Manhattan Bridge Walk - DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights

This bridge opened in 1909, and is one of the most busiest river crossings into Manhattan, carrying much commercial traffic and 4 subway lines.   Starting in Chinatown, after reaching the other side, discover the newly transformed DUMBO area, often seen in all sorts of media.   End in historic Brooklyn Heights....


NOTE: This walk involves about 4 miles of walking!



A little bit about the Bowery and Chinatown ...


  • Sordid history of the Bowery and later expansion of Chinatown north
  • Evolution and settlement 1840s
  • Citizens Savings Bank and Bowery Savings Bank buildings and why those landmarked bank buildings are so big


Bridge walk ...


  • “Hidden” Second Avenue subway tunnel under Confucius Plaza
  • History, construction, and some great views!
  • Evolution from a rapid transit structure to auto use
  • Decay, structural and subway problems, and renovation




  • How it got its name
  • Past industrial waterfront of Manhattan and Brooklyn
  • Empire Stores coffee warehouse and Jane’s Carousel
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park and Fulton Ferry - great views often seen in the media
  • Early ferries before the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Patsy’s Pizza story


Brooklyn Heights ...


  • History, Construction, Urban Lore
  • “City of Brooklyn” and its 6 towns pre-1898
  • Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims
  • Local brownstones and Federal style buildings
  • 70 Willow Street; Truman Capote and Breakfast At Tiffany's
  • 102 Pierrepoint Street; Arthur Miller
  • 62 Montague Street; Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe and Death Of A Salesman
  • Brooklyn Historical Society
  • Promenade and great views of Manhattan




TIP: Afterwards on your own, eat lunch in one of the many restaurants on Montague Street, head to Junior’s Restaurant, known for its famous cheesecake, head back to Paty’s Pizza or visit the New York Transit Museum on Schermerhorn Street.



















Google maps - approximate route ...





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Ian Spence [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons