic flow. With great views of the river, the bridge’s strong architecture, and downtown Manhattan, you can't miss out on this wonderfully free opportunity.
The Brooklyn Bridge, completed in 1883, was the world's first bridge to be constructed of steel. It spans the East River from Manhattan. The bridge is an American landmark that has inspired generations of poets, songwriters and painters. Engineer John Roebling conceived of the bridge in 1855 and worked out every detail from its two granite towers to its four suspended steel cables. In June 1869 while determining the Brooklyn tower site, a ferry crushed Roebling's foot. Three weeks later, before ground had been broken, Roebling died of tetanus. Roebling's son, Washington, picked up the reins and executed his Father's grand plans. In 1872, however, Washington developed caisson's disease which robbed him of his seeing, walking and writing facilities. The bridge features two powerful stone towers which are connected at the top with Gothic-shaped arches. They carry four cables that cross the East River.
The Brooklyn Bridge, completed in 1883, was the first bridge to span the East River, connecting the cities of New York and Brooklyn, and all but replacing the frequent ferry service between them, which did not return until the late 20th century. The bridge offered cable car service across the span. The Brooklyn Bridge was followed by the Williamsburg Bridge (1903), the Queensboro Bridge (1909), the Manhattan Bridge (1912) and the Hell Gate Railroad Bridge (1916). Later would come the Triborough Bridge (1936), the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge (1939), the Throgs Neck Bridge (1961) and the Rikers Island Bridge (1966). In addition, numerous rail tunnels pass under the East River – most of them part of the New York City Subway system – as does the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel and the Queens-Midtown Tunnel. (See Crossings below for details.) Also under the river is Water Tunnel #1 of the New York City water supply system, built in 1917 to extend the Manhattan portion of the tunnel to Brooklyn, and via City Tunnel #2 (1936) to Queens; these boroughs became part of New York City after the city's consolidation in 1898.
When the Brooklyn Bridge was completed in 1883, it was the longest suspension bridge of its time. Now an iconic landmark. It's also, unlike many similar world-class bridges, easy to walk across. You get a panoramic view of the city whether you set out from the Brooklyn or the Manhattan side.
No mere river crossing, this span is an elegant reminder of New York’s history of architectural innovation. When it opened in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was a feat of engineering: It was the first structure to cross the East River and, at the time, the longest suspension bridge in the world. (It also made use of steel-wire cables, invented by the bridge’s original designer, John A. Roebling.) Now it attracts thousands of tourists and locals, who enjoy spectacular views of lower Manhattan and other city landmarks (such as the Statue of Liberty and Governors Island) as they stroll its more-than-mile-long expanse. Heads up, though: You may run into the occasional cyclist trying to navigate through the crowds on the pedestrian walkway.