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Sunderland, United Kingdom
January 6, 2011
From journal My first visit to the 'big apple.'
by Liam Hetherington
Manchester, United Kingdom
November 12, 2010
From journal Welcome to New York
St. Augustine, Florida
October 30, 2009
From journal Favorite Free Attractions in the Big Apple
District of Columbia County, District of Columbia
November 8, 2004
My last stop in New York, before heading back to the hotel for my luggage and then Grand Central for the train back to Connecticut, was the Brooklyn Bridge. For some reason I’ve always been fascinated by large bridges, especially suspension bridges, to the point that one of my "when I grow up I want to be" dream jobs as a little kid was an engineer who designed such structures (the other dream was an airline pilot . . . somehow I ended up as a psychology major working in financial planning, website and database design, and HR consulting). So naturally I had to make a stop at the Brooklyn Bridge while I was in New York. Of course, by this point on Sunday afternoon, I had walked at least 15 miles in the last 30 hours and was coming down with a nasty cold, which was only being made worse by the frigid outdoor temperatures. Still, sore feet and swollen throat or not, I was determined to walk onto the bridge and see it firsthand.
The Brooklyn Bridge was completed in 1883, after 16 long years of construction and the deaths of 20 construction crew members. In the late 19th century, the bridge was a remarkable achievement. It was the world’s largest suspension bridge and the first to be constructed of steel. The bridge was designed to carry people utilizing a variety of transportation modes; in the center of the span, cable cars (and later electrified trolleys) ran. Outer lanes were reserved at first for horse-drawn carriages (later automobiles), and in the center, an elevated walkway allowed pedestrians to transit the bridge. Today, the pedestrian walkway still exists. Trolley tracks have long been removed to allow six lanes for auto traffic, three in each direction. Interestingly, the bridge is less efficient today than it was in its early years; when streetcars made the crossing every few minutes, far more people were able to transit the bridge each day than today. On the Sunday afternoon I visited the bridge, traffic congestion was so bad that the walkers and cyclists on the pedestrian walkway were moving far faster than the cars below. I’d hate to see the bridge in rush hour!
Walking up the bridge’s wood plank pedestrian walkway is the best way to visit the Brooklyn Bridge. This walkway allows you to get up close to the cables that the span is suspended from, as well as the towers. The walkway offers grand views of the Manhattan skyline, and several benches are placed along the way for walkers who desire a short rest or want to stop and take in the scene.
Because of time constraints, I chose to only walk about half of the distance across the bridge to Brooklyn. A walk all the way across will probably take about 15 to 20 minutes at an average pace; runners or brisk walkers can probably make it in half that time.
From journal Valentine's Weekend in New York City
New York, New York
June 16, 2000
From journal Bluegrass meets the Big Apple
Caterham, England, United Kingdom
May 18, 2003
The bridge joins Lower Manhattan to Brooklyn Heights over the East river. For the best views catch the subway to York St, High St or Clark St in Brooklyn and walk back across the bridge to Manhattan. The views alone are spectacular, even without the architecture of the bridge to distract you. To the south you can see the meeting point of the Hudson and the East river with Liberty in the distance gazing serenely out across the water. To the north and northwest you can see the unforgettable skyline of Manhattan Island, including one of the few places where you can take a photograph with both the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building in the same frame.
Depending upon your speed it takes about 30 minutes to walk from one side of the bridge to the other. If it is a hot day you will find some respite from the sun under the stone support towers where you will also find brass plaques depicting dioramas of the skyline and waterfront, pointing out the major sights as they have looked over the years. As with all public monuments in New York City the Brooklyn Bridge is well looked after. It’s nice to see that, no matter what time of day you choose to visit the bridge, you will always run into New Yorkers leisurely cycling or walking across the bridge, simply enjoying their city.
I have walked across the Thames in London many times on my way to work, over a variety of bridges and I always briefly stop to look up or down the river, but I can’t help feeling that striding across the Brooklyn Bridge each morning would somehow provide a more rewarding start to the day.
From journal New York, New York
by Mary Louisa
July 3, 2002
But boy am I glad she talked me into it (if it hadn't been her birthday...)! Not only is the view from the pedestrian overwalk incredible, but the beauty of the bridge and the pleasure of walking with other people from New York or around the world is unsurpassed. If value is your thing, then this is the perfect adventure for you: it's free!
If you're not a walker, perhaps this is not for you. But it's really not a long hike; it probably took us twenty-five minutes from end to end. The breeze saved us from too much heat, but do be sure and wear your sunscreen. There will be panoramic stops with shady areas at each of the two great towers, where you can see bronze plaques describing the bridge's history. Open to the public in 1874, it has been a major symbol of New York City, even inspiring an important modernist poem by Hart Crane, "The Bridge."
Once we arrived in Brooklyn, we basically followed our instincts to get back to the waterline (the pedestrian walkway ends a ways up from the water, in the neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights). We finally got to the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park where we sat on the benches gazing at Manhattan while family reunion participants, dog walkers, and young lovers milled around us. It was kind of a hike up to the High Street subway stop to get back to Manhattan, so if you think you'll be tired after crossing the bridge, you'll should make alternate return plans.
A quick example of the graciousness of New Yorkers: my sister dropped her disposable camera, half full of vacation pictures, down onto the automobile part of the bridge when we were just approaching the water (the pedestrian walk was separating the traffic both ways at that point, rather than hovering above it). A lovely man in a large sedan STOPPED among the bumper-to-bumper traffic, got out, and then handed the camera back up to two fellows who were also walking and who had volunteered to CLIMB DOWN INTO TRAFFIC TO GET IT. Can you believe it? I love New York!!!
From journal New York for Beginners
by Joy S
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
January 1, 2008
From journal A Week in New York
Queens, New York
July 3, 2007
From journal Two Boroughs in One Day!
February 13, 2006
From journal Enjoying Art, Theatre, and Food in Manhattan