The Brooklyn Bridge connects Downtown Brooklyn to lower Manhattan. The Brooklyn Bridge is a suspension bridge designed by John A. Roebling.
On this day, I crossed Brooklyn Bridge with a Boy Scout Troop. They are not pictured for privacy reasons.
We took the subway to Jay Street in Brooklyn and walked across the bridge into lower Manhattan.
Here we took a walking tour of lower Manhattan, viewing the major sights.
In Brooklyn there is MetroTech and several technical colleges.
On the Manhattan side are City Hall and related city government buildings, including the Municipal Building and The Board of Health and the financial district. Across from the courts and the Municipal Building is Foley Square and a statue “Triumph of the Human Spirit” which is a rendition of West African Chi Wara headdresses, overlooking the African Burial Ground.
The African Burial Ground which was uncovered during excavation for the Federal Building. Considerable time was spent in the African Burial Ground where we watched a film of the history of the burial grounds and viewed the exhibits. These are some of the many Adinkra Symbols etched in the memorial.
Etched in one of the panels is the outline of the African Burial Ground under the streets of Manhattan.
and the Federal Building.
On Water Street, near the Stock Exchange is The New York City Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
We also spent time at the World Trade Center Memorial. We were able to get tickets at the entrance and had about a 20 minute wait to get through security.
At the tip of Manhattan in Battery Park you can catch the Staten Island Ferry as well as ferries to Governor’s Island, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are currently closed due to damage sustained during Super Storm Sandy in October, 2012. Just north of Battery Park is the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House which houses the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian.
From here we caught the subway back home.
Length: 5,989 ft 1825 m
Width: 85 ft
Height: 276.5 ft above mean high water
Longest span: 1595 ft 486 m
Crosses: East River
Connects: Lower Manhattan to Downtown Brooklyn
Construction of The Brooklyn Bridge started in 1870 and was opened in 1883.
Carries: Cars, pedestrians and bicycles