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Brooklyn Bridge Park and Carousel

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Brooklyn Bridge Park and Carousel, New York City New York

Description

The vistas from the Brooklyn Bridge Park, especially the Empire-Fulton Ferry Park section on the east side of the bridge, are almost surreal. Here you can stand with the Brooklyn Bridge to your left and the Manhattan Bridge to your right, and see the Manhattan skyline across the river. A 1920s carousel sits right in between these bridges, with glass all around for maximum views. What a place! 

Stroll along the boardwalk beside the river and on the greenway at the adjacent park on the west side of the Brooklyn Bridge.
The Brooklyn Bridge, a gigantic suspension bridge, was completed in 1883 after fourteen years of construction. You can walk or bike ride the entire bridge on an upper level (a 30 min, 1.5 mile walk), and end up at City Hall in Manhattan, just a few blocks from the National September 11 Memorial. From the bridge you'll have amazing views of the web of cables, huge stone pylons, and behind them, the Manhattan skyline. 
While in Brooklyn, if you're hungry, try the tasty brick-oven pizzas at famous Grimaldi's- come early because there's a long line. For a treat, grab a creamy, natural icecream at Brooklyn Icecream Factory, which is in a restored fireboat house with great views (you can see the fireboat house from the bridge as you walk along). Ignazio's Pizza has an excellent view from directly under the bridge- the pizza is good, but not really for the price (cash only).
It must really be incredible in this area at night, with the bridges lit up. I would like to come back again! This is quite an industrial area, but nonetheless, it is beautiful.

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Jane's Carousel, with the Brooklyn Bridge behind.
Jane's Carousel, with the Brooklyn Bridge behind.
The Manhattan Bridge, which was completed in 1909.
The Manhattan Bridge, which was completed in 1909.
The antique carousel.
The antique carousel.
The Brooklyn Bridge up above.
The Brooklyn Bridge up above.
Puppy love on the promenade beside the river, near the carousel.
Puppy love on the promenade beside the river, near the carousel.
View of the Brooklyn Bridge from the promenade at Empire-Fulton Ferry Park (where the carousel is located).
View of the Brooklyn Bridge from the promenade at Empire-Fulton Ferry Park (where the carousel is located).
The Brooklyn Bridge towering way above a grassy slope.
The Brooklyn Bridge towering way above a grassy slope.
A carousel with views!
A carousel with views!
People stop to chat and enjoy the vistas.
People stop to chat and enjoy the vistas.
On the other side of the carousel, the Manhattan Bridge.
On the other side of the carousel, the Manhattan Bridge.
The anticipation at the sight of a carousel!
The anticipation at the sight of a carousel!
The walkway down from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade to Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The walkway down from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade to Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Skyline, as seen from the walkway that starts at Squibb Park, at the water's end of Middagh Street.
The Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Skyline, as seen from the walkway that starts at Squibb Park, at the water's end of Middagh Street.
A jogger enjoys the views on the pedestrian bridge down to Brooklyn Bridge Park from Squibb Park.
A jogger enjoys the views on the pedestrian bridge down to Brooklyn Bridge Park from Squibb Park.
The Statue of Liberty, as seen from Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The Statue of Liberty, as seen from Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Brooklyn Icecream Factory, in the old firehouse under the Brooklyn Bridge.
Brooklyn Icecream Factory, in the old firehouse under the Brooklyn Bridge.
The River Cafe sits below the Brooklyn Bridge, as seen in the autumn.
The River Cafe sits below the Brooklyn Bridge, as seen in the autumn.
Nature path in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Nature path in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Middagh Street in Brooklyn.
Middagh Street in Brooklyn.
A street in Brooklyn.
A street in Brooklyn.
Pretty street in Brooklyn.
Pretty street in Brooklyn.
Walkway on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Walkway on the Brooklyn Bridge.
   

Directions

It is easy to catch the subway to Brooklyn. You can take the A or C line to High Street, then walk towards the water on Middagh Street to Squibb Park, and then take the long pedestrain walkway down to the park. Here are some other subway line options and walking directions. 
Jane's Carousel in Empire-Fulton Ferry Park is open Thurs-Sun 11-6 (Oct-mid-May) and daily except closed onTuesdays 11-7 (mid-May to Sept). Tickets are $2 and you only buy one for adult with child under 42" tall. The carousel is accessed via Dock St, Brooklyn NY 11201 (follow Dock St to the water). 
Grimaldi's Pizza, 19 Old Fulton Street, call (718) 858-4300.
Brooklyn Icecream Factory, 2 Old Fulton Street, call (718) 246-3963.
Ignazio's Pizza, 4 Water St, Brooklyn NY 11201, call (718) 522-2100.

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Last Updated Sun, 15 Dec 2013 16:21:01 GMT