NYC Travel Guide: How to Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

I’m Jen your local New York City guide
and welcome to the Brooklyn Bridge if you are visiting New York this is
probably one of your bucket list items to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
however did you know there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it I am going to
share the local tried and true ways to walk across this bridge all you need to
know, the seven mistakes most the locals make and I am also going to if you wait
until the very end of the video share my top Instagram angles best photos and a
forgotten history of this beautiful bridge. Subscribe check out the blog post
link down below with all the details and let’s get going! If you thought you were just gonna look
on the map and look for the Brooklyn Bridge and say okay I’m gonna walk
across it it is not that easy I’m about to tell you the seven mistakes most
tourists make. Number one: direction. If you are walking from the Manhattan side
to the Brooklyn side like this you are not going to see the beautiful view of
the skyline the whole time you’re gonna have to keep looking behind you to take
photos and trust me the much better view is if you walk from the Brooklyn side to
the Manhattan side and this is your view the entire time. Number two walking in
the bike lane that’s this, this is the pedestrian section it is actually marked
by some very well worn out areas that have a little bike symbol but you’ll
know when people are starting to yell at you that you have walked in the bike
lane they are very you know vocal letting you
know you’re in the bike lane and I’m gonna hit you and you just need to be
really careful yes everyone does it. You go in there for a second to take a photo
but you come right back and you make sure that you’re always being attentive
to who’s coming at you because knowing that no one wants to come to New York
and get hit by a bike no fun so just stay in your lane don’t go over there. Number three going at the wrong time don’t come here at noon and expect it to
be completely empty you have to come at sunrise to really get that beautiful
golden light and less crowds also the weekdays are definitely better than the
weekends. Number four scheduling an activity after 30 minutes technically
this bridge is one mile long or two kilometers long and takes 30 minutes to
walk across but let’s be real you’re gonna want to take photos it’s gonna
take you at least an hour to walk across for me give me two hours I’m gonna be
taking a lot of photo and video. Number five wear comfortable shoes
I bring heels for photos but you’re gonna want comfortable shoes especially
for walking. Number six wear layers a lot of times this bridge is
super chilly and especially in all the other seasons except for summer you are
on the water so it does get chilly just bring a couple layers. Number seven don’t expect to find bathrooms food or water on the bridge
there are no vendors if you are hungry you need water anything bathrooms you’re gonna need to go before and bring some food because you’re gonna need to walk
across the bridge and then walk a little bit more to actually get what you need and now what you’ve been waiting for
how to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge if I had to summarize it all into one
sentence it is you have to walk from the Brooklyn side to the Manhattan side at
sunrise I know I said sunrise when there’s the best golden light and the
least crowds, the best way! The easiest and closest Brooklyn subway stop is if you
take the A or the C to High Street Brooklyn Bridge exit the station and
take a right on Pearl Street and a left on Prospect Street to the underpass
entrance on Washington Street if the two or three are more convenient from where
you are take the two or three train all the way down to Clark Street and then
you will take a nice leisurely walk down Henry then you’ll get to cab new Plaza
East Park and see the underpass on the left. Lastly you can take the two three four five end or our Subway’s to Borough Hall
once across the bridge you can return to the other side to Brooklyn if you
started on the right side by walking the other way taking the subway or taking
the ferry also many people forget this but you can walk from one side walk
halfway and then walk back it’s that easy so if you’re limited on time I’ve
done that before and that is a great way to take photos and then end up on the
same side. The closest subway station on the Manhattan side is the four five six
to Brooklyn Bridge City Hall Now a forgotten the history of this
beautiful bridge. Number one did you know when it first opened it connected two
cities: New York City to Brooklyn. Brooklyn was and technically, if it was
still a city, is the fourth most populous city in the United States after only New
York, Chicago and Philadelphia. Number two the infamous Boss Tweed gathered 65 thousand dollars in bribes to help get the bonds that actually made this bridge possible
he did get arrested before he was going to be skimming the money off of the
bridge but hey we got the bridge! Number three unfortunately a lot of people died
during construction of the bridge including the designer himself John A
Roebling he was taking compass measurements and when his foot
unfortunately got stuck between pilings and a boat and he had to get his toes
amputated contracted tetanus and unfortunately passed away but his son
took over and when his son was combating a fire unfortunately he got the bends
like many did… was completely bedridden for many years his wife Emily would
take messages from his bed to the bridge and she actually became an
engineer and designer herself Number four a massive celebration marked the
opening just before midnight 150,000 people walked across the bridge compare
that with 4,000 people walking across on a weekday and 27,000 walking across on a weekend – so many people walking across this
bridge. Number five only six days after the bridge opened unfortunately a woman
trip she screamed and that caused the pedestrians around her to start running
thinking that there was something wrong with the bridge
unfortunately this incident this whole Stampede caused 12 deaths and 35 were
wounded such a sad day. Number six after the
stampede PT Barnum led 21 elephants across this bridge to show it was safe. Number seven peregrine falcons are the fastest animal on record and a bunch
live here in New York and there are a few that actually live on top of this
bridge! I’ve taken a ton of photos on this bridge so here are some of my
favorites follow me on instagram (@jenniferscamera) for more if you’re not already following and
here we go thank you so much for watching this
video all about the Brooklyn Bridge and how to walk it right if you enjoyed it
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with even more details as always say yes to new adventures and I’ll see you next
time bye!

