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Williamsburg Bridge

Take a romantic evening stroll to the center of this bridge for excellent views of the lights of Brooklyn and Manhattan.

The Williamsburg Bridge is a historic traffic channel across the East River. It is wide enough to incorporate sections for vehicles, bikes and pedestrians. It is actually among the busiest walkways in New York City. Cross this bridge slowly to view the ornate features of its columns and charming views across the water.

Gaze up at the steel towers that hold the bridge together, rising to a height of 310 feet (94 meters). Its main span has a length of 1,600 feet (488 meters). Cycle back and forth across the bridge as you move through the nearby New York City neighborhoods.

Take time to stop in its center for breathtaking views of the East River and its surrounding attractions. From the high deck of the bridge, capture photos of Brooklyn and Manhattan neighborhoods. You should be able to see the Brooklyn Navy Yard and a small part of the Statue of Liberty. From certain angles, you can include this structure and the famous Brooklyn Bridge in one photograph. The Williamsburg Bridge is a less busy alternative to its neighboring bridge.

Explore the markets and shops of the Williamsburg area as well as many restaurants and cafés. Stop for a drink to relax after crossing the bridge. On the Brooklyn side, notice the humorous sign that says “Leaving Brooklyn, Oy Vey!” in reference to the neighborhood’s large Yiddish-speaking population.

The structure opened in 1903, when it held the title as the longest suspension bridge in the world. It is now known colloquially as “the Willy B.”

The state invested more than $600 million in the 1990s to renovate the bridge and prepare it for the next 100 years of use. Drive or walk across the structure without a fee. It remains open at all times.

The Williamsburg Bridge crosses the East River which links Manhattan’s Lower East Side to the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg. To reach its eastern entrance, take the subway to Marcy Avenue Station and walk through La Guardia Playground. The subway station of Essex Street is nearest the western entrance to the bridge.


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Arlo SoHo

231 Hudson Street, New York, NY
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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.

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    citizenM New York Bowery

    citizenM New York Bowery

    189 Bowery, New York, NY
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      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.

      Arlo NoMad ¥10,643
      Arlo NoMad

      Arlo NoMad

      11 East 31st Street, New York, NY
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        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.

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        Sanctuary NYC Retreats

        196 A Stanton Street, New York, NY
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Manhattan, this aparthotel 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 2 mi (3 km). Essex St. Station is 6 minutes by foot and Delancey St. Station is 7 minutes.

          Orchard Street Hotel ¥8,105
          Orchard Street Hotel

          Orchard Street Hotel

          163 Orchard Street, New York, NY
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Manhattan, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of New York University, 5th Avenue, and Washington Square Park. National September 11 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge are also within 2 mi (3 km). Delancey St. Station is only a 4-minute walk and Essex St. Station is 6 minutes.

            Pod Brooklyn
            Pod Brooklyn

            Pod Brooklyn

            247 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Williamsburg, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Roosevelt Island, New York University, and Barclays Center Brooklyn. Washington Square Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park are also within 3 mi (5 km). Bedford Av. Station is 6 minutes by foot and Metropolitan Av. Station is 9 minutes.

              The Hoxton Williamsburg
              The Hoxton Williamsburg

              The Hoxton Williamsburg

              97 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Williamsburg, this hotel is steps from Brooklyn Brewery and East River State Park. Music Hall of Williamsburg and WNYC Transmitter Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Bedford Av. Station is 6 minutes by foot and Nassau Av. Station is 11 minutes.

                Redford Hotel ¥10,128
                Redford Hotel

                Redford Hotel

                136 Ludlow Street, New York, NY
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Manhattan, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of New York University, 5th Avenue, and Washington Square Park. Brooklyn Bridge and National September 11 Memorial are also within 2 mi (3 km). Delancey St. Station and Essex St. Station are within a 5-minute walk.