The construction of one of New York’s greatest landmarks, Brooklyn Bridge, began in 1870. It was the dream child of the architect John Roebling who proposed that the construction be a suspension bridge. Unfortunately, Roebling died before the bridge was completed in May 1883, although his son (who also fell ill during this time) and daughter-in-law helped bring the project to completion. Today, the Brooklyn Bridge is considered one of the greatest architectural feats of the nineteenth century and has been declared a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.
Although most people drive across Brooklyn Bridge to get from one side of the city to the other, many actually prefer walking or biking as way of truly appreciating this magnificent construction and getting a wonderful view of New York. A walkway in the center of the bridge accommodates pedestrians and bikers, however separate lanes are set up to avoid accidents. Walking the bridge is a wonderful way to see New Yorkers of all shapes and sizes, from different cultural backgrounds, going about their lives.
Large square planks at the base of each of the legendary arches on the bridge recount the history of its construction. Along the way, visitors can also read about the history of New York’s different boroughs and compare the sights they see from the bridge today with those that they would have experienced in 1883. Walking the Brooklyn Bridge does not begin immediately at the water’s edge. The bridge begins a long time before in actually spans the water and visitors can enter near City Hall if they are coming from Manhattan or near the Federal Court if they are in Brooklyn.
To truly experience the wonderful views of New York and to soak up some authentic local atmosphere, walking the Brooklyn Bridge is an absolute must for visitors to the Big Apple.