The Brooklyn Bridge, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn, is a spectacular place to see New York Harbor and Lower Manhattan from high above the East River. The bridge, one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States, was completed in 1883. At the time it was built, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world—50% longer than any previously built.
Cycling over the Brooklyn Bridge provides majestic views of New York City. The bridge pathway (which is undergoing construction) is divided into two sections for cyclists and pedestrians. Because it is a world-famous landmark that attracts many tourists, especially when the weather is nice and on weekends, it is best to cycle over the bridge on early mornings or late afternoon/early evening when the bridge is less crowded. Sunrise and sunset on the bridge are magical experiences year-round.
Getting there: The Manhattan-side bike/pedestrian entrance to the bridge is adjacent to City Hall. It is easily accessible from multiple subway lines, including the 4, 5, 6, R, and W lines to the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall stop and the J and Z lines to the Chambers Street stop. The Brooklyn-side entrance to the bridge is close to the 2, 3, 4 and 5 subway lines at the Borough Hall stop.
Grimaldi’s Pizza and the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, along with Brooklyn Bridge Park, are popular attractions on the Brooklyn side of the bridge.