Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States, and the first steel-wire suspension bridge built in the world. The bridge opened on May 24, 1883, and spans the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn.

On the Manhattan side, the entrance to the walkway for the Brooklyn Bridge is at Park Row and Centre Street, across from City Hall Park, east of City Hall. To reach the bridge by subway, take the 4,5,or 6 to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall or the 2 or 3 to Park Place.

On the Brooklyn side, take the A to High Street. The walkway entrance is next to the Federal Court Building. A ramp entrance is also available on Johnson and Adams Streets, as well as stairs on Cadman Plaza East and Prospect Street.

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge is free, and provides a beautiful view of the skyline as well as the Statue of Liberty, and the Manhattan Bridge. There are plenty of benches to relax and admire the sights. The grades are not steep and barrier-free access makes it a pleasant adventure for those in wheelchairs.

The walkway is open for walking, roller blading and biking twenty-four hours a day, as the walkway is above the vehicular traffic route. The Brooklyn Bridge walkway is also well lit and patrolled by police officers on bicycles so it is safe at any hour. The most spectacular views are seen after dark and before midnight, when some of the buildings turn off their lights.

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