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Manhattan Bridge

Recognizable from numerous movies, and an essential piece of the New York skyline, this bridge is much more than a mere point of crossing.

Whether you begin in Brooklyn or Manhattan, crossing the Manhattan Bridge is always an impressive sight. During the day, the unmistakable New York City skyline gleams with skyscrapers. Even late at night, the stretch of lights in both directions reminds you why New York is called “the city that never sleeps.” Cross this bridge for its magnificent views, and remember to get your own picture of the scene found on many postcards.

Completed in 1910, the Manhattan Bridge is one of three iconic bridges that crosses the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn. It was the first to employ several technologies now standard in the construction of long-span bridges. Marvel at this feat of engineering that has become a classic part of the New York skyline.

Traverse the bridge on foot, on bike, in a car or on a train. Crossing on foot will allow you the chance to pick a spot and take a photograph. Many people also use the bridge for their runs. Rise early and take the F train to York Street in Brooklyn or the 6 to Canal Street. Enjoy the brilliant sunrise over Brooklyn.

If you are in a hurry, a less expensive option than driving or taking a cab is to take a train across the bridge. Make sure you get a seat next to a south-facing window, looking out on the Statue of Liberty and Downtown. To enjoy this view if you are coming from Manhattan, sit on the right side. If you are coming from Brooklyn you want to be on the left.

Something that you can only see on foot or in a car, however, is the grand colonnade that marks the front of the island entrance to the Manhattan Bridge. Appreciate the Charles Rumsey frieze spanning the arch and see why this part of the bridge has been designated a New York City landmark.

Give yourself heaps of time at Manhattan Bridge. Here are some of the best activities:

Ride the Bridges is just one of the interesting activities available here.

Peruse our New York things to do page to discover more activities while you're here.


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PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel $195
PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel

PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel

215 Chrystie St, New York, NY
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Bowery, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of New York University, 5th Avenue, and Washington Square Park. Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Brooklyn Bridge are also within 2 mi (3 km). 2 Av. Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bowery St. Station is 5 minutes.

    Canal Loft Hotel $85
    Canal Loft Hotel

    Canal Loft Hotel

    94 Canal Street, New York, NY
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Brooklyn Bridge, and National September 11 Memorial. New York University and New York Stock Exchange are also within 2 mi (3 km). E Broadway Station and Grand St. Station (Chrystie St.) are within a 5-minute walk.

      Blue Moon Boutique Hotel $90
      Blue Moon Boutique Hotel

      Blue Moon Boutique Hotel

      100 Orchard St, New York, NY
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Manhattan, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of New York University, 5th Avenue, and Washington Square Park. Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Brooklyn Bridge are also within 2 mi (3 km). Delancey St. Station and Essex St. Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        Hotel 50 Bowery NYC $127
        Hotel 50 Bowery NYC

        Hotel 50 Bowery NYC

        50 Bowery, East Village, New York, NY
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Chinatown, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Brooklyn Bridge, and New York Stock Exchange. New York University is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away. Grand St. Station (Chrystie St.) is 5 minutes by foot and Canal St. Station (Lafayette St.) is 6 minutes.

          Radisson Hotel New York Wall Street $105
          Radisson Hotel New York Wall Street

          Radisson Hotel New York Wall Street

          52 William St, New York, NY
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Manhattan, this hotel is steps from Wall Street and Federal Reserve Bank of New York. New York Stock Exchange and National September 11 Memorial are also within 10 minutes. Wall St. Station is only a 2-minute walk and Broad St. Station is 3 minutes.

            Hotel Pennsylvania $84
            Hotel Pennsylvania

            Hotel Pennsylvania

            401 7th Ave, New York, NY
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Madison Square Garden, Macy's, and Empire State Building. Times Square and Broadway are also within 15 minutes. 34 St. - Penn Station (Fashion Av.) is only a 2-minute walk and 28 St. Station (7th Av.) is 4 minutes.

              The Hotel 91 $112
              The Hotel 91

              The Hotel 91

              91 E Broadway, New York, NY
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Brooklyn Bridge, and National September 11 Memorial. One World Trade Center and New York Stock Exchange are also within 1 mi (2 km). E Broadway Station is only a 4-minute walk and Grand St. Station (Chrystie St.) is 8 minutes.

                citizenM New York Bowery $129
                citizenM New York Bowery

                citizenM New York Bowery

                189 Bowery, New York, NY
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Bowery, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Washington Square Park and Union Square Park. Brooklyn Bridge and New York Stock Exchange are also within 2 mi (3 km). Bowery St. Station is only a 2-minute walk and Grand St. Station (Chrystie St.) is 4 minutes.