Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Brooklyn Bridge, New York (must see)

When the Brooklyn Bridge was dedicated in 1883, it was the largest suspension bridge in the world and regarded at the time as the 8th wonder of the world. The bridge connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn over the East River.

The design of the Brooklyn Bridge was drawn up by John Augustus Roebling who had previously planned other smaller suspension bridges. Construction began under the supervision of his son Washington Roebling and later his daughter in law Emily Roebling oversaw the building of the bridge. It was completed in 1883. The opening was a grand ceremony attended by prominent statesmen like President Chester A. Arthur and the New York Mayor, Franklin Edson. Emily Roebling was the first person to cross the bridge and on the first day, 1,800 vehicles and 150,300 people went across from Manhattan to Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn Bridge has carried a range of vehicles from horse-drawn carriages to modern automobiles in its lifetime. Earlier trolleys and elevated trains crossed the bridge. Today there are six lanes for automobile traffic. Commercial vehicles and buses are prohibited from using the bridge because of the height and weight restrictions. Visitors can take a stroll on the separate walkway in the center lane of the bridge for breathtaking views and to admire the brilliant skills that went into making this amazing engineering feat.

Why You Should Visit:
A great walk to view the Manhattan skyline and soak up the atmosphere of New York.

Tip:
Stay to the one pedestrian side while walking, or if you're biking, to the one biker side. The lanes get really narrow at certain points (it is an old bridge), so if you're walking, you don't wanna get hit by a bike!
That aside, do a little research about the Brooklyn side before you go because there are some excellent and modestly priced restaurants there that don't get much press.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Map

Sight Name: Brooklyn Bridge
Sight Location: New York, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: The Best of New York's Lower Manhattan  

Walking Tours in New York, New York

Orientation Tour in New York City's Midtown Manhattan

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The Best of New York's Lower Manhattan

The Best of New York's Lower Manhattan

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Downtown NYC Nightlife

Downtown NYC Nightlife

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Chelsea Nightlife

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km

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