Brooklyn Bridge

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Photograph: Michael Kirby

No mere river crossing, this span is an elegant reminder of New York’s history of architectural innovation. When it opened in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was a feat of engineering: It was the first structure to cross the East River and, at the time, the longest suspension bridge in the world. (It also made use of steel-wire cables, invented by the bridge’s original designer, John A. Roebling.) Now it attracts thousands of tourists and locals, who enjoy spectacular views of lower Manhattan and other city landmarks (such as the Statue of Liberty and Governors Island) as they stroll its more-than-mile-long expanse. Heads up, though: You may run into the occasional cyclist trying to navigate through the crowds on the pedestrian walkway.

Venue name: Brooklyn Bridge
Address: enter on Centre St between Chambers St and Park Row or on Tillary St at Adams St
New York
Transport: Subway: A, C to High St
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Jaime B

This bridge is a beaut, but you and your patience need to prepare yourselves for a very slow walk. There's a lot of people, and you're going nowhere fast. Embrace this fact, or your enjoyment of the sights will be overwhelmed by road rage. Also, I love biking, but after doing it once, I'll never do it again. I found myself practically running down tourists and teeny boppers by the end, and I felt justified in doing so :-(

Jillian Anthony

Okay, everyone knows the Brooklyn Bridge is a universal sign of romance, and it sure is beautiful to look at. But it's a LOT less beautiful to walk across because it's absolutely clogged with tourists from dawn till dusk, not to mention they've been doing work on it for years. So, my advice: Definitely walk over the bridge once, but go early or late. It's certainly a fun, must-do New York experience. But after you've done it, you don't need to do it again. It's a very narrow path all the way that walkers, runners and bikers are all sharing, and very infuriating people like to walk in lines of three on a path that barely fits two. So much fun! And the bikers are less forgiving than I am...