Brooklyn Bridge is iconic and fascinating to walk across. It’s wooden pedestrian crossing takes you above the road level and showers you with fantastic views all around from Brooklyn to Manhattan and over to the Statue of Liberty. The walkway is divided into two sections with a white line, half for pedestrians and half for cyclists.
We opted to get the subway to Brooklyn and cross from the Brooklyn side back to the Manhattan side as the views walking towards Manhattan are much nicer than walking the opposite way (sorry Brooklyn I do love you honestly). If you walk the Brooklyn to Manhattan direction there’s a shaded small green space at the end with food stalls selling the usual hot dogs, gyros, doughnuts and drinks, if you walk the other direction there’s not anything the other end other than roads.
Other than the views I loved the love locks and stickers on the bridge, they all added to the general feel of the bridge being a well visited and loved space. Some Brooklyn Bridge facts, top tips and handy links after the photos below…
Brooklyn Bridge facts
The Brooklyn Bridge is a suspension bridge (that uses a uses a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge design to be precise) in New York City. Completed in 1883 it is one of the oldest bridges in the United States and connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. It is both a designated National Historic Landmark i and a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.
It has a main span of 486.3 metres and was the first steel-wire suspension bridge constructed and it’s towers are built of limestone, granite, and cement. Originally it was referred to as the ‘New York and Brooklyn Bridge’ and as the ‘East River Bridge’ (the East River is the river it spans), but in 1915 it was formally names the Brooklyn Bridge by the NYC government.
If you do walk across the Brooklyn Bridge do keep to the pedestrian side only. Some cyclists do really tear along there and even when it looks quiet they can come seemingly from nowhere.
In the Summer months it can get really hot, it was in the late 30’s when we visited early September time. There’s no shade once you set off on the bridge so you might like to remember sun cream / sun hat / sunglasses etc.
On the Manhattan end of the bridge there are often a few small vendors selling ice cold bottled water for $1 a pop, well worth it if, like us, you don’t plan ahead and take your own.
Download the New York Subway MTA Map and Route Planner to help you navigate and plan your journey on the Subway, it’s available for both iPhone and Android and is free (links below). We found it invaluable!
Camera: Pentax 645Z Medium Format Digital SLR Body + 55mm Lens (many thanks to Calumet Rental for loaning me this great camera for my New York trip. More on renting a camera soon!