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Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge

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Roosevelt Island, New York
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    Jeffrey R.
    "free without traffic and enjoy the view of Roosevelt island!"(16 Tips)
    King T.
    "... traffic or take the upper level so you can jump off norther blvd faster"(5 Tips)
    Richard L.
    "aka the 59th Street Bridge"(5 Tips)
    Gwendolyn M.
    "Beautiful views of Manhattan...especially the Freedom Tower😎"(16 Tips)
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  • City of New York
    City of New YorkAugust 8, 2013
    Originally named the Blackwell’s Island Bridge, the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge opened to traffic in 1909 and is the longest of the East River Bridges.
  • Rod M.
    Rod M.April 15, 2012
    You can only walk over the north side of the bridge. Gives you a good view of the tram and Roosevelt Island, but not so much of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Been crossing for years though...always nice.
  • f
    fOctober 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Brooklyn Bridge is iconic but Queensboro is just as amazing with its panaramic views of Midtown Manhattan. Check it out at night time- spectacular!
    Upvoted Dec 20, 2023
  • Nicholas M.heart icon on user image
    Nicholas M.May 29, 2018
    View of city and LIC. Walkway great for run or bike.
  • Wladimir C.heart icon on user image
    Such a nice view! Love Manhattan ❤️
  • Gordon M.
    Gordon MeiAugust 5, 2014
    There's a single outer driving lane on the south side of the bridge, with East River views unobstructed by the bridge's truss structure. Enter eastbound at 59th St and 1st Av.
  • Tom D.heart icon on user image
    Tom DiMaggioDecember 5, 2018
    Been here 100+ times
    Steep inclines if you are riding your bike in, but gorgeous views and an easy ride down.
  • Bo
    BoNovember 21, 2021
    Been here 100+ times
    “The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.” —— F.Scott Fitzgerald
  • nycHealthy
    nycHealthyAugust 3, 2012
    Make NYC Your Gym on your lunch hour by visiting the Queensboro Bridge! Take a brisk 0.7 mi walk for some mid-day physical activity. More on Making NYC Your Gym: http://on.nyc.gov/T6Gc9J
  • Compass
    CompassMay 15, 2014
    This double-decker pathway (also known as the 59th Street Bridge) is a popular biking and running loop for athletes based on either side of the East River.
  • Courtney K.heart icon on user image
    Courtney KleinDecember 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    This is a bridge. It does what it's meant to do quite well.
  • Jeffrey R.
    Jeffrey RNovember 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Great way to get across the river for free without traffic and enjoy the view of Roosevelt island!
  • Jesse S.
    Jesse SpectorMarch 25, 2010
    You can see a subway train with eye level at the tracks on the Queens side. Only other way to do that is get run over.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupOctober 11, 2013
    Our preferred way to get in and out of Manhattan to Queens, especially by bike!
  • King T.heart icon on user image
    King TrybeApril 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Take the outer lower level you don't have to worry about traffic or take the upper level so you can jump off norther blvd faster
  • Juan R.heart icon on user image
    Juan RestrepoMarch 30, 2018
    They say you haven’t seen New York until you’ve seen it from the Queensboro Bridge. Decide for yourself
  • General J.
    General JoswunMay 23, 2013
    I'm not big on historic structures being renamed, but this renaming was very appropriate... Rest In Peace Mr. New York
  • Gregory S.heart icon on user image
    Gregory SegarraOctober 29, 2013
    Use the lower ramp it is very busy on top
  • Jhon C.
    Jhon CarmonaOctober 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If your going to manhattan in the morning you could HOV to manhattan via the upper level. Open from 6am-9:30 Monday Thur Friday. But only for more than two people in the car.
  • Morey K.
    Morey KuninJuly 5, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    When you're on the bike path and the subway is just coming up next to you like a great white whale, be sure to shout, "THARR SHE BLOWS!!!" at the top of your lungs.
  • Chet M.heart icon on user image
    Chet ManciniOctober 18, 2015
    Equal bikes and pedestrians. Stay in the right lane.
