The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. Completed in 1883, it connects the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River. At 5,989 feet (1825 m), it was the longest suspension bridge in the world from its opening until 1903, and the first steel-wire suspension bridge.
Originally referred to as the New York and Brooklyn Bridge, it was dubbed the Brooklyn Bridge in an 1867 letter to the editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle,and formally so named by the city government in 1915. Since its opening, it has become an iconic part of the New York skyline. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1972.
The Brooklyn Bridge has a wide pedestrian walkway open to walkers and cyclists, in the center of the bridge and higher than the automobile lanes. More than 4,000 pedestrians and 3,100 cyclists cross the Brooklyn Bridge each day.
One side of the boardwalk is for pedestrians and the other side is for cyclists. Stay in your lane to avoid accidents. If you have to wonder in the bike lane to take a photo--which most people just cant resist--watch out for Lance Armstrong. :lol:
this is a classic new york thing. I'm from new york and still love to do this walk. Great on a nice day especially as the sun is going down.