Manhattan Bridge – Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York

Manhattan Bridge 1In December 2018 we were lucky enough to spend a week in New York. It was magical and I loved seeing the city all decked out for Christmas. The sights and sounds were amazing. Since it was our second trip to New York and decided to explore a little and headed out to take some pictures of the Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge. We did some searching and found that the best place to see both of these was at a place called Brooklyn Bridge Park in the DUMBO neighborhood.  DUMBO stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. It’s the Brooklyn neighborhood where Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges meet. 

Manhattan Bridge 2We were staying in Brooklyn, so it wasn’t too far. I love bridges as you may know, so I was so excited to be able to see two of them in the same place. Of course, it was winter so the carousel was closed and it was rather quiet. It was also very windy. I can only imagine what it is like during the summer. Even though it was windy, it didn’t deter us from walking around and taking a bunch of both bridges. Today I am going to share pictures and some history on the Manhattan Bridge. Next week I will share more on the Brooklyn Bridge so make sure to come back and check it out.

Manhattan Bridge 3First off, the Manhattan Bridge is a suspension bridge that crosses the East River and connects Lower Manhattan at Canal Street with Downtown Brooklyn at the Flatbush Avenue Extension. The main span is 1,470 feet long and the suspension cables are 3,224 feet long. The bridge’s total length is 6,855 feet. As a side note, it is one of four toll-free bridges spanning the East River; the other three are the Queensboro, Williamsburg, and Brooklyn Bridges. You can check out my travel blog post here for more about those bridges.

Manhattan Bridge 4While doing research I learned the bridge opened to traffic on December 31, 1909, and was built by The Phoenix Bridge Company. It was designed by Leon Moisseiff, and is noted for its innovative design. Considered to be the forerunner of modern suspension bridges, its design served as the model for many of the long-span suspension bridges built in the first half of the twentieth century. The Manhattan Bridge was also the first suspension bridge to utilize a Warren truss in its design.

Manhattan Bridge 5Interestingly I also found out that the Manhattan Bridge was to have been called “Bridge No. 3” because it was the third bridge to be built. However, the Manhattan Bridge’s current name was given in 1902

Manhattan Bridge 6Even though the bridge wasn’t officially opened to traffic until December 31 of 1909, a group of 100 “leading citizens of Brooklyn” walked over the bridge on December 5, 1909, marking the unofficial completion of the bridge. The bridge was officially opened by outgoing Mayor George B. McClellan Jr. on December 31, 1909.

Manhattan Bridge 7Today the Manhattan Bridge has four vehicle lanes on the upper level, split between two roadways carrying opposite directions of traffic. The lower level has three Manhattan-bound (formerly reversible) vehicle lanes, four subway tracks, a walkway, and a bikeway.  Not quite as famous as its neighbor, the Brooklyn Bridge, it is a great bridge to walk. It is less crowded, and if you start in Brooklyn, it drops you off in Chinatown. Great reward for walking the amazing Manhattan Bridge. We had a great visit and I hope to be able to go back and visit again one day soon. Here is a link to a website with more information, etc. 

Directions to Manhattan Bridge (Manhattan) with public transportation

The following transit lines have routes that pass near Manhattan Bridge

On the Brooklyn side, the closest train station to the Manhattan bridge is the York Street subway. Also, nearby is the High Street/Brooklyn Bridge station. On the Manhattan side, the closest train station to the Manhattan Bridge is the East Broadway Station. Also, nearby are the Canal Street Stations.

Walking the bridge

The Manhattan Bridge entrance is on the corner of Sands Street and Jay Street. If on the other hand, you are coming from Manhattan into Brooklyn, the entrance is in Chinatown, on the corner of Bowery Street and Canal Street. Either way, keep in mind that the side facing downtown Manhattan is for pedestrians. The side facing Queens is for bicyclists. If you are a pedestrian you’ll get to enjoy stunning views of lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge. You’ll see plenty of signs as you enter that inform you which side is for which type of traffic. 

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9 thoughts on “Manhattan Bridge – Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York”

    1. Thanks for the msg Darla. I bet it was a really cool experience. Hopefully we will be able to walk across it or the Brooklyn Bridge on a future trip.

  1. I love bridges too! I’ve snapped lots of pictures of them during our travels & typically post those on our Instagram account. I didn’t realize I had a thing for bridges until we started traveling. They are all so intriguing. I haven’t been to NY yet, but would love to see those bridges for myself! Thanks for sharing all that helpful information.

  2. Oh my goodness what a great post! I grew up on Long Island and my sister lived in Brooklyn for a while. I have lived in California for 30 yrs now and I still LOVE NY. This brought back so many memories. I usually go back every year. I loved the way you photographed it, added some interesting history and provided transportation routes. I return to NY every year but due to COVID have not been back since 2017. LOVED this piece!

    1. Hi Marisa, thank you for such a wonderful message. I really enjoyed seeing the bridge and can’t help that I like it more than the Brooklyn Bridge – sheesh, lol. Just kidding, I like them all. Glad you enjoyed my post and that it brought back many memories. We were just in New York last month but not the city. Hope to make it back soon. I am really sad not to be there for Christmas again. It was so pretty. Thanks again for your comment. Happy travels.

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