I’ll admit it, I’ve been on a bit of a Brooklyn kick lately, but it’s often hard not to be. Sometimes an escape from Manhattan is necessary, and Brooklyn is the perfect place for that. But, this trip to Brooklyn was about more than an escape, it was about crossing an item off my bucket list, and doing something that I’ve always wanted to do: walk over the Brooklyn Bridge.
My Irish cousin, Michelle, and her boyfriend, Matt, were visiting this past week after two weeks in Canada. Since this was not their first trip to New York, I wanted to do something different with them, and I thought it would be even more fun if we could experience something new together. That’s when I thought about walking over the Brooklyn Bridge.
The plan was flawless, we’d meet up in the city, then pick up Jeff on our way downtown, park on the Manhattan side and walk over to grab dinner. That was until three o’clock, when the skies opened up with rain, and it was so dark that it appeared to be the end of the world. Big storms hit the city, but I refused to give up on our plan of heading over the bridge.
Eventually, after a few hours of heavy traffic and navigating around, the skies completely cleared and the temperatures cooled down significantly. It turned out to be the perfect night to cross the bridge.
This was the first time I’ve ever walked over a major bridge before and everything about it was impressive. The structure itself was beautiful, and there were two areas to stand and admire the architecture and the cars going by underneath us.
After many pictures and stops to admire the scenery, our hunger took over and we hurried off the bridge. Then we headed straight to Front Street where we followed the crowd to Grimaldi’s, and after a short wait outside, we headed in for some coal oven pizza.
After stuffing ourselves, we headed down to the river for ice cream at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and some more views of Manhattan. Unfortunately, we were too late for ice cream, but the views were worth it for sure.
Even though we were all a little bit exhausted from a long day and the unpredictable weather, the walk over the bridge was definitely an experience that I would suggest doing if you are ever in New York, especially because it is something you can do for free. Not only does it give you a great view of Manhattan, but it also gives you the chance to experience Brooklyn, even if you only have a limited amount of time in New York.