American flag over the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City
American flag over the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

Brooklyn Bridge

24 hours a day
FDR Drive, New York City, New York, 10038

The basics

Today crossing the Brooklyn Bridge is an essential New York experience. Visitors come in droves to admire the bridge's dramatic neo-Gothic towers and the stellar views of Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn waterfront.

The Brooklyn Bridge features on plenty of New York City walking tours and bike tours and offers spectacular views over the Manhattan skyline. For a whole new perspective of the Brooklyn Bridge, tours on the river aboard a sightseeing cruise are a great option. Alternatively, hop aboard a helicopter flight and buzz over the iconic structure and other area landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

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NYC Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO Food Tour
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NYC Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO Food Tour
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Things to know before you go

  • In cooler months, wear an extra layer or two, as it can be colder and windier on the bridge than on street level.

  • The bridge's pedestrian path is narrow. Be careful not to veer into the adjacent bike lane.

  • Crossing the bridge on foot takes around 25 minutes, or longer if you pause for photographs.

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How to get there

From Manhattan, you can access the bridge's walkway from Park Row and Centre Street, opposite City Hall Park. The closest subway stations are Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall (4, 5, and 6 trains) and Chambers Street (J and Z). On the Brooklyn side, access the pedestrian walkway from Tillary Street and Adams Street in Brooklyn Heights. Here the nearest subway stations are Jay Street–MetroTech (A, C, and F), Court Street (N and R), and Borough Hall (2, 3, 4, and 5).

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When to get there

Avoid the morning and evening rush hours, when the bridge is congested with commuters. Weekends and evenings are generally quieter, and the bridge’s neo-Gothic towers are dramatically illuminated after dark.

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The fascinating history of the Brooklyn Bridge

John Roebling designed the bridge in the 1860s, but he never got to see his creation realized, as he died in 1869, before it was completed. After Roebling’s death, his son, Washington Roebling, and his wife, Emily, oversaw the construction.

On May 30, 1883, just a few days after its opening, the bridge was the site of a tragic stampede that killed 12 pedestrians. In 1884, to allay concerns about the bridge’s structural integrity of the bridge, circus owner P.T. Barnum had a troupe of 21 elephants, including the famous Jumbo, cross it.

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