When we went to New York City for Fourth of July weekend, it was almost too hot to do anything outside. We still managed to stay fairly active though. One day, we met up with an old coworker of mine at Smorgasburg in Prospect Park and then, on the way back to Manhattan, decided to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.
I began to question that decision when I realized that the walk was a little over a mile long and even though the sun was going down, it was still hot, and I was pretty tired from an already busy day.
But by then we had already started so I decided to soldier on. It was a beautiful summer evening, after all. We had gotten off at the Borough Hall subway stop and walked to the pedestrian walkway across the bridge. As you can see, we were not the only folks walking across at the time.
We mostly found over the weekend that the crowds were not too bad for a lot of things, but there was definitely still a crowd going over the bridge. The walkway is fairly narrow in places, and people bike across as well, so it gets chaotic. Be sure to be aware of your surroundings before you stop to take pictures.
Overall, it’s not an extremely physically demanding walk, though it’s not totally flat and is a little over a mile. I saw families with folks of all ages walking across. It is also wheelchair accessible.
We had a nice time walking the bridge. We took our time and found a bench to rest on halfway across. We watched people and took in the sights. You can do the bridge in an hour or less at a leisurely pace.
I definitely recommend this as a nice outdoor activity in NYC, especially if you can combine it with exploring DUMBO or lower Manhattan.
Have you walked across the Brooklyn Bridge?