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Manhattan Bridge

Recognizable from numerous movies, and an essential piece of the New York skyline, this bridge is much more than a mere point of crossing.

Whether you begin in Brooklyn or Manhattan, crossing the Manhattan Bridge is always an impressive sight. During the day, the unmistakable New York City skyline gleams with skyscrapers. Even late at night, the stretch of lights in both directions reminds you why New York is called “the city that never sleeps.” Cross this bridge for its magnificent views, and remember to get your own picture of the scene found on many postcards.

Completed in 1910, the Manhattan Bridge is one of three iconic bridges that crosses the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn. It was the first to employ several technologies now standard in the construction of long-span bridges. Marvel at this feat of engineering that has become a classic part of the New York skyline.

Traverse the bridge on foot, on bike, in a car or on a train. Crossing on foot will allow you the chance to pick a spot and take a photograph. Many people also use the bridge for their runs. Rise early and take the F train to York Street in Brooklyn or the 6 to Canal Street. Enjoy the brilliant sunrise over Brooklyn.

If you are in a hurry, a less expensive option than driving or taking a cab is to take a train across the bridge. Make sure you get a seat next to a south-facing window, looking out on the Statue of Liberty and Downtown. To enjoy this view if you are coming from Manhattan, sit on the right side. If you are coming from Brooklyn you want to be on the left.

Something that you can only see on foot or in a car, however, is the grand colonnade that marks the front of the island entrance to the Manhattan Bridge. Appreciate the Charles Rumsey frieze spanning the arch and see why this part of the bridge has been designated a New York City landmark.

Popular Activities at Manhattan Bridge

Get the most out of your visit to Manhattan Bridge. Here's a list of the most popular things to do:

Waited eons to make it to this popular attraction? Then you mustn't head back home without trying a Ride the Bridges.

For even more activities, take a look at our New York things to do page.


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Blue Moon Boutique Hotel CA $219
Blue Moon Boutique Hotel

Blue Moon Boutique Hotel

100 Orchard St, New York, NY
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Lower East Side, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of New York University, 5th Avenue, and Washington Square Park. Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Brooklyn Bridge are also within 2 mi (3 km). Delancey St. Station and Essex St. Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    Canal Loft Hotel CA $131
    Canal Loft Hotel

    Canal Loft Hotel

    94 Canal Street, New York, NY
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Brooklyn Bridge, and National September 11 Memorial. New York University and New York Stock Exchange are also within 2 mi (3 km). E Broadway Station and Grand St. Station (Chrystie St.) are within a 5-minute walk.

      PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel CA $311
      PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel

      PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel

      215 Chrystie St, New York, NY
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Bowery, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of New York University, 5th Avenue, and Washington Square Park. Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Brooklyn Bridge are also within 2 mi (3 km). 2 Av. Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bowery St. Station is 5 minutes.

        citizenM New York Bowery CA $224
        citizenM New York Bowery

        citizenM New York Bowery

        189 Bowery, New York, NY
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Bowery, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Washington Square Park and Union Square Park. Brooklyn Bridge and New York Stock Exchange are also within 2 mi (3 km). Bowery St. Station is only a 2-minute walk and Grand St. Station (Chrystie St.) is 4 minutes.

          Arlo SoHo CA $166
          Arlo SoHo

          Arlo SoHo

          231 Hudson Street, New York, NY
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Hudson Square, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of New York University, One World Trade Center, and National September 11 Memorial. Federal Reserve Bank of New York is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away. Canal St. Station (Varick St.) is only a 2-minute walk and Canal St. Station (W. Broadway) is 6 minutes.

            The Hotel 91 CA $200
            The Hotel 91

            The Hotel 91

            91 E Broadway, New York, NY
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Chinatown, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Brooklyn Bridge, and National September 11 Memorial. One World Trade Center and New York Stock Exchange are also within 1 mi (2 km). E Broadway Station is only a 4-minute walk and Grand St. Station (Chrystie St.) is 8 minutes.

              Hotel 50 Bowery NYC CA $221
              Hotel 50 Bowery NYC

              Hotel 50 Bowery NYC

              50 Bowery, East Village, New York, NY
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Chinatown, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Brooklyn Bridge, and New York Stock Exchange. New York University is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away. Grand St. Station (Chrystie St.) is 5 minutes by foot and Canal St. Station (Lafayette St.) is 6 minutes.

                Madison LES Hotel CA $158
                Madison LES Hotel

                Madison LES Hotel

                154 Madison Street, New York, NY
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Two Bridges, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Empire State Building and within 6 mi (10 km) of Broadway and Central Park. Rockefeller Center and Bloomingdale's are also within 6 mi (10 km). E Broadway Station is only a 4-minute walk and Grand St. Station (Chrystie St.) is 10 minutes.