The Brooklyn Bridge was built between 1869 and 1883. The bridge was opened in May 1883. It was the first steel-built bridge in the world. The Brooklyn Bridge was the only connection between Manhattan and Brooklyn at that time. If you walk across the bridge from Brooklyn to Manhattan, you have a beautiful view of the New York skyline.
History of Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge was designed by John August Roebling who died as a result of an accident during the construction of the bridge before it was finished. After his death, his son, Washington Roebling, took over the construction. He too had an accident, which meant that it was no longer possible for him to coordinate the construction of the bridge. With a telescope he followed the entire construction from his apartment. He was assisted by his wife Emily Warren Roebling. She was responsible for communication with the construction workers. 27 other people died during construction. The Brooklyn Bridge was officially opened on 24 May 1883. Emily Warren Roebling was the first to cross the bridge, followed by 1,800 vehicles and 150,300 pedestrians on this day. At that time, the Brooklyn Bridge was the only transition connection between Manhattan and Brooklyn.
At the time, the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge cost $ 19 million. In 2007 this amount was equal to $ 320 million. Funny fact: six days after the opening there were rumors about the stability of the bridge, it was said that it would collapse. To prove the contrary, circus holder P.T. Barnum a year later a parade of 21 elephants walk across the bridge.
Today, an average of 120,000 cars, 4,000 pedestrians and 2,600 cyclists cross the Brooklyn Bridge every day.
View Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge has evolved over the years into both a symbol and a draw for New York. The best way to see the Brooklyn Bridge is on foot. It is best to walk across the bridge from Brooklyn to Manhattan so that you can optimally enjoy the view of the Manhattan skyline. An advantage of this is that the bridge runs down slightly in this direction. The walk takes about 45 minutes, but count on a bit more time, since you undoubtedly want to take photos along the way.
Take subway line A or C to High St. in Brooklyn. From here you can follow the “Brooklyn Bridge” signs. The entrance to the bridge is on Washington Street.
Another good way to view the Brooklyn Bridge is to rent a bike and cycle over it. If you prefer to do a tour with a guide and want to find out more about the history of the bridge while walking over it, read more here.
Brooklyn Bridge walking route
A nice route to follow when you want to visit the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge Park starts with taking the metro to High Street – Brooklyn Bridge Station. When you have arrived here, walk through Middagh Street towards the water. At the end of this street, turn right onto Columbia Heights and left again at the end, where you will find Brooklyn Bridge Park. You can then walk towards the starting point of the Brooklyn Bridge, or first walk a little further through the park, towards Jane’s Carousel. You are almost on Washington Street, where you can take the famous photo of the Manhattan Bridge with the Empire State Building in the background. Walk all the way down Washington Street and you will arrive at the Brooklyn Bridge Walkway Entrance.
Things to do in Brooklyn
The name Brooklyn comes from the Dutch town of Breukelen. Brooklyn is one of the most relaxed neighborhoods in New York. It is also the most multicultural neighborhood in the city. Every culture has its own piece of neighborhood in Brooklyn.
In Brooklyn you can eat an ice cream next to the bridge at The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. Enjoy the view of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty at the branch on the Fulton Ferry Pier. Of course you can also drink a milkshake or coffee. There is also a branch on 97 Commercial Street near Manhattan Avenue.
Are you more hungry or do you just want to eat a tasty pizza? Then go to Juliana’s on 19 Old Fulton Street. You can also have a drink in one of the many pubs in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
The Brooklyn Bridge Park is an ideal place to retreat from the bustle of Manhattan. You can also sunbathe and swim in the pool, the Pop-Up Pool, if the weather permits. This pool is located between Pier 1 and Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
If you do not want to walk too much, you can also choose to make a crossing with NYC Ferry. This sails from Manhattan to Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park in a few minutes. Along the way you have a nice view of the skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge.
You might also find this interesting:–
– Statue of Liberty
– Top of the Rock
– Ellis Islands
– 9/11 Memorial Museum
– One World Observation
– St. Patricks Cathedral
– Central Park
– and more Sightseeings & Activities….