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“Beautiful bridge with a great bike path underneath”

Verrazano Narrows Bridge
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Ranked #26 of 227 things to do in Brooklyn
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The second longest suspension bridge in the world has historic Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn on one end, and Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island on the other.
Reviewed July 29, 2013

So, the Verrazano Bridge is another of my favorites. You can only walk or bike over it once a year - either as a NY Marathon runner OR during the Five Boro Bike Ride. A great place to get a good look at it is from underneath. You can pull off the Belt Parkway just before Exit 2 into a little parking lot. From there you can access the biking and walking trail that goes under the bridge. You can walk down to the Pier at 69th Street in Bay Ridge or in the other direction which lands you by a Wendy's, Toys R Us, and Kohls. Many south Brooklyn residents come here for the fresh air, near constant breeze, and a place to walk, run, roller blade or bike with no car interference. There are a few food trucks from time to time in the parking lot under the bridge or down a ways off the Belt. Very few places to use the restroom except in the shopping mall area. Lovely at sunset!

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Reviewed July 24, 2013

I've been using this bridge for a daily commute for many years and is an engineering jewel. I did not like the fact that MTA that runs this bridge was contemplating to outsource bridge renovation to some Chinese company. G-d save America.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Bridge designs have changed but this bridge is still a world wonder. It's expensive, but one should go over it just for the view.

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Reviewed July 4, 2013

The Verrazano Bridge is a tremendous work. I sought it out via Staten Island and was amazed at it's size. I didn't have much time there - but there is a park surrounding the base and also includes coast guard and naval offices. Buses and taxis are not as readily available as those in Manhattan - so plan ahead.

Thank TreyPod
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

If you are visiting New York and have the opportunity to drive over the Verrazano as a passenger, I highly recommend it. The views are breathtaking as you are extremely high up in the air. This is the same bridge featured in the classic John Travolta film, "Saturday Night Fever." Its construction changed the face of New York City dramatically in ways that are hard to imagine now if you did not experience it directly. Journalist Gay Talese wrote about the the bridge in the aptly titled, The Bridge: The Building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge (1964). If you read the book and then experience the Verrazano, you will marvel at the people who designed and built this phenomenal architectural structure.

The tolls are very expensive, and for inexperienced city drivers, the approach and exit from the bridge can be truly horrifying -- it's basically a multi-lane free-for-all with other vehicles disregarding lanes and jockeying for the "right place" (I've driven the bridge many times, and each time I swear it will be my last). But, still, it is something to be experienced at least once in your life, especially if combined with a trip along the ever exciting Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE).

Make sure your vehicle is on the upper level for the best view. Also, just so you know, you cannot park your car on the bridge, nor can you walk or bicycle over to Staten Island. The bridge is a popular destination for suicides, so if you park your vehicle, most folks will assume you are planning to off yourself and call the police.

Thank Traveller2010NYC
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