Williamsburg Bridge Walk

When opened in 1903, this bridge connected 2 working class immigrant neighborhoods on each side, and now connects of the trendiest and gentrified areas of the city ...

NOTE: This walk involves about 4 miles of walking!



Lower East Side and its Jewish heritage


  • Its evolution over time, similar to the East Village
  • Essex Street Retail Market and pushcarts of the past
  • Orchard Street - retail and Tenement Museum
  • Kossar's Bialys (Grand St.) and Bialystok, Poland
  • Pickle Guys - 49 Essex St.
  • Blue Condominium - 105 Norfolk Street
  • Northward expansion of Chinatown
  • Jewish Daily Forward Building
  • Loew’s Canal Street Theater
  • The ‘Lowline’ under Essex and Delancy Streets
  • Essex Street Retail Market and pushcarts of the past


Walk across bridge into Williamsburgh, Brooklyn


  • History of the bridge as a followup to the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Original configuration of mass transit
  • Decay, proposed demolition, 1980s structural problems and renovations


Williamsburgh, Brooklyn


  • Hasidic Jewish south side and the Satmars
  • Landmarked Bank Buildings - Williamsburgh Savings and Dime, and the reasons for  earlier ‘classical’ bank buildings
  • Peter Luger’s steakhouse
  • Domino Sugar Refinery redevelopment
  • Essex Street Retail Market and pushcarts of the past
  • East River State Park
  • Gentrification of North Williamsburgh


Also worth mentioning ...





NOTE: On this walk please bring a METROCARD, either an unlimited ride pass or with at least 1 fare since we MAY be using the bus for a short distance in Brooklyn.    After the walk, visit one of the many nearby restaurants in North Williamsburg and return to Manhattan on the “L” train.



























Google maps - approximate route ...





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