Life List #183: Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.
The one touristy thing I had on my New York to-do list was to take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. I was planning to go solo, but, when my friend Kristin told me that she’d never done it before either, we decided to meet up one afternoon for the trek across the East River.
We met on the Brooklyn side of the bridge (you can start and end on either side) and made our way to Manhattan, stopping to take photos of the scenery, the skyline, the river, the other walkers, and, of course, the bridge itself along the way.
It was a shorter walk than I’d imagined it would be. I somehow had it in my head that the Brooklyn Bridge walk was miles and miles and miles, that it would take hours, that is would take an entire afternoon, that is was an excursion. Instead, the expedition was over fairly quickly, and, before I knew it, we had reached Manhattan and the other end of the bridge.
The Brooklyn Bridge, after all, is not actually miles and miles and miles long. It’s only 1.3 miles (2.09 km), which, really, is nothing much when you think about it. I walk further to get to the grocery store. You can probably walk the whole length of it in 20, 25 minutes if you’re really in a hurry. But, for a tourist (or blogger) who is intent on stopping every few feet for photos, who is intent on taking it all in, an hour is a better estimate.
The walk was certainly quick, but it was a lovely walk all the same. It was a thing to be done, a think you should probably do at least once in your life, a bucket list item I was more than happy to complete.
“Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City” was number 183 on my life list.
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