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Brooklyn Bridge (Manhattan Entrance)

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Published 07/20/2005

Fodor's Review

“A drive-through cathedral" is how the journalist James Wolcott once 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 and (sometimes aggressive) cyclists—is a quintessential New York experience, and the roughly 40-minute stroll delivers exhilarating views. If you start from Lower Manhattan (enter from the east side of City Hall), you'll end up in the heart of Brooklyn Heights, but you can also take the subway to the Brooklyn side and walk back to Manhattan. It's worth noting that from late morning through early evening, especially when the weather is nice, the narrow path gets very congested. Head there early in the morning to find the magical quiet hours.

  • 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, 10038, USA

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Published 07/20/2005


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