South Street Seaport
This enclave of cobbled streets, maritime warehouses and shops combines the best and worst in historic preservation. It’s not on the...
South Street Seaport Museum
Located in the historic maritime district of South Seaport, this museum consists of an an 18th-century printing press and shop , as well...
In the warmer months, break free with a salty sail aboard one of the South Street Seaport’s historic schooners, the Pioneer . Tickets...
Keg No 229
If you know that a Flying Dog Raging Bitch is a craft beer – not a nickname for your ex – this curated beer bar is for you. From Elysian...
Brooklyn's hipster food market has jumped the East River, injecting touristy South Street Seaport with some much-needed local cred....
Brooklyn Bridge information
A New York icon, the Brooklyn Bridge was the world’s first steel suspension bridge. Indeed, when it opened in 1883, the 1596ft span between its two support towers was the longest in history. Although its construction was fraught with disaster, the bridge became a magnificent example of urban design, inspiring poets, writers and painters. Today, its pedestrian walkway – which begins just east of City Hall – delivers a soul-stirring view of lower Manhattan; you should reach Brooklyn after about a 20-minute walk.
Ironically, one man deprived of this view was the bridge's very designer, John Roebling. The Prussian-born engineer was knocked off a pier in Fulton Landing in June 1869, dying of tetanus poisoning before construction of the Brooklyn Bridge even began. Consequently, his son, Washington Roebling, supervised its construction, which lasted 14 years and managed to survive budget overruns and the deaths of 20 workers. The younger Roebling himself suffered from the bends while helping to excavate the riverbed for the bridge’s western tower and remained bedridden for much of the project; his wife Emily oversaw construction in his stead. There was one final tragedy to come in June 1883, when the bridge opened to pedestrian traffic. Someone in the crowd shouted, perhaps as a joke, that the bridge was collapsing into the river, setting off a mad rush in which 12 people were trampled to death.
Connecting Manhattan to Brooklyn, the bridge entered its second century as strong and beautiful as ever following an extensive renovation in the early 1980s. When walking across it, take care to stay on the side of the walkway marked for folks on foot, and not in the bike lane.