Getting to Manhattan, over the Brooklyn Bridge

It’s easy, it’s free, and it’s a sight to see!  The Brooklyn Bridge makes travel easier for Brooklynites who don’t want to pay the high toll of traveling through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel into Manhattan.

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. The Bridge was completed in 1883.  For well over a hundred years the Brooklyn Bridge has connected the two largest boroughs in New York: Brooklyn and Manhattan.  As the longest suspension bridge in the world from its opening until 1903, it is the first steel-wired suspension bridge.  It is quite fascinating to drive over the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan and look up at its amazing structure.

Getting closer to Manhattan side, the skyscrapers are at your fingertips.  A quick right turn off the bridge into lower Manhattan is the site of the Federal Courthouse on Foley Square, where many an episode of Law and Order is filmed.  The steep concrete steps going up to the courthouse adds to the drama that takes  place inside.

A left turn off the bridge takes you to Canal Street, the home of Tribeca Film, China Town, and Mulberry Street (Little Italy) where there are plenty of good inexpensive restaurants to choose from.  The famous Italian pastry store, Ferrara’s, is know for its cannoli and other tempting dolci (sweets) always festive at Christmastime.

On a daily basis, people drive, walk, or ride a bike over the Brooklyn Bridge to get into Manhattan or vice versa, to get back into Brooklyn.   Then there are some people who just admire its structure.

The view of Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge

Going over the Brooklyn Bridge by car into Manhattan

The Brooklyn Bridge has a dedicated pedestrian walkway above the roaring car traffic.  It’s a great walk, and good exercise, if you’re wearing a comfortable pair of shoes. The Brooklyn Bridge soars over the East River and is one of New York City’s most famous routes, both for tourists and born-and-bred New Yorkers, between the boroughs.  Being connected to New York  City opens up a whole wide world of sight-seeing, entertainment, and more, especially during the Christmas holidays.

The Brooklyn Bridge connects visitors to the South Street Seaport, a prominent spot for seafood restaurants and taking boat rides from the East  River up the Hudson. The South Street Seaport will host a bevy of holiday happenings all month long, including performances by the Mistletones Carolers, a professional acappella group who will tour the historic Seaport District and Pier 17 from 1pm to 3pm, singing holiday classics.

Additional holiday events include:
November 25th, 26th and 27th Big Apple Chorus
December 2nd, 3rd and 4th Young New Yorkers’ Chorus
December 9th, 10th and 11th New York City Gay Men’s Chorus
December 16th, 17th and 18th Cantori New York
December 23rd and 24th Big Apple Chorus
For the kids:
From November 26 to December 24 bring the kids to the Seaport for a photo with Santa and take advantage of special offers from Shutterfly.
Dancing at the Seaport

Dancing at the Seaport under the lights of the Brooklyn Bridge

Next let’s visit the city, as we drive north of the Seaport, up the West Side, to check out the holiday entertainment on Broadway, the Christmas spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Rockefeller Center’s lighting of the Christmas Tree.  We’ll check to see if the ice is ready at Rockefeller’s popular ice skating rink.
Rockefeller Center

Rink at Rockefeller Center

Photos:  Patricia Florio
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