When the Brooklyn Bridge was built in 1883, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Now, it is a historic landmark; an icon of New York City and one of the most important parts of the city's identity, with its Gothic-shaped arches and suspension cables.
You can see it from many parts of the City and ferries, but the best way to experience it is to walk across it. A wooden walkway runs above the lanes of traffic, making it easy for visitors to take a leisurely stroll around. Those who are not up for walking the entire bridge can go as far as the first pillar where there is a viewing platform, and it's possible to see one of the granite towers up close.
From the bridge are beautiful views over Manhattan, the East River, and beyond to the Statue of Liberty. Biking over the bridge is another option, but pedestrian traffic is often very heavy, and cycling can be slow and challenging on busy days. Be aware that the access to the bridge begins well back from the water's edge.