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Walking Over the Brooklyn Bridge

  • May 29, 2017
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I’m a Brooklyn girl. Even when my family moved to the Bronx, I knew I’d return. And I did. So it seems funny that I never walked across the Brooklyn Bridge until last month. Then again, how many people play tourist in their own city?

Completed in 1883, it was the first steel suspension bridge, 1,600 feet across (the longest span in the world at the time). The history is fascinating and can be found at

But I was determined that this year would be the year I walked across, joining hundreds of workers doing their daily commute and tourists enjoying the novelty.

I have no idea what those circles are on the bridge.

Even the waterways have traffic.

I was a bit hot and sweaty by the time I walked to my subway line on the other side, but extremely satisfied. And yep, I’ll do it again one day.


  • Jan • May 29, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    I walked the Brooklyn Bridge the last time I was in NYC and had a blast – except for the rude bicyclists!

    • J. M. Levinton • May 29, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Yep, that happens, but it goes both ways. While I crossed, some people ignored the dividing line and bicyclists had to be careful when they had right of way in their lane.

  • R.G. Emanuelle • May 29, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Yeah, I’ve lived in Brooklyn all my life and I never walked the Bridge until a few years ago. I know plenty of native New Yorkers who have never been to the Statue of Liberty. That’s just the way it is.

    • J. M. Levinton • May 29, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      One summer my parents and I played tourist–that’s the only reason I got to the Statue of Liberty. 🙂

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