The Brooklyn Bridge is one of New York City’s most famous landmarks and skyline images. It also happens to be very old!
The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. Construction on it was finished in 1883 making it 131 years old!
It connects Manhattan and Brooklyn and crosses over the East River. It’s just over 1.1 miles long (1.8 km) and is easy to walk or bike across. There is a pedestrian walkway and bike lanes above the vehicular traffic, which makes it a very pleasant walk over. The Brooklyn Bridge is home to the one of the first dedicated bike lanes in the City.
Many locals walk over the bridge on their daily commute. On average, 4000 pedestrians and 3100 cyclists cross the bridge every day.
From the Brooklyn side, pedestrian access as from Tillary/Adams Streets or on Prospect St. (between Cadman Plaza East and West) through a staircase. From the Manhattan side, the peeistrian access is through the south staircase of Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall IRT subway Station or from the end of Centre Street.
For the most scenic route, walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan so that you get to enjoy the beautiful Manhattan skyline the entire way over.