Walking Tour of DUMBO: The Brooklyn Bridge
Called the "8th wonder of the world" when it was opened in 1883 as the world's largest suspension bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge has justifiably become one of New York's top destination walks for the forty-million or so tourists who visit the Big Apple every year.
The Brooklyn Bridge, with its soaring suspension cables and wide, wooden pedestrian walkway, affords spectacular views of New York Harbor and the inimitable Manhattan skyline.
It is the most photographed bridge in New York City. It ranks as one of the iconic images of New York City, along with the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building.
And, the growing popularity of the Brooklyn Bridge for walkers, bikers, photographers, tourists and daily pedestrian commuters is one indicator of the late-20th century renaissance of the borough of Brooklyn itself.
Seen close up, from DUMBO, one gets a humbling sense of just how large the Brooklyn Bridge is, and how grand a project it was to build it.
And, for general information: A Visitors Guide to Brooklyn, NY