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Brooklyn Bridge

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Published 09/23/2016

Fodor's Review

“A drive-through cathedral" is how the journalist James Wolcott described the Brooklyn Bridge, one of New York's noblest and most recognized landmarks, perhaps rivaling Walt Whitman's comment that it was "The best, most effective medicine my soul has yet partaken." The bridge stretches over the East River, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn. A walk across its promenade—a boardwalk elevated above the roadway, shared by pedestrians, skaters, and cyclists—takes about 40 minutes and delivers exhilarating views. If you start from Lower Manhattan, you'll end up in the heart of Brooklyn Heights (you can also take the subway to the Brooklyn side and walk back to Manhattan). It's worth noting that on evenings and weekends when the weather is nice, the narrow path gets pretty congested; it's most magical, and quietest, early in the morning.

  • Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

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  • Sunrise, Brooklyn Bridge, Financial District, New York City, New York, USA, North America

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East River Dr., New York, New York, 10035, USA

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Published 09/23/2016


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