This picture-perfect bridge is one of New York City’s most recognizable symbols.
Is Brooklyn Bridge on your bucket list? Check out this Brooklyn Bridge guide and plan a walk across the bridge.
Why is Brooklyn Bridge famous?
On May 24, 1883, Brooklyn Bridge became the first roadway to connect Manhattan and Brooklyn. It was originally called the New York and Brooklyn Bridge or the East River Bridge until it was officially renamed the Brooklyn Bridge in 1915.
Only passenger vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles are permitted on the bridge. Another interesting fact is that Brooklyn Bridge used to be the longest suspension bridge in the world.
Who built Brooklyn Bridge?
The bridge has a fascinating history! John Augustus Roebling designed Brooklyn Bridge after proposals for a bridge connecting Manhattan to Brooklyn were initiated in the early 19th century. His son, Washington Roebling was the project’s chief engineer but died just before construction commenced.
Washington Roebling’s wife, Emily, ultimately oversaw the construction, which was completed in 1883. Due to gradual deterioration, the bridge was renovated in the 1950s, 1980s, and 2010s.
How long is Brooklyn Bridge?
The Brooklyn Bridge is approximately 1.1 miles in length (1.8 km). The entrances for the pedestrian walkway are around 1.6 miles apart (2.6 km).
Can you walk the Brooklyn Bridge?
If you would like to walk the Brooklyn Bridge, it will take you 30 minutes to walk across the bridge, assuming you are walking straight through and not stopping to take photos!
Walking the Brooklyn Bridge by foot is one of New York City’s most popular activities, and going early in the morning is the best option for avoiding the crowds! People from all over the world visit Brooklyn Bridge, mainly for the jaw-dropping views!
What does DUMBO stand for?
We always enjoy visiting Brooklyn’s DUMBO area, a trendy neighborhood with cobblestone streets, restaurants and cafes.
If you are wondering what “DUMBO” stands for, it is an acronym of “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.” Next time you are nearby, I highly recommend that you try Julianna’s – a modern pizzeria with the best coal-oven pies!
Things to do in DUMBO, Brooklyn
- Brooklyn Bridge Park: a beautiful 85-acre waterfront park on the Brooklyn side of the East River
- Jane’s Carousel: a century-old ride that arrived to DUMBO in 2011. This beautiful, antique carousel is encased in a large glass cube. The rides on the carousel are just $2, take a spin!
- Main Street Park: this 3.5 acre park offers spectacular views of the East River and Manhattan
- Washington Street: one of the most popular Instagram spots in Brooklyn, be sure to take pictures of Manhattan Bridge!
Where to eat in DUMBO, Brooklyn
- Juliana’s Pizza: in my opinion, they have some of the best coal-oven pizzas in New York!
- Butler: this is a cute café that serves great brunch options
- % Arabica Dumbo Roastery: enjoy a fantastic view of Brooklyn Bridge while having an affogato (a must-try!)
- Celestine: this Mediterranean restaurant is a great brunch spot! Their outdoor area is spacious and I really like their beet salad!
Map of DUMBO, Brooklyn
Here are a few photos from our recent daytrips to Brooklyn!
Where to stay by Brooklyn Bridge
If you are looking to stay near the bridge, there are plenty of options! My personal favorite is the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge.
Click below to check out two other nearby options:
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