  • The New York Daily News
    The New York Daily NewsNovember 3, 2011
    PHOTO: Elite men run through the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge towards the 16 mile mark and Manhattan during the 2007 New York Marathon. Photo at the link! Read more
  • Mike Bloomberg
    Mike BloombergFebruary 1, 2013
    Ed Koch's spirit will live on at City Hall, on the bridge that bears his name, and all across the five boroughs: http://bit.ly/Xc6Uxd
  • Kimmie O.heart icon on user image
    Kimmie OhhMay 9, 2020
    Been here 10+ times
    Nice views of LIC, Roosevelt Island & the East side of the city from here.
  • Netsirkheart icon on user image
    NetsirkNovember 4, 2017
    Great way to add some mileage on foot or on bike.
  • Tabitha J.heart icon on user image
    Tabitha JohnsonAugust 11, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Strangely gets bottled up exiting on the Manhattan side. Avoided the annoyance and take a right on 62nd even if you are going West.
  • Fanny G.heart icon on user image
    Fanny GMarch 2, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    No toll bridge to my house! And I love the running path! Great hill!
  • Andrew F.heart icon on user image
    Andrew FurmanAugust 30, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The bike path is long, good workout tho.
  • NYC DOT
    NYC DOTDecember 23, 2011
    Biking or driving over the bridge? Put down the phone! There are new protected bicycle lanes in Queens Plaza – try them out and see what you think!
  • Mihir Y P B.
    Mihir Y P BuzzedSeptember 11, 2013
    Early morning traffic and after work travel fastest way - ride between cars - drivers will move
  • Dmitriy S.
    Dmitriy SNovember 6, 2011
    Take the upper level from Manhattan and the first exit in Queens for the quickest access to LIC.
  • TheMobileBroker
    TheMobileBrokerMarch 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Welcome to the Big Apple! Consider adding Harlem on your list of places to visit while you're here. You'll be glad you did!
  • Richard L.
    Richard LowryMay 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, also known as the 59th Street Bridge is a cantilever bridge over the East River that was completed in 1909.
  • Maria P.heart icon on user image
    Maria PflugradtMay 29, 2017
    I loved this bridge. The river below looked lovely.
  • City of New York
    City of New YorkDecember 26, 2012
    There are new protected bicycle lanes in Queens Plaza – try them out and see what you think!
  • Gwendolyn M.heart icon on user image
    Gwendolyn MayoMay 28, 2019
    Been here 100+ times
    Beautiful views of Manhattan...especially the Freedom Tower😎
  • Nick V.heart icon on user image
    Nick VelizJanuary 11, 2017
    One of favorite cause I use it almost everyday.
  • __TR3V
    __TR3VMay 19, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    This bridge is hit or miss, but hey.. It's free. Always the lower level
  • J Geoff M.
    J Geoff Malta 🍸April 28, 2017
    AKA The 59th St Bridge, where Sollozzo was taking Michael "to Jersey" in The Godfather
  • Cynthia D.
    Cynthia DrescherMarch 26, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    For first-time pedestrians on the bridge: the path is only on the north side of the bridge, and walkers stay to the left lane and cyclists to the right
  • Faryan A.heart icon on user image
    Faryan AOctober 23, 2016
    It reliably transports me across a strait of saltwater.
  • Tiffany
    TiffanyJune 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Lower level outer road now closed after 9pm. 😢
  • Charlie F.
    Charlie FantauzziJune 18, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Take the upper road and check out the Traffic cop! She's very entertaining !
  • Jorge T.
    Jorge TorresAugust 29, 2011
    Upper roadway is the best way into and out of Manhattan from western Queens.
  • Ben R.
    Ben RNovember 16, 2009
    Been here 100+ times
    This is the best East River bridge to bike over! Bike traffic is usually light, and the views are great.
  • Michelle
    MichelleSeptember 21, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    I'd you're going towards queens at night, look left. You can sometimes see planes coming in to land.
  • justinstoned
    justinstonedJuly 30, 2011
    Despite it's name great view of NYC. Waych the road though!
  • Freshheart icon on user image
    FreshJune 29, 2018
    Nice views
  • Maria P.heart icon on user image
    Maria PflugradtJune 16, 2017
    I thought it was really nice to drive over.
  • Glenn G.
    Glenn GentzkeOctober 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're on 4sq here it's a bummer. Sorry.
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