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Brooklyn Bridge Walk

Manhattan to Brooklyn in search of ice cream, pizza, views and people watching
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview:  This is a fun and scenic walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn. If you have children with you, just say these magic words: "Brooklyn Ice... more »

Tips:  Bring water, especially on a hot day.

Finding the entrance and exit to the bridge is not obvious. These POIs and map should help.

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Points of Interest

On the Manhattan side, begin the walk across the bridge in the small park next to the Manhattan Municipal Building, an impressive 40-story Beaux-Arts building with a subway station in its basement. The Manhattan Municipal Building is across Center Street from City Hall Park. You can take the subway or a taxi to get here. The subway actually drops... More

2. Midway

Halfway across the bridge is a great spot to take pictures, observe all of the activity on and over the river (boats, helicopters, cars zooming below you) and people watching. We saw everything from tours to photo shoots to small film crews.

Look for the sign "Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO: Washington St. and Cadman Plaza" with an image of a pedestrian descending some stairs. (Note: DUMBO stands for "down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass" and refers to the neighborhood there.)

Once you are at street level, look for maps and read the keys to find the stops and sites you're after. For ... More

4. Middagh Street to Columbia Heights

There are likely several, more direct ways to get to the waterfront and Ice Cream Factory, but we liked this route for a few reasons:

1. It took us through the peaceful Cadman Plaza Park, which was welcome after the urban, hot and busy walk across the bridge.
2. Middagh Street is small, tree lined and filled with great architecture, including... More


At Old Fulton Street, turn left and you will see the cute-as-can-be ice cream factory near the water in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge. There is a large pier and tiny restaurant right there. There is also the River Cafe just beyond the Ice Cream Factory and a water taxi boarding area in between.

Address: The Corner of Old Fulton and Water... More

We read about the famous line out the door and down the block, but didn't believe it until we saw it. It looked like a lot of young people waiting in the heat (not families or older couples). The pizza must be amazing, but we were surprised to see that the shop didn't sell pizza by the slice. There was an ice cream truck just to the right of... More

7. The Walk Back

After Grimaldi's, continue on Old Fulton Street to Prospect Street, which will take you on some busy streets and underneath a few expressway and bridge access ramps. Where Prospect crosses Washington, look for the staircase that leads back up to the bridge pedestrian walkway.

The walk back is nice, punctuated with great views of Manhattan. If you... More