Imagine standing over 100 feet above the East River, watching boats pass underneath you and gazing at the Statue of Liberty in the distance. The Brooklyn Bridge is nice to look at from far away, but to really experience everything it has to offer, you have to walk across!
The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most prominent sights in New York City as well as an engineering marvel with a fascinating history.
It spans over the East River, linking Manhattan and Brooklyn. With massive masonry towers and a web of cables, this suspension bridge is instantly recognizable even to many who have never been to New York.
This walk is one of our top recommendations to everyone who visits us, and no one has left disappointed. The bridge itself is more impressive up close and the views are extremely rewarding.
The walk is about 1 mile if you go all the way across. Its a little bit of a trek, but definitely worth it.
The wooden pedestrian walkway is in the center of the bridge and elevated above the road lanes. You will enjoy outstanding views of the surroundings including Manhattan and Governors Island.
We strongly suggest walking all the way across the bridge (about 1 mile). Many tourists will stop at the first tower closest to Manhattan and then turn back, so the rest of the bridge is usually less crowded.
You can either walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn and return on the subway or vice-versa. The view is great in either direction, but walking toward Manhattan is a little more scenic with all the buildings in front of you.
Better yet, walk both ways!
View of Midtown Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge
Great views, a fun walk, and entertainment for free! We challenge you to find another deal this good in all of New York City.
Starting Your Walk on the Manhattan Side:
The closest subway stop is the Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall Station on the 4-5-6 Subway line. This station is located right across the street from the pedestrian entrance to the bridge, where you can begin your walk.
You can get on a Subway back to Manhattan at the High Street Station. Watch for the stairwell on your left that appears shortly after the walkway becomes paved. Walk down the stairs to the street level and proceed south on Cadman Plaza East until you see the subway station.
Starting Your Walk on the Brooklyn Side:
Take the A-C Line to the High Street Station in Brooklyn. Walk north on Cadman Plaza East until you get to a stairwell on your left that leads up to the bridge.
Since youve made it all the way to Brooklyn, why not stay and enjoy it for a little while?
Fulton Ferry Landing has excellent views of Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge and is a perfect place to take pictures. On a nice Saturday, you may see bridal parties stopping by this popular photography spot. The view is perhaps the most beautiful at night.
Fulton Ferry Landing on a Snowy Night
If youre walking over the bridge from Manhattan, follow the directions above for getting down to the street level. Walk under the bridge on Prospect Street and then head toward the water by taking a right on Old Fulton Street. Old Fulton Street ends at the ferry landing.
To get to the ferry landing from the High Street Subway Station, first head north on Cadman Plaza East. Take a left onto Prospect Street and walk under the bridge. Take a right on Old Fulton Street and walk until it ends at the ferry landing.
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