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Journey across the East River on one of the oldest and most iconic bridges in the United States with this guide to visiting the Brooklyn Bridge.

History: This hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge, constructed between 1869 and 1883, connects Manhattan and Brooklyn. It’s a testament to innovation and a symbol of New York City’s resilience.

How to Get There: Access the bridge’s pedestrian walkway from either Brooklyn or Manhattan. From the Brooklyn side, begin at the intersection of Tillary Street and Boerum Place. From Manhattan, the entrance to the walkway is at the intersection of Centre Street and Chambers Street.

Walking the Bridge: Stroll the 1.3-mile span of the bridge. Enjoy stunning panoramic views of the city skyline, Statue of Liberty, and East River. Cycling is also an option.
Historical Plaques: Along the walkway, plaques tell the bridge’s story, including facts about its construction and history.
Photo Opportunities: The perfect backdrop for a picture, time your walk for sunset or sunrise for spectacular shots.

Hours: Open 24 hours a day, though daylight hours are recommended for safety and better views.

Tickets: Free. There’s no fee to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Tips for Visiting:
It’s busiest during weekends and just before sunset. Visit early in the morning or late at night for a quieter experience.
Stay in the pedestrian lane. The separate bike lane is strictly for cyclists.
Bring water and wear comfortable shoes.

Nearby Attractions: Explore adjacent neighborhoods on both ends of the bridge. Visit Brooklyn Bridge Park or DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) in Brooklyn, and City Hall Park or the African Burial Ground National Monument in Manhattan.

The Brooklyn Bridge is more than a method of transportation; it’s a piece of New York’s history and a beautiful work of architecture that offers unique views of the city skyline. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this landmark on foot.

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