Tillary St. at Adams St., Brooklyn,
View the bridge from the seaside!
One tip is to take a guided trip with the boat from South Street Seaport (pier 17)
were the boat take you under Brooklyn Bridge.
On May 24, 1883 the Brooklyn Bridge opened with big pomp. This was the cities biggest and at
this time the worlds biggest suspension bridge (486 meter main span). The total length of the bridge is 1.825 meters. This is one of New Yorks
"majesty" symbols. It took over 13 years to build the bridge and costed over
15 million dollars and also approx. 27 fatal accidents. Also the Chief designer John Augustus Roebling died in the beginning of the construction.
The work was then handed over to his son, Washington Roebling. Unfortunately Washington suffered a type of decompression sickness. He continued his work from his apartment that had a view of the construction site. The one who took over now was his wife, Emily Warren Roebling. For 11 years, Emily was the link between Washington and the construction workers.
Walk across the bridge
Brooklyn Bridge joins Manhattan with the district Brooklyn. You can walk over the bridge, the walkway is situated over the carway. The bridge have six lanes for motor traffic.
Under the bridge runs the East River.
Tip - Walk across Brooklyn Bridge!
We want to give you a tip to walk across Brooklyn Bridge. Maybe it isn´t the first thing you do when you visit New York - but you will not regret it. To get the best view of the Manhattan Skyline, take the A or C train to the first stop on the Brooklyn side. It will take approx 30-40 minutes for you to walk across (you will stop and take a lot of pictures). When you are at the middle of the bridge you will get a very nice view over Manhattan.
Be careful for all the bicycles that will pass you in very high speed! Check both directions! Don´t forget to bring water.
To view the bridge from seaside
To take a boat trip from South Street Seaport (Pier 17) will also give you a beautiful
view when the boat takes you under the bridge. Since 1980´s the bridge has been lighted
up with searchlights (in the nighttime) to bring out its architecture.
Brooklyn Bridge has a Gotish architecture with characteristic pointed arches above the
passageways through the stone towers. The most spectacular thing is that the bridge is still
standing today and that it can hold for strong winds.
Several bridges that have been built during this time has been destroyed. Roebling choosed
a construction that was six time stronger that he thought was necessary. Due to this the
bridge is still standing today.
Brooklyn Bridge is since 1977 on the official list of historical places and in 1983
the bridge got the stamp as "a National Historic Landmark of Engineer Art".
Tips - The Brooklyn Heights Promenade!
After you walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and entered the borough of Brooklyn, you can continue your walk on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. A nice "boardwalk" where you can walk a bit and get an amazing view over Manhattan. Take a seat on one of the many benches and wait for the sunset. You will get very nice photos. The Promenade is also linked to the Brooklyn Bridge Park which is situated below the promenade. Here can you get close to the water and see the Statue of Liberty. So do not forget your camera!!
Tip - Foodmarket"Smorgasburg"
Please visit the food market - Smorgasburg in Brooklyn. Every Sunday between 11-18 many food vendors meet here.Here you can indulge in meat, sandwiches, lemonade, good cakes, food from different parts of the world. Bring cash! Are not many places to sit on - you stand and eat the food you have bought. A lovely atmosphere. You can see the Brooklyn Bridge from the area.
Video: New York City's Brooklyn Bridge - 2 Minute Tour
The movie shows a 2 minute guide of Brooklyn Bridge.
Click on the play button to start the film!
Brooklyn Bridge Park!
Go for a ride on the completely renovated carousel from 1922. In Brooklyn Bridge Park you find this beautiful carousel in wood. Jane and David Walenta bought the carousel at an auction
in 1984. The danger was that the carousel would disappear forever. Originally it stood at Idora Park in Youngstown, Ohio.
Since September 16, 2011 the carousel is once again open to the public to visit and to take a ride. Open 6 days a week (closed Tuesdays). It costs $ 2 to ride.