This iconicsuspension bridge offers views of the Statue of Liberty fromthe East River.
As one of the oldestand longest suspension bridges in North America, the Brooklyn Bridge has longbeen an icon of progress for New Yorkers. Spanning almost 1600 feet (487.7meters), the bridge crosses the East River and connects Lower Manhattan with Brooklyn. The bridgefeatures six lanes for automobiles and two lanes dedicated to pedestrians andcyclists, and carries more than 120,000 people daily. The Brooklyn Bridge haslong been a destination for tourists, and today visitors flock to the bridgefor stunning views up the East River, and for the history linked to the bridge.
Walk the bridge atsunset for one of the most unique views in the city. From the center of theBrooklyn Bridge, visitors have the opportunity to see in both directions alongthe East River. Look across to the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges to thenorth, or down to the Upper Bay in the south. On a clear day, visitors to theBrooklyn Bridge can see the Statue of Liberty in the distance. Visit the bridgeat sunset for the most rewarding view, although be prepared for crowds.
There are a number of walking tours of the bridge,and this is an excellent way to discover its history. Learn about thearchitecture and construction process, the infamous Brooklyn Bridge jumpers andthe first flight to pass under the bridge. Walking tours cross the bridge inapproximately an hour, giving you time to take in the sights, hear the stories,and make your way along the often crowded footpath.
TheBrooklyn Bridge is located at the southern end of the East River, and can bereached on foot from DUMBO and Lower Manhattan. Visitors traveling by train canreach the bridge via the City Hall or Chambers subway stations in Manhattan, orthe York Street and High Street subway stations in Brooklyn. The bridge can bevisited daily, and there is no fee.