The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. Completed in 1883, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River. With a main span of 1,595.5 feet (486.3 m), it was the longest suspension bridge in the world from its opening until 1903, and the first steel-wire suspension bridge.
Aside from the facts and figures, the Brooklyn Bridge is one the must-see sights of New York. It is one the most famed landmarks of the city and one of the most recognisable bridges ever constructed. As if the designers were aware of its significance before it was even built, the Brooklyn Bridge was graced with the world’s only pedestrian promenade to allow the citizens of New York to absorb the beauty of both the bridge and the breathtaking views along its impressive stride. Today, this promenade is still immensely popular and a walk along it will give you one of your most memorable experiences of Manhattan. The bridge is extremely popular with cyclists as well, so if you’re walking be careful to stay out of the cycle lanes to avoid some angry bell rings and screaming New Yorkers… or a tyre track over your back!
Pedestrian access to the bridge from the Brooklyn side is from either Tillary/Adams Streets, or a staircase on Prospect St. between Cadman Plaza East and West. In Manhattan, the pedestrian walkway is accessible from the end of Centre Street, or through the south staircase of Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall subway station.
The generally favoured direction is to walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan, rather than the other way around. Although it would be easier in most cases to walk towards Brooklyn, the better views are to be had on the way to Manhattan. You probably won’t want to walk it there and back, unless you get really in to it, so we’d suggest getting the NY Water Taxi to Brooklyn first and then take a stroll on the Brooklyn Heights promenade before making the long anticipated stroll to Manhattan. While you’re in Brooklyn, take advantage of the time to take another of our suggestions from the box below, either for lunch or something else to see or do.