Walking the Brooklyn Bridge.

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge.

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.

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Comments (23)

  1. Kevin

    As someone who’s walked over that bridge many times, I can vouch for the veracity of those photos — they really do capture the feeling of being up there at night! What’s next on your list of free or low-cost adventures in the outer NYC boroughs? May I suggest the Staten Island Ferry? It’s a wonderful escape on those muggy summer days and nights.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Probably a bit more of Brooklyn, there’s so much to tell people about. Then the Bronx too, and I do love Queens. I have to say though that I have NEVER been to Staten Island. I probably should go, and then write about it. You’re so smart! 🙂

      1. the lazy travelers

        having gone to college on staten island (no, i didn’t grow up there and yes, it’s a long story), i can say this much: skip staten island in general, but definitely take the ferry ride! the views of downtown are pretty stellar.

        love these photos & love the brooklyn bridge walk (AND grimaldi’s).

        1. The World Wanderer

          I would love to hear the story of how you wound up in Staten Island, haha…one day. 🙂 Yes, the ferry is on my list, maybe for the fall.

  2. World Wanderer

    Okay, New York is on my list… Wait – I must write my list! 😀

    1. The World Wanderer

      Yes, definitely add it to that list! 🙂

  3. Leah Travels

    Ok, this is a replay of my night four years ago, except I wasn’t with my cousin or her boyfriend. Instead, I was there with my mom’s ashes. I spread a little of her out over the bridge. I think even without that part of my walk, it would have been memorable. And good call on the pizza. Grimaldi’s is fab.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Leah, that sounds like a really wonderful way to remember your mom. It’s a truly special place set up above the river and the rest of the city.

  4. Kieu

    I’m ashamed to say, I’ve been to NY a few times and have never cross the bridge to Brooklyn. 🙁 It’s definitely on my list though..

  5. D.J. - The World of Deej

    We tried walking the Brooklyn Bridge once in the dead of winter. We got halfway and the wind was so biting cold that we turned around:) Does that count?

    1. The World Wanderer

      It counts! I cannot imagine doing it in the winter.

  6. Pola (@jettingaround)

    I don’t mind your Brooklyn kick at all! Keep the posts coming. Next time I’m in NYC, I need to explore more of Brooklyn. I’m sure it has changed A LOT since I last visited.

    I’ve walked the bridge once and would love to do it again. This time with a camera in tow. 🙂

    1. The World Wanderer

      I would love to see the photos you would take! If you need a Brooklyn tour guide, I can do the job. 🙂

  7. Traveling Ted

    Nice pictures and fun adventure at night. When I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge it was absolutely freezing. A frigid wind cut across and right through us. As soon as we got to the other side we stopped for Starbucks and a warm up.

    1. The World Wanderer

      You had the exact opposite of my experience. It was SO hot. We needed water to cool down. 🙂

  8. lola

    i lived in NYC for a few years and NEVER walked the Brooklyn Bridge. what is the matter with me?! i need to get down to the BIG CITY again soon and this will be on the top of the list. love all your photos! you look great, Erin 🙂

    1. The World Wanderer

      Guess we can just walk it together!! 🙂

  9. Craig Zabransky

    Walking the bridge is definitely one of my favorite things to do when visitors come to seem me in New York. I always like to have a late lunch in Brooklyn, then walk back at sunset.
    stay adventurous, Craig

    1. The World Wanderer

      Perfect way to show anyone the city. Such beautiful views.

  10. Tawny- Captain and Clark

    I love all the New York posts. Walking the Brooklyn bridge is one of the things I have to do whenever I’m in the city. It just never gets old.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks! I can see that, I’m planning the next time I do it. Think the fall will be best.

  11. Keane

    I have! I walked from Battery Park all the way to Williamsburg in Brooklyn! It was one of the best walks I ever did. I was so into long walks after that, I came back to SF and walked from Pacific Heights to Sausalito… I don’t recommend that walk (too far).

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