Walking the Brooklyn Bridge

Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is fun, almost festive, and if you decide to go you’ll definitely never be lonely. My husband and I made the trek one cool Monday morning last fall and were both surprised to find the bridge trail buzzing with other travelers, busy locals, people out for a run, and a few pretty brave bikers. It’s the perfect activity for travelers who like to be outdoors and on the move. And there is no where else in the city where you can take in the beautiful NYC skyline as well as the borough of Brooklyn, the New York harbor and even run into a celebrity or two, all from the unique vantage point of a raised walkway on the top of an iconic suspension bridge.

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“The great appeal of the Brooklyn Bridge
is that the view is all around you”

If you’re in New York and interested in walking across the bridge to Brooklyn, head for lower Manhattan and look for the small park next to the Manhattan Municipal Building, a beautiful Beaux-Arts building and subway station. You can take a cab, Uber or ride the subway to get there, and easily get your bearings by joining the parade of bikers and walkers headed toward the bridge trail, or keep an eye out for signage. The exit off the bridge on the Brooklyn side is a little confusing, but we followed the path on the right which deposited us directly in front of a detailed map of the area. I highly recommend spending some time here! There are so many interesting neighborhoods, each with a unique history to absorb. We found the Dumbo section of Brooklyn enticing for its amazing views of the city, art galleries, restaurants, and interesting shops in repurposed warehouses. Lunch at the famous pizzeria Grimaldi’s almost seems mandatory (it was delicious) before the hike back to Manhattan. If you’re as curious as I was, the acronym for this wonderful neighborhood, “Dumbo” actually stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.

The dappled sunlight celebrates the beauty of the Manhattan Bridge and the distant view of the Empire State Building.
The dappled sunlight celebrates the beauty of the Manhattan Bridge and the distant view of the Empire State Building.
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Autumn is the perfect time of year to explore New York City on foot.

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If you happen to arrive or depart lower Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall/Chambers Street subway station, make sure to look up and enjoy the views of the lovely vaulted ceiling of white Guastavino* ceiling tiles in the south arcade. The white columns and tile detail is truly stunning.  (*Spanish architect who patented the tile arch system in 1885.)

For More Information:

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    1. Have fun…take the bridge if its nice. Its one of those, yeah, I’m walking the Brooklyn Bridge, so cool. We literally ran into Spike Lee heading towards Brooklyn, so animated and intense. It was all so much fun….just watch out for the bikers, there’s too much going on in close quarters!

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  1. My sister who lives in NY has been asking me to visit for the longest time, After seeing these photos I want to even more! love how the older buildings contrast with the new 🙂

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  2. I honestly can’t remember if I walked the Brooklyn Bridge, or not. I worked in Lower Manhattan and I lived in Brooklyn for a few years, in my 20s. If I did, perhaps I was a bit inebriated. I don’t get into the city as often anymore, but I’d love to walk it some day. — YUR

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    1. Well…I remember those days of enjoying the moment a little too much, and thankfully we’re both here to reminisce about it! When you return to the city, let me know how the walk goes this time! 😉

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    1. Wow, no kidding. That subway station is fabulous, and a great example of the important role art plays in the heart of the Russian people. But to be fair, the U.S. simply doesn’t have the many years of history to have been able to produce such a masterpiece. Thank you so much for sharing the link!

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    1. Ha, thank you so much. The dancing sunlight shot was my favorite of the bunch. Now we’re going to have to prioritize, Paris agin…or New York? At this rate I’ll NEVER see Australia!

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      1. I know, too many destinations, not enough time! If you ever do manage to find your way to Australia, my wife and I would be delighted to be your guide here in Melbourne and can point you to the best sites in the beautiful state of Victoria…

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  3. I wish we had the chance to do this when we visited NYC last year. Your images are astounding Elisa. I think the city’s tourism board will be hunting you down shortly for permission to use them!

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    1. Sue, thank you so much! I’m my own worst critic so of course it took me months to actually post my NY photos, and you’ll notice there’s only a few! I love New York and cannot wait to return…next time you will cross the bridge, but promise me it will be on your bike!

