Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

Many of the tourists that are on their first trip to New York go straight for a walk or a ride over the Brooklyn Bridge, which is frequently featured in countless movies and series (that is why its views over Manhattan might seem so familiar to you). If walking from the Brooklyn side to Manhattan you will see the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island and a part of the city bay. It is already a tradition to take photos over those famous cityscapes. On that bridge you can even witness a fashion shooting of a model or a clip shooting, not to mention to come face to face with a celebrity!

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the seven bridges towering over the bay. In the 19th century when business started to strive in New York the population grew extensively and the city authorities were seeking a solution to interconnect Brooklyn and Manhattan. John Roebling, who by that time had already built four suspension bridges in America, came up with an idea to use steel-wire to construct the Brooklyn Bridge. The city management approved that great and ambitious project. The opponents of the engineer insisted that his ideas were unrealistic, yet the construction began almost exactly after the project was officially approved in 1870. When John Roebling was injured on the construction site and soon died the work was carried on by his son, Washington Roebling, and when he got injured as well the task was lead by his wife, Emily Warren Roebling. Now their names are written on the bridge. The construction lasted for 13 years and was finished in 1883. The oldest suspension bridge in the United States of America has become one of the main symbols of New York. By the time it was finished the Brooklyn Bridge was 1,825 meters long and was the largest suspension bridge in the world, as well as it was the first one to implement steel-wires. The bridge is 26 meters wide and is divided into three sections. Two sections are for one-way car traffic, and the middle section (it is elevated over the other two) is suitable for pedestrian walks and cyclists. Next to the bridge you will find The River Cafe and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, a marvelous romantic park with flower beds, trees, benches, playgrounds and startling views over Manhattan, the bridges and the Statue of Liberty.

Address: Brooklyn Bridge
How to reach: from the side of Brooklyn - High St-Brooklyn Bridge (A, C) subway station; from the side of Manhattan - Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall (4, 5, 6, J, Z) subway station.