I finally visited Manhattan Bridge up close. I’ve been coming to New York for 6 years in a row every summer but I haven’t been to this bridge. Well, the bridge itself is not really a must-see destination in your guidebook. Manhattan Bridge is just the another bridge in New York that only few dare to wander. I came here because I wanted to check out Dumbo, a neighbourhood that’s becoming popular for foodies. I went around looking for a perfect place to sit and admire Manhattan’s skyline across the river but my search was in vain. Ok, I found one restaurant but the view wasn’t enough for me. 😀 If I had to spend much money, I want a good view, too, not just good food, right? So, I ended up reading a book at Brooklyn Park, suppressing and forgetting my hunger. 😀
I think I’ll have to go back there and explore the area longer. or I’ll do my research first before going back. 😀
There are five subway trains that go there: lines D, N, Q, B, and R. Get off at DeKalb Avenue. It’s a pretty long walk to Dumbo / Manhattan Bridge.
For first timers in New York City, I’d suggest that you take lines A and C. Get off at High Street. Explore Brooklyn Bridge first and then walk to Manhattan Bridge and Dumbo.
The best option to go there is get off at Chambers Street/City Hall in Manhattan and then cross Brooklyn Bridge on foot. The view is breathtaking! Just follow the crowd all the way to the bottom of the bridge.
Can you walk the Manhattan Bridge? Yes, you can, dahlin’! It is quiet and the only people you see there would be a few joggers. The view, of course, won’t be as nice as the one in Brooklyn Bridge.
This is the Manhattan Bridge in between old industrial buildings at Dumbo area in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Park is right under Manhattan Bridge.
From the park, you can watch the sun setting behind New York skyscrapers.
It’s not really the best place to watch sunset, but it’s nice nonetheless. Follow the walking path, going into the direction of Brooklyn Bridge.
While walking, you’ll see a row of benches (on your left) in front of a restaurant. Right next to it is the Brooklyn Historical Society Museum Building.
Go inside the building and climb the stairs – up to the last floor. It’s open to the public and it’s free.
They have a terrace overlooking the river with a view of Manhattan Bridge on your right.
And the view of Brooklyn Bridge on your left.
When you’re done, continue walking to Brooklyn Bridge. If you have time to spare, sit or lie down on the grass with a book or a box of pizza.
It’s a great way to end the afternoon, after a whole day of sightseeing.
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