Brooklyn Bridge


History: When completed in 1883 the Brooklyn Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world (1595.5 ft) and the first to be built of steel. The bridge was engineered and constructed by John A. Roebling, the inventor of wire cable.

Many artists and writers saw it as a highly recognizable landmark and an important cultural icon. No other bridge has been so richly woven into American urbanization and industrialization. A pedestrian walkway and bicycle lane make this bridge exceptionally people-friendly.

Advisory: Allow at least one hour to walk the entire length of the bridge. While in Brooklyn, follow Fulton or Henry St from Cadman Plaza to Montague St, turn right to the Brooklyn Heights Esplanade for a spectacular view of Lower Manhattan. For a great Manhattan side view of the bridge, go to the third deck of Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport. The East River bridges just beyond the Brooklyn Bridge are the Manhattan Bridge and the Williamsburg Bridge.

Location: Manhattan side: Park Row, near Municipal Building. Brooklyn side: Cadman Plaza at Tillary and High Sts

Bus: M1, M6, M9, M15, M22, M103, B51
Subway: 2 3 to Park Place;  4 56 to -City Hall; A C to High St (Brooklyn)

Admission: Free

Hours: Open 24 hours.

Tour: Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour

Nearby Places of Interest:

  1. City Hall
  2. City Hall Park
  3. Woolworth Building
  4. St. Paul’s Chapel
  5. South Street Seaport
  6. Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  7. Federal Hall National Memorial
  8. New York Stock Exchange
  9. Trinity Church
  10. Financial District

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