Brooklyn Bridge

spans from Brooklyn Heights to Lower Manhattan
Brooklyn, NY

Submitted by: Alison Clarke

Over a hundred years after its completion, this landmark connection between Manhattan and Brooklyn still inspires awe.

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Why It Works

Features boardwalk-like bike/walkway. Offers stunning views of New York harbor and bridges north, including the Manhattan Bridge. Bridge structure is home to nesting birds, including peregrine falcons.

What Makes Brooklyn Bridge a Great Place?

DOT has recently begun posting signs to direct walkers from the Brooklyn side. The Manhattan side is accessible from City Hall area. Walkway is well marked as to which side is for bikes, which side is for walkers. Benches are located along the entire length of the bridge.

Makes an amazing first impression. Views both from the bridge and on approach/descent are breathtaking. Vehicles are "hidden" on the lower roadway for the most part. Unfortunately, there is a fishy smell when passing over Fulton St fishmarket area in the morning. One entrance on the Manhattan side (near One Police Plaza, underneath bridge) was blocked off after September 11th.

Tourists visit, locals exercise, and many people commute. Benches are well-used. Sometimes a vendor sells beverages at some point along the walk. Depending on the location, it can be a great vantage point for viewing fireworks on July 4th.

Many different people use the bridge. Some Brooklynites do their produce shopping in Chinatown and walk home across the bridge, some commute to Lower Manhattan or to downtown Brooklyn. Many tourists visit - some begin their walk in Brooklyn and others travel "round trip" from the City Hall entrance to the Bridge in Manhattan.

History & Background

Building of the Brooklyn Bridge commenced on January 3, 1870, and the bridge opened to traffic on May 24, 1883. It was designed by engineer John Augustus Roebling (18061869) and completed by his son Washington Roebling (18371926). At the time of its completion, the Brooklyn Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world.

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