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When Visiting New York City: The Brooklyn Bridge

Updated on November 2, 2018

One of the most famous spots to tackle when in New York City is walking the infamous Brooklyn Bridge. Why? Because you're walking on history. This 135-year old landmark, built with arch blocks, railings and it's sturdy masonry structure, was created to solve traffic issues (picture horse-buggies), and ever since then it's still used to carry automotives from Manhattan to Brooklyn and vice versa.

This National Historic Landmark is a suspension bridge that spans almost 6,000 feet long. Reaching and crossing the Bridge is accessible from the FDR Drive if driving from Manhattan or the BQE if you're on the Brooklyn-side of the Bridge.

How to Start Your Personal Tour

If you're coming from Manhattan side, you can reach the Bridge by taking the 4, 5 or 6 trains to the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall stop, or the J or Z trains to the Chambers Street stop. Or if you're coming from Brooklyn side, you can take the A and C trains to High Street. There are usually signs directing you right to the Bridge Walk.

Once you get access to the Bridge, enjoy the skylines from both Manhattan's and Brooklyn's direction. Admire the construction of this massive structure. View the waterways and the boats that sail on it everyday. Take a quick peek at the adjacent traffic used by millions of drivers. And prepare yourself for an approximately 2.5-mile walk!

The Best Times to Walk the Bridge

Of course, Summer is the best time to walk across this masterpiece, but Spring time (try the month of May!) with its flowers blooming, and the Fall (September and October especially) with the turning of colors on the trees, makes for a pleasurable walk with family, friends or by yourself, especially if you're a walker or runner. And getting outside for fresh air is always a great idea!

Or if you'd rather pedal your way across, no problem. Take your bike for a ride, or rent a bike for an hour. Just watch out for the pedestrians! And by the way, the walkway is wheelchair accessible!

If you do nothing else or go nowhere else, make it your aim to get to the Bridge. After all, it's one of the few FREE activities anyone can experience in the City. And record your experience of accomplishing something that millions STILL haven't tried yet - walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.

The historical value of this New York treasure is priceless.
The historical value of this New York treasure is priceless. | Source
As you look around, you cannot help but to be impressed by how the engineers built this infamous Bridge.
As you look around, you cannot help but to be impressed by how the engineers built this infamous Bridge. | Source
Once you start walking, you won't be disappointed. Check out this view!
Once you start walking, you won't be disappointed. Check out this view! | Source

Location of the Brooklyn Bridge using Google Maps

© 2018 Toni Crockett


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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      Definitely an iconic sight. In the UK, we have recently celebrated the anniversary of the building of the Tyne bridge in Newcastle.


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