Fodor's Expert Review Brooklyn Bridge (Brooklyn Entrance)
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While the majority of tourists usually walk across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan, you'll get better views if you enter and walk from the Brooklyn side. It's a suprisingly long walk of more than a mile that normally takes about 40 minutes, but the exhilarating views are good payment for your exercise. Since many office workers (and bicyclists) commute this way, the walkway is particularly busy during the morning rush hour from 7 to 9 am and in the afternoon from 4 to 6. It's most magical and quietest in the early morning, but while you won't be able to avoid the crowds, it's worth the trip at sunset in the summer, when the lights of Manhattan come to life after 8. There are two pedestrian access points for the bridge on the Brooklyn side. One is at the intersection of Tillary Street and Boerum Place; the second is the Washington Street underpass, which leads to a staircase up to the walkway.