Thousands of people and cyclists cross the Brooklyn Bridge - one of the bridges between Manhattan and Brooklyn - everyday. Some go from Brooklyn to their job in Manhattan - and vice versa. Many are tourists who enjoy walking across and viewing both cities while they do so.
The bridge was opened in 1883 and spans the East River. Construction took 14 years and some 150,000 vehicles still cross it today. It's popularity to pedestrians is due to it's grand "promenade" or walkway for pedestrians that sits above the roadway. Pedestrians and cyclists don't have to deal with traffic and can walk the bridge at their leisure.
I've been to New York City a handful of times but I'd never walked across the bridge. So I decided to make it a priority on this trip. I'm definitely not a New York expert and there are gazillions of things you can look up and read on the world wide web about crossing the bridge. I read a bunch and then we made a plan. The views of Manhattan from the bridge are quite spectacular so we decided to start in Brooklyn and walk to Manhattan. We were staying in lower Manhattan so we took the East River Ferry from there ($4 and it took about 3 minutes total) to Brooklyn Bridge Park. We had a leisurely lunch at Shake Shack beneath the bridge and as we were eating the rain started coming down. When it stopped we said "Ok, let's do this. If it starts raining we can duck under cover until it stops." We were already there, so why not?
The sky was looking rather ominous on our short walk to the stairs to the bridge (it's a short and easy walk from Brooklyn Bridge Park - you can use GPS) But it wasn't raining when we started the walk.
Well, of course, you can guess what happened next. Not a few minutes into our walk the skies opened up and by the time we arrived at the first bridge tower we were soaked and sloshing in our shoes. Forget the "duck and cover" theory. So we waited around under the tower and when it finally let up a tiny bit, we kept going.
One thing was for sure - we had the bridge almost completely to ourselves!
We made our way across the bridge and walked back to our hotel. A little more wet than when we started but I'm glad we did it. I've walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. And the rain sure make it more unusual than some walks across it.
And just for giggles, here's a before and after!
How about you? Have you walked the Brooklyn Bridge?
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