Monday, 5 January 2015

Brooklyn Bridge

One of the best way to spend and afternoon in New York is to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, a 450 metres length of suspension bridge. I would recommend starting from New York side at the City Hall subway stop for the 4,5,6 green line, and walk your way to Brooklyn side.

In my estimation, you need to spend at least two hours to do the a full tour of the Brooklyn Bridge, starting from crossing the bridge, walk all the way down to DUMBO, see the  Manhattan Bridge in between the buildings in DUMBO, walk past the carousel towards Brooklyn Bridge park, get some ice cream at  Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory  spend some time at the park, then take the East River Ferry which costs about $6 to go across to midtown Manhattan.

First time I crossed the bridge was summer 2014. Then 4 times in Fall 2014 within the space of few weeks in between when I had my parents and some friends visiting. I must say that crossing the Brooklyn Bridge is probably one of my favourite things to do because you are rewarded with that breath taking view of the East River facing both Manhattan and Brooklyn side.

The Brooklyn Bridge

View of downtown Manhattan thru the wires

View of the traffic below split level on the bridge
With the parents early Oct 2014

With Ms Fantaghiro, mid Oct 2014. It was nice and sunny albeit windy day

Placque on the erection of the bridge
Reading up on some information on the building of the bridge
'Love' locks left by tourists at the bridge

A lock and rubber band

 Ribbons and such left by the tourists
Look where your are going! One lane for pedestrian, one for bikes. The bikes are pretty fast and they get super annoyed with people walking on the bike

 Yay! We crossed the bridge!!!

View of the Manhattan Bridge from DUMBO 

Manhattan Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge view with carousel in the middle

View under the Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory original building at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, with the bridge as a background
Ice cream monster!
C'est moi at Brooklyn Bridge park pier
Easy way to get back to Manhattan is by taking the East River Ferry ($4 weekday/$6 weekend) and stop at downtown 34st and 1st Avenue. Take the free shuttle bus to midtown Manhanttan. If you don't fancy the ferry, then can either take the subway on Brooklyn side or cross back the bridge to Manhattan (if you still have energy left!) 
I wouldn't mind doing the bridge again. Even my mum, Kerabu Jantung said that crossing the bridge and spending some time at the park was one of the best moments when she visited NYC last Oct 2014.

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