How to Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge
Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge is a popular tourist activity and a rite of passage for New Yorkers. For sprawling views of the Manhattan skyline, depart from the Brooklyn side. If you're starting in Manhattan, restaurants, shops, and plenty of other attractions await across the river. Stroll slowly, and seize opportunities to people-watch and gaze at iconic skyscrapers. After crossing, grab a bite to eat, do some shopping, and check out all that the Big Apple has to offer.
Crossing the Bridge
Walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan for sprawling skyline views.If you’re able to choose which direction to walk, start at the Brooklyn side of the bridge. Strolling across the bridge from this side offers stunning views of lower Manhattan’s towering skyline.
- Additionally, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Cadman Plaza Park on the Brooklyn side are picturesque places to start your trip. If you’re walking with friends, arrange to meet up at either park.
- The pedestrian entrance is at the northeast corner of Cadman Plaza, so this park is the most convenient meeting place. While Brooklyn Bridge Park is a short walk from the bridge’s pedestrian entrance, it offers the best views of the bridge itself.
Cross from Manhattan to Brooklyn to explore parks and neighborhoods.While the Manhattan side sports superior skyline views, Brooklyn is packed with things to do. If you're starting in Manhattan, stroll across the bridge and lounge around Brooklyn's waterfront, which is lined with parks and vibrant neighborhoods.
- Jane's Carousel is a popular waterfront destination, and it's an excellent activity for kids.
- The neighborhoods surrounding the bridge are also packed with restaurants, shops, galleries, and other attractions.
Plan to spend up to 1 hour crossing the bridge.While you could walk briskly and cross the bridge in about 20 minutes, give yourself an hour or so. That way, you can stroll slowly and appreciate the views.
Stay in the pedestrian lane and steer clear of bikes.Once you get to the pedestrian walkway, look for the stenciled markings that designate the bike and pedestrian lanes. Both lanes are narrow, and you’ll need to stay in your lane to avoid speedy cyclists.
- Be sure to stay on the right-hand side of the bridge to avoid oncoming pedestrian and cyclist traffic.
- If you’re walking with kids, hold hands to avoid accidents.
Do some people-watching for the first part of your walk.At the start of your walk, the bridge's incline will be too low to see much of the view across the river. Whether you depart from Brooklyn or Manhattan, these first few minutes are perfect for people-watching.
- Seize the opportunity to peek at passersby. Look for locals briskly crossing the bridge to run errands in the neighboring borough, or try to figure out where nearby tourists are from.
Look for iconic skyscrapers as you walk toward lower Manhattan.If you started from the Brooklyn side, lower Manhattan’s skyline will come into view as the bridge’s elevation increases.
- Look for the Freedom Tower, the Woolworth Building, and the Financial District’s towers. The Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and other iconic Manhattan skyscrapers will also be visible.
- If you're heading toward Brooklyn, you'll see its park-lined waterfront, charming neighborhoods, and growing skyline.
Check out the bridge’s beams, trusses, and wire supports.The Brooklyn Bridge is an architectural wonder, so take the time to admire its impressive neo-Gothic structure.
- When it opened, it was dubbed the eighth wonder of the world, and its towers were the tallest buildings in the Western hemisphere!
Watch for the Statue of Liberty in the distance.If you started from the Brooklyn side, look toward the left, or to the west. If you started from Manhattan, look toward the right, or east side, to find the Statue of Liberty.
- Though she’ll look tiny, you’ll get a clear view of the Statue of Liberty from the span of the bridge between its central towers.
Making the Most of Your Trip
Take a guided tour to learn about the bridge’s history.Look online to find schedules for free walking tours. You can also find audio and written self-guided tours online. Tours are great if you want to learn about the bridge’s history or want help identifying iconic sights.
Take photographs at the bridge’s towers.Extended platforms span across the bridge’s 2 central towers. These are the best spots to take photographs, since the pedestrian walkway's narrow lanes don’t offer much room to stop.
- You’ll also find engraved plaques with information about the bridge’s history and the sights visible from the promenade.
Rest at the towers if you're crossing with kids or the elderly.Since it's tough to stop in the narrow walking lanes, the towers' extended platforms are perfect spots to rest. Take rest breaks at the 2 towers if you or anyone in your group might have trouble walking over 1 mile (1.6 km) nonstop.
