If New York City’s skyline doesn’t impress you in the heart of Manhattan, it will from Brooklyn Bridge! Indeed, that’s where I realized how tall the skyscrapers actually are, something you don’t always notice when you are walking at their feet.
Brooklyn Bridge, one of the oldest suspension bridges in the U.S., connects Brooklyn to Manhattan by spanning the East River. We started the 1.8 km walk in Brooklyn and headed to Manhattan. It was very hot but I loved the few clouds in the deep blue sky, they added depth to the pictures!
The NYC icon has a wide pedestrian walkway open to walkers and cyclists, and it’s one of the nicest walk I took in the city. Sure, jaded cyclists are a minor annoyance as they speed across the bridge, often yelling “get out of the path!”—but I guess us pedestrians can be a liability. Like in Ottawa, it would be good to remind everyone that these kinds of paths are meant to be shared, and that cyclists and pedestrians are not enemies…
Like in many places around the world, such as the Pont des Arts in Paris, Brooklyn Bridge has a few interesting graffiti, and some “love locks” were affixed here and there. But overall, the bridge was fairly “clean”.
We were surprised to see a lot of people don’t walk the entire length of the bridge, but simply the first half from Manhattan to the top. Indeed, for the second part of the walk, we followed the crowd whereas the Brooklyn part of the bridge was almost empty!
You can see the set of pictures taken in the U.S.A. on Flickr.