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Brooklyn Bridge Visitors Guide

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 23: A general view of the walk during the 'Elvis Trumps Cancer Walk' for St. Jude Hospital over the Brooklyn Bridge on November 23, 2013 in Brooklyn, New York.
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Brooklyn Bridge in Brief:

Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. Spanning nearly 1600 feet across the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge was the longest suspension bridge until 1903.

Brooklyn Bridge Location:

The Brooklyn Bridge connects lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. You can access the pedestrian walkway from Brooklyn at Tillary/Adams Streets or a staircase on Prospect St between Cadman Plaza East and West. You can access the Brooklyn Bridge from the Manhattan side near City Hall Park at Park Row and Centre Street.

Nearest Subways to the Brooklyn Bridge:

To walk across the bridge from Manhattan, take the 4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall, N/R to City Hall or the 2/3 to Park Place. To walk across the bridge from Brooklyn, take the A/C to High Street or the 2/3 to Clark Street.

Brooklyn Bridge Hours & Admission:

The Brooklyn Bridge is open 24 hours. There is no charge for walking across and no toll if driving.

Brooklyn Bridge Official Website:

About the Brooklyn Bridge:

I won't try to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge-but I will try to sell you on the idea of taking a walk across it.

This enduring, historic monument is the southernmost of New York's East River bridge crossings. With its Neo-Gothic towers, you can't miss it -- and neither have many artists over the years who have been inspired by its majesty, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Georgia O'Keefe and Walt Whitman.

Carefully cross the traffic pattern at either end of the bridge and make it to the pedestrian walkway, which is a boardwalk like no other. The planks that pattern the path lead you over the river and a memorable journey. Bring your camera because the views are stunning.

Brooklyn Bridge Fact
Construction of the bridge began in 1870 and took over 13 years to build, and was, at the time, the longest suspension bridge in the world.

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