85 thoughts on “NYC Travel Guide: How to Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

  1. Hi Jennifer, and yes I went the opposite way, but I went midweek, a nice straight level walk and great views, a tourist must do thanx

  2. Loved this video! Such a beautiful bridge with spectacular views of NYC. Jen, you look amazing and your presentation was excellent. The videography and editing are great, so well done. The history of the bridge was very interesting. Another great video which I enjoyed so much. Thanks for all the helpful hints on walking the bridge and how to get there.

  3. Wow, another great video and very informative. Nice way to learn the rules for the Brooklyn bridge. That will definitely be on my to do list for when I visit next year. Such a sad history for such a beautiful bridge. Your photos look amazing.

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  4. Excellent videography and editing. Great use of masking, timelapse, aerial footage and transitions! By far my favorite bridge in New York and I have walked and cycled across it numerous times. I still have to walk across it during sunrise though!

  5. Very nice, as always. I walked the bridge late last year. I took a taxi from Manhattan to the Brooklyn side, early weekday morning, and enjoyed the peace, skyline views right and left, minor graffiti and padlocks. I also managed to avoid the bicycle lane and, looking down, had a good view of the traffic directly below. My only failing was not wearing a red dress. Is it obligatory ?

  6. Looooove the walking the Brooklyn bridge … one of my faves things to do when living in NYC
    100% agree you gotta start from Brooklyn. But most tourist do it backwards

  7. Great tip on walking from the Brooklyn side to the Manhattan side. Can also walk the Manhattan Bridge to Brooklyn and then walk across the Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan

  8. Walking across the bridge at sunrise has to be an amazing experience! Great way to start the day

  9. Interesting that Roebling also designed a bridge in Cincinnati a few years before the Brooklyn Bridge that has some similarities

  10. It’s 2am right now, and I’m binge watching your videos. Your videos are not only exciting but they’re very informative. Also, they are edited so well. I’m glad to be a subscriber.

  11. Awesome video on the bridge! Love the history! And you gave us a full video, not the abridged version! I'll have to walk it some time!

  12. Aloha Jennifer!🌈🤙🏼🙋🏻‍♂️
    Can’t wait to walk the Brooklyn bridge. Will use your helpful tips to ensure that
    i enjoy it.
    Hope to be back this year 🗽

  13. Great advice about direction. When I visited Sydney and walked across the harbour bridge I deliberately began at the North Sydney end (Milsons Point railway station) and walked south to Circular Quay in central Sydney. That way I could keep to the left side of the bridge, have a great view of the Opera House etc and not get in anyone's way.
    Interestingly bike riders have their own dedicated corridor on the other side of the Sydney Habour Bridge away from pedestrians, but unfortunately there are flights of steps on either side! Imagine climbing those with a bicycle on your way to work each day. 🙂

  14. Am I the only one that thinks that it is a pity you are walking on a very busy street and not on the water?

  15. Also, did you know that the two pillars sit on huge wooden boxes dug into the river bed?
    Great video, Jen! 👍

  16. Hey, Jenn, Until recently I did not know this bit of family lore, but Franklin Edson, born in Chester, VT, as many of my forefathers were, was mayor of NY when the bridge was completed and was the first to walk over it.

  17. Walking across the bridge in style. Great video Jen! Your photos are just beautiful. Red is definitely your color. 🥰

  18. Great info! I'd love to style you for your next video and help you enhance your presentation, you're stunning!

  19. Wow Nice view and how Good you have Explained
    I have once studied about this bridge in Book and I am very Glad to see it
    Hope to see you with more informative videos

  20. Very informative video! One of my favorite tip was the one where you said that one should start from the Brooklyn side as compared to the Manhattan side. I have walked over the Brooklyn Bridge on three different occasions when I visited New York and ALL three times I walked starting from the Manhattan side and had to keep on looking backwards to take photos or to see the skyline, so I said the next time I am there I will start from the Brooklyn side and here you came with this video. Thanks for all of the tips and info.

  21. Loved the video! Have walked it twice, back and forth. On the Manhattan side, the Brooklyn Bridge City Hall is the most convenient, clean restroom and has a great view of the bridge!

  22. Ever since I first walked across the bridge (as she says, from Brooklyn to Manhattan!) I fell in love. Now I always do it whenever I visit NYC. Truly a national treasure!

  23. Guardians of the Forest project their message by Brooklyn Bridge ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit:

  24. is it just me or is the directions and visual drawing for after High Street/BrooklynBridge not totally wrong? Shows the subway to the left hand side not where diagram starts ?

  25. Jennifer, thanks for the video on the bridge, we have been planning a crossing from Brooklyn to Manhatan and your 1st rule rpoves we were thinking right. The other rules will make our crossing better and your photo sights will help also.

  26. I think you forgot about LA. Los Angeles has a larger population than Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Chicago…great video though.

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