I can still remember the first time I walked over the Brooklyn Bridge.

I’m ashamed to admit that I had been living in NYC for three years before I finally got around to crossing the bridge off my bucket list.

Since then, I’ve walked the Brooklyn Bridge about a dozen times or more over the last sixteen years.

But no matter how many times I’ve been, there’s something so magical about this iconic bridge.

Maybe the history surrounding it, or all the iconic films and TV shows it has been featured in over the years, contribute to its popularity, but for me it’s always been about the views.

You’ll see what I mean the second you finish walking the bridge yourself.

So let’s get into why we’re here. As a previous New Yorker for over a decade, I’ve got all the tips and tricks you need to plan the perfect visit to the the most well-known bridge in the NYC.

Planning Your Visit to the Brooklyn Bridge

Best Times to Go

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To avoid crowds, start your walk early in the morning or later in the evening.

Sunrise offers a tranquil atmosphere while sunset provides stunning city views, and a slightly warmer temperature compared to the morning.

What to Bring

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I’ll state the obvious first: wear comfortable shoes.

Trust me, you don’t want to be hobbling across the Brooklyn Bridge in shoes that you haven’t worn in or, god forbid, aren’t sturdy.

Also, bring a water bottle or a nice cup of coffee to try with. Maybe even a bagel to go with your coffee if you’re starting early.

The bridge is breezy, so even in the summer, bring a light sweater. Obviously, if it’s winter, you’ll want to be wearing all the layers.

You’ll also want to keep your skin moisturized with a cream that includes SPF.

Access Points and Entrances

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On the Manhattan side, the pedestrian entrance is at the intersection of Centre Street and Chambers Street, near City Hall Park.

From Brooklyn, enter near Tillary Street and Boerum Place, close to Borough Hall.

You can reach these entrances via multiple subway lines. Here’s a link to the MTA’s website so you can plan your trip.

Tips for Walking the Brooklyn Bridge

Route and Directions

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To start your walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, you can enter the pedestrian walkway at Tillary Street and Boerum Place.

Alternatively, another entrance is located under the overpass on Washington Street, two blocks from Front Street in Brooklyn.

Remember, the closer you are to either Manhattan or Brooklyn, the more crowded it can get.

Oh, and stick to the designated pedestrian lane. Trust me, you don’t want to get hit by a bike, which is pretty likely if you walk in the wrong lane.

Walking Tour Highlights

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As you stroll the 1.1-mile length of the bridge, don’t rush.

Appreciate the grandeur of the surrounding skyline and the architectural marvel of the bridge itself.

Whatever you do, don’t miss capturing the expansive views on camera, especially the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline.

Safety and Regulations

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When you’re walking, stay within the marked pedestrian lane and be aware of your surroundings.

The bridge can become especially crowded during peak times, so remain alert and extremely cautious of cyclists.

If you decide to ride a bike, remember that you’ll get in trouble for stopping in the bike lane.

Nearby Attractions and Views

Neighboring Landmarks

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As you walk the bridge, you’ll have a hard time missing the iconic Statue of Liberty standing proudly on Liberty Island.

Next, turn your gaze east to see the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood. It’s got historic architecture offering a peek into 19th-century Brooklyn.

Photography Spots

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Washington Street in DUMBO provides the quintessential Manhattan skyline backdrop with the bridge perfectly framing the World Trade Center.

It’s the photo you’ve likely seen all over social media.

If you want a photo like this, with nobody in the background, go super early.

You can also take cool photos on the bridge, by pausing at the zenith for a must-capture panorama of Lower Manhattan and the East River.

Nearby Activities

Brooklyn Bridge Park

After crossing, Brooklyn Bridge Park awaits with verdant spaces and expansive waterfront views.

Head into DUMBO to explore the cobblestone streets that fuse historic charm with modern vitality.

There are also plenty of cool cafes and lots of restaurants, including the iconic River Cafe, and popular Time Out Market.

Cultural Significance

In Popular Culture

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Your walk across the Brooklyn Bridge is a journey through a staple of cinematic and artistic inspiration.

