The Brooklyn Bridge is a triumphant monument to engineering and transportation. The two granite towers that hold the cables of this famous suspension bridge have helped many thousands of people across the East River during the almost 150 years that it has been in use. Shortly after its completion, the circus showman P.T. Barnum marched across the bridge with 21 elephants to prove its safety. This important crossing connects lower Manhattan and the Financial District with Brooklyn. Walking across or underneath, viewed up close or from afar, the Brooklyn Bridge is an impressive monument that has defined New York since it was completed.
When it was built in 1883, it connected Brooklyn and New York City for the first time. This would be one of the major milestones that helped create the megacity we know and love today; Brooklyn would become part of New York in 1898. The Brooklyn Bridge has not only survived but it has been modified and grown with the city to become one of the most recognizable attractions in the city. Over 150,000 people cross the bridge every day, which includes taxis, bicycles, cars, busses and pedestrians.
It takes about 30 minutes to walk across the bridge without stops, but it seems likely that you’re going to stop for a few photos while you’re crossing. It is probably a good idea to allow yourself to double that.
What makes the Brooklyn Bridge so amazing?
The Brooklyn Bridge is both a great way to travel between Brooklyn and Manhattan as well as a can’t miss location for photographers and wannabe Instagram influencers. Just watch out for the commuters on bikes who will make sure to ring their bell at everyone who is in their way.
The Brooklyn Bridge has been one of the most recognizable attractions in New York for over 140 years. When it was built, it was an engineering marvel. The fact that it is still standing – and carrying hundreds of cars every hour – is a testament to the design and construction of the bridge.
It has become a can’t miss attraction in New York City and the perfect way to spend part of your day walking between the two boroughs. This is one of the most iconic landmarks in a city known for its iconic landmarks. In fact, the Brooklyn Bridge has to be one of the most well-known bridges anywhere in the world. Starting in Lower Manhattan, take your time as you cross the famous bridge. Make sure to spend some time in Brooklyn – especially the Brooklyn Waterfront / Dumbo area on the other side – before making your return trip.
The Brooklyn Bridge is a living part of the history of New York City. When it was completed on May 24, 1883, it was the first crossing over the East River, connecting the two independent cities of New York and Brooklyn. Not only that, it would become the longest suspension bridge in the world at 486 meters (1595 feet) across. This was a record it would hold for close to 20 years until 1903 when the nearby Williamsburg Bridge would surpass it by just over a meter (4.5 feet).