on October 10, 2010
I would describe the Brooklyn Bridge as the premier New York attraction and whats more its free to walk across and to see, so you cant really have any excuses its the ultimate thing to see when youre on a budget.This bridge was constructed in 1883. It was designed by the famous Roebling family and was the first steel wire suspension bridge to be designed and also the longest suspension bridge until 1903. This bridge was built because it was a direct link between Manhattan and Brooklyn. The bridge is majestic and historic, having featured in many great movies you will be missing out if you dont see this in New York.I would recommend first getting to the bridge by using New York's fabulous subway system. Dont be put off by things you see in the movies about the subway involving gangs and vandalism, subway stations are nowadays well patrolled by police and security and is a relatively safe way to travel. Subways also have CCTV cameras and panic buttons installed in areas off the beaten track. Also the subway is cheap and economical and you will be able to travel around several attractions a lot quicker than a rich celebrity as you will be avoiding the traffic. A one day fun pass costs $8.25 and if youre staying in New York for more than 3 days buy a week pass at $27, you will save money this way. For the Brooklyn Bridge station several of the metro lines stop here which include 4,5,6, M or Z trains, among others.When walking across the Brooklyn Bridge you get a great view of Manhattan, Brooklyn and lower NY Harbor including the Statue of Liberty. It is a historic and breathtaking view like being on top of a mountain Be aware on nice days it can get quite crowded with bikers, walkers and skateboarders, but hey if you want the real New York experience youre going to want to mingle with other people.I cannot describe any words to think of to describe the experience when walking along the bridge and looking down at the Hudson and hearing the cars whizz past and the thundering of the underground trains. Please take some water with you because the walk is about 40 minutes and on a hot day you will be in need of a drink.There are many fast food eateries or pizza slices at Brooklyn station. I would recommend eating in Brooklyn if you want something to eat because the food is a lot cheaper than in downtown Manhattan. I tend to eat a large pizza slice in New York because it tastes divine and is relatively cheap for lunch costing around $2.Most of the subway stations have escalators or steps leading to the pedestrian pathway. Once on the bridge just follow the planked path that will lead to your journey at the other end. It is fantastic to look at Manhattan and its Skyscrapers at the other end. Once in Manhattan use the many subway stations to get back to your destination. A really cheap day out and an unbelievable experience. Dont forget your camera of course. I thoroughly recommend this.
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