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Of the many bridges that link Manhattan Island to the mainland, this is probably the best known and in my opinion is the most attractive. The Gothic style stone arches of its granite and limestone towers are one of the distinctive images of New York.

It is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States and is 5,989 feet long, 85 feet wide and 135 feet high at its tallest point. When it opened in 1883 it was the largest suspension bridge in the world and the first ever steel-wire suspension bridge.

We chose to walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn on a bright morning, when the dun was still low enough to help us create some interesting shots. The walkway is a raised wooden strip down the centre of the bridge, which pedestrians share with cyclists (a marked lane for each). Traffic thunders below you on either side, so don?t expect a peaceful walk, or to be able to hang over the side to look at the East River beneath. But the views back to Downtown and Midtown Manhattan are fantastic and will have you stopping to take another photo every few yards. If you want to pause for a rest and a more leisurely contemplation of those views there are handily placed benches along the way.

Once you reach the other side, head for Fulton Street State Park & Brooklyn Bridge Parks, down by the water on either side of the bridge, for more great photo opportunities and a chance to relax after your walk (see my Off the Beaten Path tip for more on these parks).

Address: Spanning the East River.
Directions: The nearest subway station from which to start your walk is Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall (lines 4, 5 and 6) ? and even if you choose not to walk across there are great views of the bridge from here
Phone: (212) NEW-YORK
Website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/infrastructure/brooklyn-bridge.shtml

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  • Updated Nov 12, 2008
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