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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.

Guide to Exploring around Williamsburg Bridge