- If you need to sit, there are benches at the towers and along the route.
Grab a snack, drinks, or a meal when you reach the other side.The bridge spans 1.3 miles (2.1 km), and you might work up an appetite on your hike. There are plenty of restaurant options on both sides, so grab a slice of New York-style pizza, savor a glass of wine, or indulge in an ice cream sundae.
Check out lower Manhattan if you walked from Brooklyn.Before walking back or heading to the subway, take a tour of City Hall, explore the Financial District, or wander north to Chinatown.
- Other attractions within walking distance include Battery Park, the Freedom Tower's observation deck, and the Woolworth Building, which is one of America's architectural treasures.
Explore Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo if you came from Manhattan.On the Brooklyn side, check out the eclectic Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) neighborhoods. They’re packed with restaurants, shops, street art, and other vibrant attractions.
- Brooklyn Bridge Park is the perfect spot to lounge and admire the gorgeous bridge you've just crossed. You could also take a spin on the nearby Jane's Carousel or peruse the many nearby art galleries.
Getting to the Bridge and Back
Take public transit to a pedestrian walkway entrance to the bridge.Parking is limited on either side of the bridge, so the subway is your best transit option. Pedestrian entrances on both sides of the bridge are short walks from several subway stations.
- A GPS app can help you figure out which train to take and how to walk from your stop to the pedestrian entrance.
Use the High Street shortcut in Brooklyn if stairs aren’t a problem.On the Brooklyn side, take either the A or C trains to the High Street/Brooklyn Bridge stop. The station is across the street from Cadman Plaza, and the bridge's pedestrian entrance is at the plaza's northeast corner.
- Exit the station, turn left toward Middagh Street, and use the crosswalk to head toward the park.
- Take the footpath on the left to cross the park, and follow the signs for the pedestrian stairway.
Take the Tillary Street ramp on the Brooklyn side if you can’t take stairs.If you're pushing a stroller or wheelchair, are cycling, or have trouble with stairs, take either the A, C, or F lines to Jay Street/MetroTech, or the 2/3 or 4/5 lines to Borough Hall.
- Exit your station and head to Adams Street/Brooklyn Bridge Boulevard. Walk about 2 blocks west from Jay Street/MetroTech, or walk less than a block east from Borough hall.
- Walk north on Adams Street/Brooklyn Bridge Boulevard about 2 to 3 blocks (depending on which stop you use) until it intersects with Tillary Street. A long path begins here that leads to the bridge’s pedestrian walkway via a gradual ramp.
Stop at a station near City Hall if you’re starting from Manhattan.On the Manhattan side, take the 4, 5, or 6 trains to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall, the J or Z trains to Chambers Street, or either the A or C trains to Fulton Street.
- From Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall, exit the station, walk southwest on Centre Street along City Hall Park, then take a left onto Brooklyn Bridge Promenade.
- From Chambers Street, cross Church Street and walk southwest on Murray Street toward City Hall Park. Walk across the park, cross Centre Street/Park Row, and follow Frankfurt Street to the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade.
- From Fulton Street, walk northeast on Nassau Street, take a right onto Frankfurt Street, and follow Frankfurt Street to the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade.
Walk back across the bridge to return to your starting point, if desired.After crossing the bridge and exploring the other side, make your way back to the pedestrian entrance. Take in the views as you walk across the bridge in the reverse direction.
- If you're heading back to Brooklyn, you'll see its skyline, which is always gaining new towers, and the parks that line the banks of the East River. If you started in Manhattan, you'll get a chance to see its dramatic skyline when you walk back from Brooklyn.
- Once you've returned to the side you started on, explore it or make your way to a subway station.
Take the subway if you can't walk back across the bridge.If you're tuckered out and don't want to walk back across the bridge or are in a time-crunch, head to a nearby subway station. There are plenty of stops within a 5-minute walk on both sides of the bridge.
- The right route to take depends on your destination, so use a GPS app or the MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) website to plan your trip.
- The best time to walk across the bridge is around sunset. You’ll see all the sights in daylight, then you’ll find out why “The City That Never Sleeps” earned its nickname as the skyline comes alive.
- Because of the high volume of pedestrians, it’s usually safe to cross the bridge as late as 11 p.m.
Video: WALKING THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE
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