Walking the Brooklyn Bridge is something you’ve got to do while in New York.
Completed in 1883, it took 14 years and around $15 million to build this bridge which connected Manhattan with Brooklyn for the first time. On May 24th, just before midnight the bridge opened to the public, and more than 150,000 people streamed across over the next 24 hours. Once dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the Brooklyn Bridge is one of New York City’s top tourist attractions and a busy thoroughfare for commuters. It has also become home to some peregrine falcons (the fastest animals on record capable of reaching speeds over 200 miles per hour) as the bridge has become one of their regular nesting sites.
The Brooklyn Bridge has inspired artists like Georgia O’Keeffe and Andy Warhol whom have used used it in their works. As well, playwrights like Arthur Miller and poet Jack Kerouac have written about it. It has appeared in a ton of TV shows and movies like “Moonstruck,” “Godzilla”, “Fantastic Four” and “Spider-Man.”
You’ll have to fight your way past the more than 4,000 pedestrians and 3,100 cyclists that cross the Brooklyn Bridge each day. But if not for the sake of saying that you’ve done it, do it for one of the best views of Manhattan.