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  4. I’ve gotten so behind in my blog browsing and reading that I somehow missed your change in format. Looks great and showcases your photographs beautifully. Looks like a great walk, one day I hope to see the Brooklyn Bridge in person 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I change my blog theme a lot (too often) which is why you probably didn’t notice at first. And yes, everything in New York is fun, so I hope you do make it there someday, and perhaps I’ll do something similar in Australia! I’m happy you stopped by, see you next time. 🙂

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  5. As a native NYer I truly appreciate this! Beautiful shots, and I’ll definitely have to check this out next time I’m visiting the fam!

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    1. Yikes! Sorry, I just saw this, Laura, and I’m so happy you commented on my post. I am honored that my New York friend liked my “tribute” to a great NY landmark. Hope you’re doing great, girl!
      xoxo
      Elisa

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    1. Thank you, Brenda! I have to give credit to the sun, it doesn’t always let itself shine over New York, or many cities in the Northeast for some reason. Or maybe it only seems that way. And maybe a little credit to Lightroom, too! 😉
      Have a great Wednesday,
      Elisa

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  6. A WALK, Elisa! 🙂 🙂 Can I pinch it for next Monday? I’ve never heard of Brooklyn being described as the Dumbo section and I love the idea. High flying! 🙂 Have a happy week, hon!

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    1. Jo, what a numbskull I am. Not only was it a WALK, but we were there on a MONDAY! Oh, blame it on my ever-present brain fog these days! Yes, of course, please post next Monday. Thanks for checking in, and I’ll see you soon!
      Elisa

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    2. DUMBO is one neighborhood in Brooklyn. There are many others. For instance, even though I mostly post about New Orleans, we own a brownstone in Brooklyn called Cobble Hill. I was actually born there is a section just called “South.” 🙂

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        1. Well, I was born a photographer. There is never a time when I’m without a camera because as Jay Maisel says, “you can’t take pictures without a camera. You’re gonna have to Google him to find out that he’s is one of the three fathers of modern color photography. 🙂 He’s also a Brooklyn boy like me, which is to say we talk the same. As far as our neighborhoods go, we are very, very lucky. We know that.

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          1. On another note…we watched the movie Brooklyn last night. Beautiful cinematography, the city must have been turned upside down when they were filming that movie!

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          2. I’ve never seen it. Something to look for. NOLA has been turned into Hollywood South. You have no idea how many movies are made here that have nothing to do with New Orleans, but have the right “look.” There have been a couple of times when I’ve had to show my driver’s license just to be able to drive down my street in order to go home.

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  7. Yes it is a beautiful bridge. I’ve only driven across it, but I have also viewed it from underneath. My granddaughter had a fashion shoot outside The Ice Cream Factory. 😃 There’s a great view of the city from there .

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  8. You are right! My husband and I made that trek, too and were caught up in the sense of being part of something larger than just a stroll across a bridge. There are many great bridges – but none are quite like the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. Fabulous photos!

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  9. Love your post Elisa. It is a lovely walk to Brooklyn. 🙂
    And though the weather looks fresh you had great light.
    🙂
    Have a lovely week. (Easter coming already OMG)
    re- 🙂

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  10. Shhh … do I have a deal for you. You can have a certain bridge at a too-good-believe of a price. 🙂

    The pedestrian deck has become awfully popular as one of those must-do experiences. I hope you and your husband ate your slices of pie the regular (no fork and knife). I’ll catch up with you soon as I can.

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  11. A book in my “To Read” pile is David McCullough’s “The Great Bridge, the story of the Brooklyn Bridge. Your post makes me want to move it to the top of the pile, let alone visit the bridge soon. (My wife and I live in Southern California). Excellent Post!

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    1. Hey there, sorry for the late response! Thank you for the tip on the book about this iconic bridge…lately I’ve been seeing it featured everywhere on television and film. Its construction must be quite a story.

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  12. My husband and I did this walk one summer and loved it! In fact, I set a portion of my suspense novel Bait and Switch on this walk way – but on a foggy eve not with this brilliant blue sunlit sky. I think autumn would be the nicest time to try the walk again.

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  13. The pictures are absolutely stunning Elisa! Back in the winter of 2010, we happened to visit the Brooklyn Bridge but cold didn’t allow for much appreciation…hopefully another time:)
    Hugs

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