… continuation from Day 3
Day 4 : Sunday
Even though I had partied last night, I had to make the most of my last day in the Big Apple. I negotiated an extra 15 minutes sleep with my friends haha! before meeting them down in the hotel lobby. I grabbed some hotel coffee to go because we all decided to have a real American brunch for our last day here.
We were super lucky because our last day had gorgeous weather with a beautiful sun. We thought what better way to take advantage of that then take a walk on Brooklyn Bridge? We took the subway to the bridge.
The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge and is one of the oldest bridges of either type in the United States.
It was completed in 1883. It connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River. It has a main span of 1,595.5 feet (486.3 m), and was the first steel-wire suspension bridge constructed. You can admire the sweeping views of Manhattan from a unique perspective.
I thought I might be scared of the heights while walking on the pedestrian walkway but it’s not really possible (unless it’s a phobia) because the pedestrian walkway is above the six lanes of roadway, so you don’t see the void beneath your feet and it’s actually a very pleasant walk.
The bridge originally carried horse-drawn and rail traffic, with a separate elevated walkway along the centerline for pedestrians and bicycles.
We were told to be careful as it’s quite a walk and once you start on one end you end up having to go all the way and then if you’re tired it’s not fun to have to go back. But we decided to use it for its intended purpose which is getting to the other side haha! We wanted to explore Brooklyn for our last day.
The towers are built of limstone, granite, and Rosendale cement. The granite blocks were quarried and shaped on Vinalhaven Island, Maine. You really feel tiny when you look up from underneath the towers!
The bridge’s cable arrangement forms a distinctive weblike pattern.
A lot of people were out for a stroll including bikers. It was almost a little crowded up on the bridge !
The views are stunning, I couldn’t recommend this visit more, it’s a must-see.
We got off the bridge and entered Brooklyn. Brooklyn is the most populous of NYC’s five boroughs, with around 2,621,793 people. It is geographically adjacent to the borough of Queens (where I partied the night before if you check my previous post) at the western end of Long Island.
It continues, however, to maintain a distinct culture, as befitting the former second or third largest city in America during the later 19th century. Many Brooklyn neighborhoods are dominated by particular ethnic and nationality groups and cultures. Brooklyn’s official motto is Eendraght Maeckt Maght, which translates from early modern Dutch to “In unity, there is strenght”. The motto is displayed on the Borough seal and flag. Brooklyn’s official colors are blue and gold.
Metrotech is the neighborhood right next to the bridge. It is the nation’s largest urban academic-industrial research park. Occupants of this area include JPMorgan Chase, New York City Fire Department, Bear Stearns, Keyspan Energy (now National Grid), Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, New York City College of Technology and NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering.
We walked around for a bit but our stomachs reminded us they were empty. We decided to head down to Dumbo to find a place for our brunch.
Short for “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass”, Dumbo is a neighborhood in the NYC borough of Brooklyn. It encompasses two sections: one located between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, and another that continues east from the Manhattan Bridge to the Vinegar Hill area.
The area has emerged as one of New York City’s premier arts districts, with a cluster of for-profit art galleries such as the Klompching Gallery and such not-for-profit institutions as the St. Ann’s Warehouse and the A.I.R. Gallery. But we didn’t have the time to visit any art galleries. Maybe they are closed on a Sunday ?
We found this cute restaurant while wandering down the streets of Dumbo. It is quite small and quaint with high ceilings but with a warm and relaxed atmosphere. It was Italian trattoria The place was full a sure sign it is good, and we had to chat the waiters into letting us eat from the bar. We asked some patrons to scoot over and were able to squeeze in.
We sampled a variety of their Brunch menu which is well trafficked.
Egg In A Cloud $12
Baked Egg Yolk Floating on Whipped Egg Whites, Fontina Cheese, Smoked Ham, Toasted Brioche, Served with Sautéed Spinach
Homemade Pancakes $10
with Fresh Berries and Maple Syrup
Frittata of the Day $10
Served with Farm Greens and Toast
The Almar Breakfast Sandwich $10
Scrambled Farm Eggs with Chives, Cheddar Cheese, Bacon, Avocado and Tomato on Brioche Bun
The food was very good and I had a Bloody Mary with it! Kind of to keep up with the party vibe of the night before hehe!
The waiter was real sweet (and cute) and since the kitchen took a while to fulfill our order, I didn’t have to pay for my drink ! After eating we wandered in a couple shops and had fun discovering the sights.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
We went to Brooklyn Bridge Park and had a stroll.
Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85-acre (34 ha) park on the Brooklyn side of the East River. The park has revitalized 1.3-mile (2.1 km) of Brooklyn’s post-industrial waterfront from Atlantic Avenue in the south. The site includes Brooklyn Piers 1-6, the historic Fulton Ferry Landing.
There were quite a few people and even a Chinese bride getting her wedding pictures done ! We got to admire Manhattan Bridge from the park.
Two Civil-War era structures, the Tobacco Warehouse and Empire Stores, are also located on the site.
There were restorations to the site and Jane’s Carousel now can be admired again.
From Brooklyn Bridge Park we had seen the Manhattan Bridge. The Manhattan Bridge is a suspension bridge that crosses the East River, connecting Lower Manhattan at Canal Street with Downtown Brooklyn at the Flatbush Avenue Extension. The main span is 1,470 ft (448 m) long, with the suspension cables being 3,224 ft (983 m) long. The bridge’s total length is 6,855 ft (2,089 m). This is one of four toll-free bridges spanning the East River; the other three are the Queensboro, Brooklyn, and Williamsburg Bridges.
It opened in 1909. But it looks pretty modern to my untrained eye.
Back to the hotel and off to Newark sniff!
Sadly all good things come to an end and it was time to head back to the hotel to get on our shuttle to Newark. Since we had made the most of our time in Brooklyn (could be our motto for the whole trip!) we didn’t have time to take the public transportation back to our hotel and just cabbed it back. The cabbie crossed over to Manhattan using the Manhattan bridge, so we were lucky enough to have been on both the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan bridge after admiring both.
Just like Brooklyn Bridge this one also has different levels. It carries 7 lanes of roadway, 4 tracks of the B DN Q trains of the New York City Subway, as well as a walkway for pedestrians, and bicycles.
Here a few quick shots taken from the cab window :
In 1910, a year after the bridge opened, the architectural firm Carrère and Hastings drew up preliminary plans for an elaborate grand entry to the bridge on the Manhattan side, as part of the “City Beautiful” movement.
Here are the pics of the Triumphal arch and colonnade at the Manhattan entrance.
The cab made great time to the hotel and we got there early. We were feeling peckish and decided to have a little snack in a Texan restaurant :
After that refreshing and nostalgic break (my grandfather is from Texas btw) we finally got on our shuttle and headed out for Newark.
All in all it was a fun and cultural filled experience chock full of amazing vistas, great moments with family and friends and wonderful food. If you’ve never been to NYC I hope this has given you an inkling of what to expect and made you want to go and discover for yourself this wonderful city.
Happy and safe travels my friends ! Where are you off to next?
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