Its Gothic towers and suspended wires have made cameo appearances in countless films and TV shows, including Spiderman, Gossip Girl, Kate and Leopold, and Sex and the City.

Historical Events

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The construction of the Brooklyn Bridge began in 1869 and concluded in 1883.

There were lots of casualties and injuries, as conditions were quite hazardous.

John Augustus Roebling did the primary design of the bridge, but ultimately it was his son Washington Roebling who carried through the vision.

Washington himself even suffered from decompression sickness, which left Emily Warren Roebling to oversee the project’s completion.

Practical Information

Transportation and Parking

NYC Subway

Subway Access: You can reach the Brooklyn Bridge via the 4, 5, 6 trains to City Hall Station, or the A, C trains to High Street/Borough Hall Station.

NYC Ferry: service is another scenic option, connecting various points along the East River.

Parking: Limited street parking is available, and traffic can be heavy. It’s best to use public transit or park in a nearby garage.

Dining and Refreshments

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You’re going to be hungry by the time you finish walking.

Kiosks on the bridge do offer water and snacks along the bridge if you’re really feeling desperate.

But I like to save my money and skip the over priced snacks and drinks in favor of hitting up one of these cafes or bars on either side of the bridge.

Luckily, there are plenty of yummy spots to eat on both sides of the bridge.

Here are some of my go-to spots divided up by which part of NYC they fall into.

Best Restaurants on the Manhattan Side of the Brooklyn Bridge:

Best Restaurants on the Brooklyn Side of the Brooklyn Bridge:

Benches and Restrooms near The Brooklyn Bridge

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Restrooms on the bridge itself are scarce, but you can find them at nearby park facilities.

Seating areas and benches are available at either end of the bridge, where you can rest and admire the views of the Manhattan Bridge and New York skyline.

Family and Accessibility

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Walking the Brooklyn Bridge is a memorable family activity, as long as you’re family is good at walking distances.

For those with young children, make sure your stroller is robust enough to handle the wooden walkway.

I can’t tell you how many people I’ve seen struggle with these over the years.

Along the way, you’ll find engaging things to do near the Brooklyn Bridge, including several museums and picturesque neighborhoods in both Manhattan and Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn Bridge Promenade is a wide path, great for families and accessible for strollers.

Or head to DUMBO to ride Jane’s Carousel.

Nearby, you can also explore Boerum Place and the lively streets of Downtown Brooklyn or take a quick stroll to Prospect Street for a nice family outing.


What is the best spot to take a picture of the Brooklyn Bridge?

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Head to the Brooklyn Bridge Park for a stunning vantage point.

You’ll be able to capture the full span of the bridge with the Manhattan skyline as the backdrop.

If you want a photo with you in it and the Brooklyn Bridge in the background, then head to Washington Street in DUMBO provides the quintessential Manhattan skyline backdrop with the bridge perfectly framing the World Trade Center.

How do I find the pedestrian entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge?

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The pedestrian walkway begins at the intersection of Tillary Street and Boerum Place in Brooklyn or near City Hall Park in Manhattan.

Is there a cost to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge?


No, there is no fee. Walking the Brooklyn Bridge is a free activity open to everyone.

What are the ideal hours to walk the Brooklyn Bridge for the best experience?


Sunrise and sunset offers beautiful lighting for views and photography.

However, daylight hours are generally the safest, with more walkers and cyclists around.

How much time should I allocate for a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge?


It typically takes about 30 minutes to cross, but you may want to allow an hour to enjoy the views and take photos.

However, if it’s your first time, I’d give yourself 45 minutes since you’ll likely want to stop and take photos.

What are some recommended activities to do after crossing the Brooklyn Bridge?

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Head to DUMBO, to walk around, visit Jane’s Carousel, or enjoy a meal at one of the local eateries for a nice break after your walk.

Final Thoughts


After this, I can’t wait to be back in NYC and on the Brooklyn Bridge with friends. I promise, next time I walk the bridge I’ll film it for my YouTube channel so you can come along on the adventure.

Until then, let me know if there’s anything else I can answer to help you plan the perfect trip to the New York City!


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