From here the next attraction is the famous Brooklyn Bridge. At the entrance from Manhattan, there are stalls with the cheapest keychains in the city, all $ 1. It takes at least 20 minutes walk the length of the bridge, so if you do not want to go and return, it is preferable to take the subway to Brooklyn and across towards Manhattan. Let’s be honest, it is just a bridge, but its reputation is well deserved. Walk, run or bike it, is a great experience because of the bridge itself and the views of the city. In the Brooklyn end there are three main attractions.
- Brooklyn Bridge Park: runs along the west bank of the East river, to the south for 1.5 km.
- Brooklyn Heights Promenade. It is a elevated pedestrian area parallel to the park. In my opinion, it’s the best view of the Manhattan skyline.
- And the pizza at the base of the bridge. The queues for dinner at Juliana’s and Grimaldi’s may seem ridiculously long, but the truth is that they are two of the best pizzas I’ve had in this city where no there’s no shortage of pizzerias.
If the visitor still have time, or rather it has required you two days to see this area, yet there are two other points of interest in terms of its views over the city:
- Staten Island Ferry. It is free. Good view of the city and the Statue of Liberty. It takes 30 minutes to get to Staten Island and sails off a minute later back to Manhattan, you have to get off the ferry and hurry up to get into it again.
- Governors Island. The ferry is free, it only sails for the general public by the end of May til the end of September. This area is in constant renewal; it is being prepared as recreational area, the crowds still have not found it.