I've always wanted to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. It's a landmark I've seen in movies and television shows since I was a child. Finally, on this trip to New York my son and I were able to fulfill my wish. I've been on some famous bridges before, all of them unique. This one didn't disappoint.
Walking just a little northeast of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in Lower Manhattan you can look out across the East River into Brooklyn (below) and the Brooklyn Bridge (above). On this afternoon the sun was moving in and out of an overcast sky, making for some very dramatic lighting
You can enter the bridge walking platform near the federal courthouse in Lower Manhattan. Much of the bridge is under re-construction and some of the view is obstructed until you near the center, then it opens up to a breathtaking panorama of the skyscrapers New York City is famous for.
Shirts being sold in the middle of the bridge with Lower Manhattan in the distance. Aside from buying something on the bridge, the walk and the view are absolutely FREE.
The view of Midtown Manhattan (above) from the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge, with the Empire State Building towering above the rest of them. As the bridge is open to pedestrians 24 hours a day, I wanted to walk across the bridge at night but didn't get the chance. One day.