The Brooklyn Bridge crosses New York City's lower East River connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn. When completed in 1883, the structure was the longest suspension bridge in the world. It was also the first bridge to be lit using electricity. Today its two towers and steel-wire cables are a landmark recognized around the world.
There is has a bike and pedestrian path down the center of the bridge, open 24 hours. The entrance to the bridge is across from City Hall Park in Manhattan. Visitors can also get a great view of the structure from the South Street Seaport.
If you like exploring on foot, views from the bridge are quite impressive. When you are on foot, you can stop and admire the view without having to worry about the cars zooming by. Save time by riding a bike, bypassing the less interesting bits at the foot of the bridge and stopping in the center of the bridge where the best views are. If you are planning a summer trip to the city, the best time for a longer walk on the bridge is earlier in the morning. During and day, it can get quite hot and sunny, well into the evening.
Another way to get a good look at the bridge is from the water – there are several boat tours available pretty much year round that will let you see the bridge and other scenic buildings in Manhattan from the water. If you are planning a romantic proposal, pop the question white cruising under the bridge with the fellow passengers cheering you on.
After touring the bridge, on foot, by bike or from the water, stop for lunch at one of the cafes in Lower Manhattan, have tea, coffee and sandwiches before heading on to the next attraction.