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-kilometre 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!

Entering Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn
Brooklyn Behind Us
The Tollway Below
Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn Bridge
Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge
The Statue of Liberty
Manhattan Skyline
Brooklyn Bridge
NYC Skyline
The Wooden Path
Graffiti and Knickknacks
Locks on the Bridge
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Manhattan Bridge
Manhattan Bridge
 

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  1. Jeruen July 18, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Yeah, I noticed that too, most people seem to be too enamored with Manhattan that they don’t want to leave the island. When I crossed the bridge back in 2007, I crossed it all the way, starting from Manhattan, then strolled in Brooklyn and visited some art galleries near the other end of the bridge, and finally taking a metro from High Street station.

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    1. Zhu July 18, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      Manhattan is great but I’m glad we had the chance to glimpse at other boroughs too.

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  2. Katherina July 18, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    I love these pictures.. specially the 10th one – it’s like a mirror! Not having crossed the Brooklyn bridge is one of the things that I regret most from my last visit to NY… but, in my defense, it would have been suicidal with almost -20ºC!! I’m glad to be able to live it through your post 🙂

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    1. Zhu July 18, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      Ouch, I wouldn’t have done it either in the middle of the winter! Must be cold and windy.

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  3. Laurel July 19, 2012 at 5:30 am

    Cool shots, I like all the different angles you used.

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    1. Zhu July 19, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      Thank you! I was so excited, I think I took too many shots 😆

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  4. shionge July 19, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    It doesn’t seem to have high human traffic volume ya….I remembered travelling to & fro Brooklyn Bridge in a taxi because the cab driver didn’t has his GPS on and he couldn’t locate our hotel… 🙁 Anguish & anxiety fills the air for sure 😀

    You looked great 😀

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    1. Zhu July 19, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Nah, it wasn’t so bad! Only when you arrive in Manhattan from Brooklyn then we felt like sheep 😆

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  5. Cynthia July 25, 2012 at 7:12 am

    I guess I would cross the bridge by foot then have lunch in Brooklyn, I have not been to that bourough yet!

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    1. Zhu July 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      We haven’t had the chance to explore it that much either… NYC is huge!

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  6. Priyank August 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Hi Zhu, great NYC series, I really like that city (along with Mexico city and Moscow the crowd and chaos reminds me of Mumbai), so much that I wear I-heart-NY shirt whenever I go!! LOL. My most favourite activity is to walk on the Brooklyn bridge, starting from Brooklyn and ending in Manhattan. I just love the feeling of approaching a big city, very dramatic. Last time I specifically carried running shoes so I could run there. 🙂

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    1. Zhu August 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      The Brooklyn Bridge is definitely on my top walks, the skyline in the distance is just awesome!

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