Brooklyn Bridge Walk

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Brooklyn Bridge Walk is a 2.4 mile out and back trail located near Brooklyn, NY that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for walking and trail running.

2.4 miles 117 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

trail running

walking

river

This is a fun and scenic walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn across one of the country's most famous bridges. This can be a crowded or mellow stroll across the East River. Drink vendors line the bridge, which can be helpful in warm, humid weather. To your right, you can spy the Statue of Liberty in the distance, along with dozens of boats and helicopters. To your left is the Manhattan Bridge. Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was originally designed by German civil engineer John Augustus Roebling. The bridge's construction became a family affair, when Roebling fell ill and enlisted his adult son, Washington, to lead the project. Not long after Washington assumed the charge of the bridge did he also need to pass the baton after he suffered permanent physical damage while working in the sealed underwater foundations for the two towers (an ailment known as caisson disease, decompression sickness or more commonly "the bends"). Washington put his wife Emily in charge, and for more than a decade she managed the day-to-day operations of the bridge construction, bringing instructions from her bed-ridden husband to the job site and updates back to him. She became highly knowledgable about the engineering intricacies of the bridge, impressing politicians and other engineers with her capabilities and leadership. In the official opening ceremony, on May 24, 1883, Emily was the first person to cross the bridge.

3 months ago

4 months ago

what a wonderful view, I hope I can go there one day.

walking
4 months ago

I enjoy walking across bridges. Brooklyn Bridge was an awesome one to cross with the crowd out of NYC.

1 year ago

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3 years ago

I enjoy this walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan, so you can see the Manhattan skyline as it begins to light up. This can be accomplished with a late morning visit to Battery Park and a ferry ride to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Once done, come back to Battery Park, catch the R line to Brooklyn Heights. This is a wonderful neighborhood to walk through as you head toward the Brooklyn Bridge Park Greenway, where the East River joins the Hudson. This is a beautiful walk with views of Liberty Island, Battery Park and lower Manhattan. Follow up the greenway toward the Brooklyn Bridge. You must stop at Grimaldi's pizza at the base of the bridge. Delicious coal brick-oven pizza that you will make a regular stop on your trips to the city. After enjoying Grimaldi's, hop up on the Brooklyn Bridge and enjoy the sights of Manhattan slightly before dusk starts to set in. As you walk, the lights of Manhattan begin to transform the skyline. Get to Manhattan and continue your walk to Little Italy for a gelato, Chinatown for a fun tour of the markets, or catch the subway back to midtown/uptown areas. This is a fun and spectacular day of walking, sightseeing, classic NYC pizza and gelato! Have fun!

4 years ago

We started on the Brooklyn side - but ran - through Chinatown and back! Loved every step of it!

6 years ago

I walked the Brooklyn Bridge during a business trip on an early morning in September 2010. It offers one of the rare opportunities in New York, Central Par being another one, to escape the urban jungle and catch some fresh air. The views on Manhattan are incredible. Highly recommended for anyone who happens to be in New York, including families. This is also a great running route.

Be careful of bicycles, as the pedestrian portion of the bridge is shared.

6 years ago

i love ny