Sunset Sunday – Walking the Brooklyn Bridge, New York

As a native New Yorker, I am often asked for recommendations, the “what to do, what to see” regarding my city. It’s not hard to rattle of a list of ‘to-dos’ about arguably one of the world’s most dynamic and exciting destinations so I oblige. Yet I don’t often write about them. I don’t want to keep them secret, in fact, the opposite, I look to encourage. I want visitors leaving the city seeing more than the guide-book top ten lists.sunset walk on the brooklyn bridge

A sunset doesn’t often make any of those lists for New York City, but walking the Brooklyn Bridge does. And just like good restaurants are better when you know what to order, walking the Brooklyn Bridge is better when you know how and when to walk it.

My advice is to take the subway from Manhattan to Brooklyn. You exit on the first stop in Brooklyn. (I select the A,C to High Street) Once in Brooklyn, you want to walk towards the view of the Manhattan skyline. You’d be surprised how man tourists do this backwards.

DUMBO, Brooklyn

And once in Brooklyn, you can really enjoy the resurgent DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) neighborhood. Here a coffee or cocktail in the many cafes can be just what you need before taking the walk at the proper time. A chance to fuel up and pass time before you walk across at sunset. Recently, I planned a meeting in Brooklyn that enabled me to do just that.

On the walk back to Manhattan, the orange sky seemed to warm me on the cool, crisp autumn afternoon. The views of the New York skyline and harbor sparkled. The city seemed to come alive. Yes, I missed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, and still can’t believe it’s almost ten years since that day, but a lady warmed me up.

I looked in to see the Statue of Liberty. That made the moment. To see her torch and the bright sky behind her reminded how special and welcoming my city truly is. Yes, indeed – I love NY.

Statue of Liberty at sunset from the Brooklyn Bridge in New York

in the distance her torch lights the sky...

Happy Sunset Sunday. Stay Adventurous, Craig

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  • http://flavors.me/alishainthebiz Alisha

    Glad you gave Brooklyn a chance! That walk is such a perfect opp for sunset photos. Great shot!

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      It really was, one of the best places to enjoy a sunset in NYC. Stay Sunset Loving, Craig

  • http://wendypgreene.blogspot.com/ wendy

    Enjoyed this post Craig.. have to say, have never walked the Brooklyn Bridge. And you’re right, we tend to not write about home, yet it’s usually the very place we can find some really good places to write about..

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Wendy, I am finally planning to do a little more NYC writing…. sometimes you need to take time away from it to learn what you appreciate most… Stay Loving NYC, Craig

  • http://snowpinksky.blogspot.com/ Olivia Martel

    Craig,
    I love this! I love adventures that are off the beaten path. I will have to do this one day since I love NYC so much.
    Talk soon,
    Liv

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Olivia, it is a must. simply a must. Stay NYC, Craig

  • http://www.destinationiran.com/articles Iran Travel Guide

    Craig, it must be interesting to discover what’s around you in the city where you live. There are certainly moments in the city of your residence when interesting events are going on. This is where a local guide or observer could tell others about it and add value.

    Thanks for the post and I appreciate it.

    Rahman Mehraby

    Destination Iran Travel & Tours

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com StayAdventurous

      Yes, I agree. The place where you lives offers much to see, learn, and enjoy too. When you come to NY – I’l show you around, and when I get to Iran you can return the favor.

      stay adventurous, Craig

  • http://mariesworld74.blogspot.com Marie Elena

    I love this post! Walking the Brooklyn Bridge has been on my to-do list for years (living here for 15!!). It’s now at the top of my list. And, yes — I would’ve done it backwards, so thanks for the tip! ~M

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Glad to see I can even help the locals…. Stay NYC, Craig

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