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Williamsburg Bridge

Williamsburg Bridge, New York, NY 10002

The Williamsburg Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world when it opened in 1903, and the first with all-steel towers. The 310-foot steel towers support four cables, each measuring 18 inches in diameter and weighing 4,344 tons.

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  • "... like riding the train over the bridge as the sunsets. #gorgeous" (2 tips)
  • "... while viewing the East River. The bridge is 1.3 miles long, cross to the..." (5 tips)
  • "... be cool. Cross to the opposite path once halfway to switch the view." (2 tips)
  • HISTORY

    After completion in 1903, the Williamsburg Bridge set the record for the longest suspension bridge. The record was broken in 1924 when the Bear Mountain Bridge was completed.

    HISTORY · April 8, 2010
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  • City of New York

    The Williamsburg Bridge was the first bridge with all-steel towers. The 310-foot steel towers support four cables, each measuring 18 inches in diameter and weighing 4,344 tons!

    City of New York · February 15, 2012
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  • Garrett W.

    Use the bridge to cross the river. Works every time.

    Garrett W. · February 3, 2010
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  • City of New York

    Thanks for being one of the 238,500 people who use the Willy B every day!

    City of New York · February 15, 2012
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  • Crunch Gym

    We’ve all done the BK bridge, so it's time to step it up with a walk across this bridge. It’s steeper, so you’re gauranteed to feel the burn!

    Crunch Gym · October 28, 2010
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  • The New York Daily News

    PHOTO: Cops battle an unidentified youth on the bridge girders to prevent him from jumping in 1955, at the link! Read more

    The New York Daily News · April 8, 2011
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  • The New York Daily News

    PHOTO: It's a long way down... Iron Workers Local 361 climbing the bridge for renovation in 1995, at the link! Read more

    The New York Daily News · April 8, 2011
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  • The New York Daily News

    PHOTO: A less than ideal view on a foggy day in 1961 shows the bridge disappearing over the river. Pose for a re-shoot and send your new view to @nydailynews on Twitter! Read more

    The New York Daily News · April 8, 2011
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  • KEN R.

    Don't fall off

    KEN R. · June 17, 2010
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  • Matthew M.

    Enjoy the view!

    Matthew M. · February 4, 2010
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  • transiTALK Transportation Media Group

    If you aren't one of those lazy types, the walk across the Williamsburg Bridge is enjoyable and for the subway fans, it provides some good subway train watching as you walk across!

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  • Roger W.

    No matter how many times you've crossed, take a moment to enjoy the view.

    Roger W. · August 12, 2010
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  • Mike

    Cab drivers will groan when you point them in this direction.

    Mike · February 18, 2010
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  • Sonar ..

    It’s the furthest north of the 3 bridges that connect Brooklyn to Manhattan. Since 1903, the Bridge has connected more than just the boroughs. See how you’re connected to the people here. Read more

    Sonar .. · July 19, 2011
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  • Capt Awesome

    Pay attention to the art work and scenery off to the sides of the bridge

    Capt Awesome · May 22, 2010
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  • NYC DOT

    Thanks for being one of the 140,000 drivers, 92,000 transit riders, 6,000 bikers or 500 pedestrians who use the Willy B every day! If you’re one of the drivers, put your phone down.

    NYC DOT · December 23, 2011
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  • Amanda B.

    Taking the M train over the bridge promises great views & functioning cell service. Best commute.

    Amanda B. · February 4, 2012
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  • aface

    Bikes on the northside jews on the southside ... sabbat shalom

    aface · October 17, 2009
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  • Getteline R.

    Theres nothing like riding the train over the bridge as the sunsets. #gorgeous

    Getteline R. · December 19, 2011
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  • Katie D.

    Have you been seen? Check it out at acrossfromme.tumblr.com

    Katie D. · February 18, 2011
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  • Frank G.

    Watch ur back.....lol

    Frank G. · December 8, 2010
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  • Nick F.

    Walkers on the south side passageway only. Don't walk on the north side path or do and get clipped.

    Nick F. · October 5, 2010
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  • Genevieve A.

    Running or riding over the bridge looks easier than it is.... but I still love doing it.

    Genevieve A. · February 24, 2012
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  • CBM 

    Don't jump

    CBM  · October 18, 2011
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  • LawyerLocator.com

    Essex at Delancey is one of the deadliest intersections in Manhattan. Be very careful here!

    LawyerLocator.com · October 17, 2011
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  • cynthia w.

    Literally the only way to travel

    cynthia w. · October 1, 2010
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  • Capt Awesome

    Look out for the trolls

    Capt Awesome · May 15, 2010
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  • Ricardo T.

    Best at 6 am no traffic nice view.

    Ricardo T. · March 21, 2010
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  • Andrew M.

    This bridge connects manhattan to northern Brooklyn.

    Andrew M. · October 14, 2012
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  • Emily B.

    Watch out for douchey pedestrians who walk in the bike lane!

    Emily B. · December 2, 2011
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  • Maximo S.

    Great place to take walk

    Maximo S. · September 14, 2011
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  • Jarid M.

    get drunk in manhattan, walk across into brooklyn, get home, sleep, wake up, and have zero recollection of walking across the night before.

    Jarid M. · November 7, 2010
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  • Shaheem J.

    When you see "Idiot Mittens" you'll know you're there.

    Shaheem J. · August 7, 2010
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  • Brian H.

    Nice views of Brooklyn

    Brian H. · August 5, 2010
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  • Léna Le Rolland

    The view by night is breathtaking

    Léna Le Rolland · August 31, 2013
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  • Jessie T.

    About 20 minutes end-to-end for a nice paced walk

    Jessie T. · October 4, 2011
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  • Ben R.

    Take a break on your ride home, enjoy a beer, take in the views, and chat with your fellow cyclists.

    Ben R. · June 20, 2011
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  • Jill G.

    Fix the damn pot holes..

    Jill G. · May 27, 2011
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  • Sonny P. F.

    watch The Naked City (movie 1936)for some awesome scenes of the bridge and NYC in general...

    Sonny P. F. · June 14, 2010
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  • Nicole M.

    Try to avoid the smelly guy. You know the one. He usually mutters to himself as well.

    Nicole M. · March 30, 2010
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  • Matt H.

    One of my favorite views of the city at night. Here is my tip, make sure your cab driver NEVER chooses the inside lanes. They are always the slowest.

    Matt H. · February 13, 2010
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  • Matt S.

    Take after dark. Avoid bike lane.

    Matt S. · November 2, 2013
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  • The Corcoran Group

    Our favorite way to get across: taking the M train, where there's cell service and great views!

    The Corcoran Group · October 3, 2013
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  • Benny B.

    Not bad going into Manhattan, but always traffic on the BQE. And unless you're a hipster, you don't want to go to Williamsburg.

    Benny B. · July 23, 2013
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  • Theresa L.

    Beautiful bridge!! Beautiful view too

    Theresa L. · April 26, 2013
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  • Alexander R.

    Has its ups and downs. Also, a bit wet underneath.

    Alexander R. · February 27, 2013
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  • Libby T.

    Runners: If you're going from Williamsburg to Manhattan, enter on Bedford Ave. Take the left side over the bridge to avoid bike traffic. Vice versa if you're coming the opposite direction.

    Libby T. · June 21, 2012
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  • Regina W.

    Bike it or walk it.

    Regina W. · May 24, 2012
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  • Nick J.

    Forget the car or subway. Walk the bridge.

    Nick J. · April 7, 2012
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  • Oscar N.

    Barba ya, anteojos ya, creo que ya puedo ser vecino de esta zona!

    Oscar N. · August 31, 2013
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