Things to do in New York: Walk over Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

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, NYC

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge, NYC
Brooklyn Bridge, NYC
Brooklyn Bridge, NYC
Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

Padlocks on the Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

Padlocks on the Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

Brooklyn BRidge ,NYC

Man taking photo with mobile phone

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge, NYC
Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

Brooklyn Bridge

View from the Brooklyn Bridge, NYC

 

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. 

Top Tips

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!

Further info

New York Subway MTA Map and Route Planner for iPhone

New York Subway MTA Map and Route Planner for Android

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!


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0 replies on “ Things to do in New York: Walk over Brooklyn Bridge ”
  1. Oh my Annie your photos are stunning and really make the most of the Brooklyn Bridge. I hope to visit for myself one day, great tip about getting the Subway across to Brooklyn then walking back to Manhattan

  2. It’s my dream to visit New York at least once in my lifetime and your pictures of the bridge and all the others I’ve seen on Facebook make me want to achieve faster rather than later! Everything looked brilliant!

    1. It was such a nice trip Otilia – the people were really friendly and the different areas so, well, different. I hope you get there one day yourself. I have a similar longing to do a motorhome trip through the Rockies in Canada so I know that yearning all too well!

  3. Oh wow how amazing is that. I can’t believe you managed so many stunning pictures without everyone in the way taking selfies (like in London). The leading lines are just perfect and loving the stickers and locks.

  4. Amazing photographs! I’ve loved seeing all the pictures of your trip and this post is beautiful. I love the way that the walkway is raised above the level of the road, the views look stunning.

  5. Oh man alive!!!! These are stunning!!! I so want a play with that camera!! I loved walking over the bridge, although we and a very grey day when e went the pop of blue skies is just stunning against the locks! xx

    1. We had a grey day for the Statue of Liberty when we went. A real mix of sunny and very hot and grey, rainy and still rather too warm for my liking. That camera is fab, it’s gone back now and I’m all bereft!

  6. Absolutely gorgeous. I am in love with the colours and the tone of these pictures. You’ve got some really striking lines here too. Amazingly fabulous!

  7. I love these pics. I have never been to NY. Well that is not true, I did, but eight hours in teh airport on a stop over to California from London doesnt really count, does it? I want to go more than ever after following your travels for a week.

    And I can’t get over how like you Holly looks.

  8. Annie, these photographs are mind blowing. The quality is phenomenal. I’ve been to NY a couple of time but not walked the Brooklyn Bridge. I’m planning a trip next year with my mum for my 40th and this is definitely on my to do list.

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