Brooklyn Bridge is one of the best known attractions in New York – and also one of the most annoying! Since it is so famous most tourists want to walk across it. Add to it the regular New Yorkers doing their regular business and you will get a huge crowd. I literally had to queue to get on the bridge! This is made worse by salespeople trying to flog off some tourist trash along the way.
New York legislators approved Roebling’s plan for a suspension bridge over the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn in 1867. It was the very first steel suspension bridge, boasting the longest span in the world: 1,600 feet from tower to tower.
Crossing Brooklyn Bridge
Before I started my ascent, I really needed to find a toilet though. I spent nearly an hour at the Russian barber and was literally bursting. Problem is there are no toilets anywhere near the bridge. I thought the Jewish boys with the lulav and etrog would know but they had no idea either. Instead they asked me to do a mitzvah with them so we waved the leaves together then I rushed off to Starbucks.
By the time I got to the first tower of the bridge I was so fed up with the crowd I turned around. I honestly don’t understand why everyone is crazy about the bridge. The views are not exciting at all and it is full of people. There is also the danger of colliding with a speeding cyclist. Instead of the bridge I would highly recommend the Roosevelt Island Elevated Tramway. The views are far better and much less crowded.
This was my last day in New York and I would like to finish this series with a couple of apocalyptic pictures. I went down to a subway station and it was completely deserted! There was not a soul anywhere. The below photos are quite spooky.
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