The city of New York has landmarks that are easily recognized. Even if you’ve never been to the city, you’ve seen them on TV and the cinema: the Empire State, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty and many, many more.
One of those landmarks is the Brooklyn Bridge with its distinct design. Although I had been to New York before, I’d never crossed it until early February this year. My sister and nieces came to visit us in Dallas and the girls wanted to go to New York too. After all, NYC is closer to Dallas than to Buenos Aires!
The Brooklyn Bridge was opened in 1883 to connect the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. It has two levels, one for vehicular traffic and a promenade for pedestrians and cyclists.
It is very easy to reach. We took the M line (subway lines 4, 5 or 6) to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall station and walked a few yards to the beginning of the bridge.
It was a sunny day but oh so cold! There was snow along the sides of the path so it was narrower than usual. We had to keep and eye out for cyclists. I’m sure they were annoyed at those tourists who were busy taking photos and not paying attention to what was happening on the road.
The views of Manhattan from the bridge are spectacular. We picked out a few of NYC landmarks, like the Empire State or Lady Liberty. The going was fine, the sun kept us relatively warm and there was very little wind.
However, things changed when we got to the other side. The buildings blocked the sunlight, the wind seemed to have picked up and it was bitterly cold. We cancelled our plans to see Brooklyn, had a hot drink and found the nearest subway station back to Manhattan. We went to Wall St, where it felt even colder, but that’s a story for another day.