Walk from Brooklyn to Manhattan   Leave a comment

From Times Square, we get the Downtown loop to connect with the Brooklyn loop of the All Around Town Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and head over the Manhattan Bridge into Dumbo. Such a cool name for this area near the bridge but it’s actually an acronym: District Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass – DUMBO. We pass through the upper middle class area of Brooklyn Heights with its picturesque row houses and mansions and then along Atlantic Ave (you remember, from Monopoly?). Barclays Center is where, just last night, the building and streets were jumping with the sounds and stars of the MTV Video Awards. Around Prospect Park and through Flatbush brings us to the Brooklyn Public Library and Grand Army Plaza. It’s structure reminds me of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris but it honours the dead of the Civil War and also has a bust of John F. Kennedy, recently restored and replaced at the plaza.

Its a super hot day but we decide to walk back to Manhattan via the magnificent Brooklyn Bridge. We exit the bus at Flatbush and Dekalb and, after a quick stop at Macy’s, walk along Adams Street. The bridge is currently under some construction but we still get fabulous views of its quasi gothic structure and spider-web of cables. The walk across is only about 25 mins and that’s with multiple stops to admire the view and snap photos. There are no cars because the traffic flows beneath us but watch out for cyclists. There are many on the pedestrian level so be aware. It is absolutely worth the view and the experience so, if you’re in New York, take the time to walk the bridge.


City Hall Park in Manhattan is just a few minutes from the end of the bridge and houses a collection of stark white marble whimsical figures, some with bronze accents. Known as Olaf Breuning’s The Humans and standing in a circle, they seem so sad, almost embarrassed (probably because they are naked!), like they just want to run away and play. We hang out here for a while and then head to Oliva Gourmet for a break.

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Posted September 8, 2013 by Jaclyn in Architecture, Holidays, New York

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