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Whether you begin in Brooklyn or Manhattan, crossing the Manhattan Bridge is always an impressive sight. During the day, the unmistakable New York City skyline gleams with skyscrapers. Even late at night, the stretch of lights in both directions reminds you why New York is called “the city that never sleeps.” Cross this bridge for its magnificent views, and remember to get your own picture of the scene found on many postcards.
Completed in 1910, the Manhattan Bridge is one of three iconic bridges that crosses the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn. It was the first to employ several technologies now standard in the construction of long-span bridges. Marvel at this feat of engineering that has become a classic part of the New York skyline.
Traverse the bridge on foot, on bike, in a car or on a train. Crossing on foot will allow you the chance to pick a spot and take a photograph. Many people also use the bridge for their runs. Rise early and take the F train to York Street in Brooklyn or the 6 to Canal Street. Enjoy the brilliant sunrise over Brooklyn.
If you are in a hurry, a less expensive option than driving or taking a cab is to take a train across the bridge. Make sure you get a seat next to a south-facing window, looking out on the Statue of Liberty and Downtown. To enjoy this view if you are coming from Manhattan, sit on the right side. If you are coming from Brooklyn you want to be on the left.
Something that you can only see on foot or in a car, however, is the grand colonnade that marks the front of the island entrance to the Manhattan Bridge. Appreciate the Charles Rumsey frieze spanning the arch and see why this part of the bridge has been designated a New York City landmark.
Located in Manhattan, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of New York University, One World Trade Center, and National September 11 Memorial. Federal Reserve Bank of New York is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) away. Canal St. Station (Varick St.) is only a 2-minute walk and Canal St. Station (W. Broadway) is 6 minutes.
Located in Manhattan, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of New York University, 5th Avenue, and Washington Square Park. Union Square Park and Bleecker Street are also within 1 mi (2 km). 2 Av. Station is only a 4-minute walk and Delancey St. Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Manhattan, this hotel is steps from The Oculus and National September 11 Memorial. Wall Street and One World Trade Center are also within 10 minutes. Cortlandt St. Station and Fulton St. Station (Broadway) are within a 2-minute walk.
Located in Chinatown, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Brooklyn Bridge, and New York Stock Exchange. New York University is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away. Grand St. Station (Chrystie St.) is 5 minutes by foot and Canal St. Station (Lafayette St.) is 6 minutes.
Located in Bowery, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Washington Square Park and Union Square Park. Brooklyn Bridge and New York Stock Exchange are also within 2 mi (3 km). Bowery St. Station is only a 2-minute walk and Grand St. Station (Chrystie St.) is 4 minutes.
Located in Midtown, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Empire State Building, Madison Square Park, and Macy's. 33 St. Station (Park Av. S) is only a 4-minute walk and 28 St. Station (Park Av. S) is 5 minutes.
Located in Brooklyn Heights, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Brooklyn Bridge Park/DUMBO Terminal and Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Brooklyn Bridge and New York Stock Exchange are also within 1 mi (2 km). Clark St. Station is 11 minutes by foot and High St. Station is 11 minutes.
Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Wall Street, National September 11 Memorial, and Brooklyn Bridge. New York University and 5th Avenue are also within 2 mi (3 km). Grand St. Station (Chrystie St.) is only a 4-minute walk and E Broadway Station is 7 minutes.