The Famous Bridges of New York City

Of course you've heard of the Brooklyn Bridge, as it's one of the most famous bridges in the world. It spans the river from Manhattan to Brooklyn, and it's quite easy to cross on foot where you can see some great views of the New York skyline. However, there are plenty more bridges to check out and explore in New York while you're here. Some of them are perhaps more famous than others, but they all have a special story, a unique history, and are worth visiting for the views or the architecture. So, here are the best and most famous bridges in New York City.
Queensboro Bridge
Queensboro Bridge
The Queensboro Bridge crosses the East River connecting Manhattan to Queens. It is a very recognizable bridge with its distinct design and two levels. The bridge has vehicle traffic as well as a pedestrian path. It was completed in 1909 and it remains a popular attraction with tourists today.
Manhattan Bridge
Manhattan Bridge
The Manhattan Bridge connects Lower Manhattan and Canal Street to Downtown Brooklyn. It's a suspension bridge that's 6,855 ft long and crosses the East River. The bridge is also a lesser known spot where you can enjoy views of the city, looking out on either Chinatown or the Brooklyn Bridge.
Manhattan Bridge lower level, NYC, New York, 11201-1832
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Gapstow Bridge
Gapstow Bridge
One of many quaint bridges in Central Park, this one offers great views, nice pictures, or a romantic spot for a couple.
Central Park, New York City, New York, 10153
Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most famous landmarks in New York City. The bridge crosses the East River, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn. It was completed in 1883 and, with its arches and suspension cables, it was the world's first steel suspension bridge. The bridge offers impressive views of the city and many visitors enjoy biking or walking across the bridge.
NYC, New York, 10038
The High Line
This popular urban walking trail is located high above the city streets on an old rail line. It's a linear public park that has been lined with plants and trees that are particularly beautiful during the spring months. There are also benches and art work that give the trail a fascinating atmosphere. From the park there are impressive views of the city and access is available at various points along the route.
The High Line, NYC, New York, 100014
George Washington Bridge
The George Washington Bridge connects New Jersey to Manhattan, crossing over the Hudson River. This is a double-decker suspension bridge that's the busiest motor vehicle bridge in the world. It has two towers that are held by four main steel cables. There are 14 lanes for cars and two sidewalks on the upper level.
Williamsburg Bridge
Spanning the East River, the Williamsburg Bridge connects the Lower East Side of Manhattan to the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn. It was built between 1896 and 1903 and is made of steel towers and four steel cables. At the time of its completion, the Williamsburg Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world.

Today the bridge has 3 subway lines, a bike path, a walkway, and eight lanes of traffic that go across it. This is also a popular photography spot in the city.
Verrazano Narrows Bridge
The Verrazano Narrows Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the United States, measuring just over 2.5 miles in length. It crosses "The Narrows" and connects Staten Island to Brooklyn. This is a double-decker bridge that is named for the Italian explorer, Giovanni da Verrazzano.
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