Thus far into my urban exploration of New York City, I estimate I’ve walked somewhere around 1100 blocks. Along the way I’ve hit a number of storied landmarks: Central Park, Empire State Building, the old Whitney, the new Whitney, Grand Central Station, Washington Square Park, Chinatown, the Carnegie Deli to name just a few, as well as many of New York’s vast array of more than 2000 bridges and tunnels, including the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Manhattan Bridge.
Today I’m off to the Williamsburg Bridge with my compatriot Mr. Jim Coughlin on a hot and sunny day that seems perfect for yet another urban hike. The entrance to the bridge is located just a few hundred yards from the site of legendary club CBGB’s on Manhattan’s Bowery/Lower East Side. At the time it was built back in 1903 the Williamsburg Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world, an honor currently held by the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge in Japan.
The Williamsburg Bridge is 7308 feet long, a little less than 1.5 miles, across and affords views to the south and east of downtown Brooklyn, and north and west towards midtown Manhattan. Like the Manhattan Bridge, the Williamsburg bridge is adorned with all sorts of graffiti, retaining its essential gritty vibe, despite its pink paint job. All in all a fairly easy walk with only a moderate incline that provides periodic thrills in the form of surging subway trains. Come along, won’t you?
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