NYC: A Brooklyn Bridge Walk to Pizza
Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the US and beckons a walk across for anyone that visits the city.
We decided to walk across the iconic bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn and head to a pizza joint for lunch on the other side at the end of our trip before we caught a ride to the airport. Is there anything more quintessentially New York than walking bridges and eating pizza? That is certainly what the movies would have you picture of New York City anyway. The Brooklyn Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world until 1903 and the first steel wire suspension bridge. As bridges go, I found it especially appealing. The suspension wires thick and strong and the early morning fog settling around the brick was a gorgeous way to say good bye to NYC.
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What took 14 years to build, 600 workers and $15 million, that would now be more like $320 million, supports about 150,000 people a day, by car, foot or bike.
During construction 24 people died, including the designer, John Augustus Roebling, who had his toes smashed while taking some final readings and calculations and died three weeks later of tetanus. His son, Washington A. Roebling, took over as chief engineer and plans continued.
On May 24, 1883, the bridge was unveiled in a dedication ceremony presided over by President Chester A. Arthur and New York Governor Grover Cleveland. Emily Roebling took the first ride over the bridge and carried a rooster across, symbolizing victory, and within 24 hours 250,000 people had walked over the bridge. Oh to be one of the first. Even though, that moment is long gone, the walk is still pretty awesome for anyone that wants to take it. We sure found it stunning in all of the right ways.
New York City is one of those places many people go just once in their lives. If you’re headed there, make sure you make this once in a lifetime trip memorable and stay in style in the heart of it all. The Knickerbocker, The William Vale or the Refinery Hotel will all be a treat. Check them out for a good time in the Big Apple.
Once to the other side, we directed ourselves towards Grimaldi’s famous for their coal-fired brick oven that they cook their pizzas in. We got their before opening time and decided to walk around a bit and by the time we came back there was a bit of a line, but luckily for us we made the first cut and were among the first diners into the place when they opened. I’d highly recommend getting their early like we did because who knows how long you could potentially be standing there. The pizza was filling and a perfect way to end our time in New York City.
For more on our stay in NYC, check out The Empty State Building No More, The Colossal Arm (on The Statue Of Liberty), Grand Central Terminal & Oysters, A Walk in Manhattan to see the Flatiron Building, and another walk to see Times Square, street art and more!
The Brooklyn Bridge
Address: Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY 10038, USA
Address: 1 Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
Phone: +1 718-858-4300
Hours: (Brooklyn Branch) Monday – Thursday: 11:30am ~ 10:45pm; Friday: 11:30am ~ 11:45pm; Saturday: 12:00pm ~ 11:45pm; Sunday: 12:00pm ~ 10:45pm