Sunrise at the Brooklyn Bridge: The perfect sunrise in New York!


I really don’t know why wearing headphones isn’t allowed on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. Probably it’s because listening to music is too distracting, the strip for pedestrian is very narrow and on the bike lane next to it people run so fast with their bikes as if they were training for the next Tour de France. Just a piece of advice: Don’t dare to walk on the bike lane, you will regret it immediately. But actually, the view from the Brooklyn Bridge itself is much more distracting than any headphone could ever be! And if you go on the Brooklyn Bridge at sunrise, you will experience the most magical sunrise in New York, when walking from Brooklyn towards the amazing skyline of Manhattan! Plus: The Brooklyn Bridge is completely empty!

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Where to watch the sunrise in New York City?

On the flight to New York, someone told me that the sunrise on the Brooklyn Bridge is spectacular. And so I had a plan for my short visit to New York: Getting up early, being on top of the Brooklyn Bridge right on time to watch the sunrise and then listening to the super-extended version of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” or alternatively “Empire State of Mind” from Alicia Keys on my phone. Just to get into the ultimate New York City mood.Well, so much for the music then – policemen were around everywhere, even that early, and I decided, that it wouldn’t be that much to be arrested just because of some headphones (or whatever it would happen if I got caught… you never know.) .

New York sunrise: Enjoying Manhattan’s skyline from the Brooklyn Bridge

But who needs a soundtrack anyway when you have this magical view over the Skyline of Manhattan? This is as New York as it can get. First, these massive , iconic stone pillars of the Brooklyn Bridge itself. Then the fascinating construction of steel cable holding the bridge. Below, on another floor the roaring traffic of a megapolis like New York City. Far away on Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty. And the closer you get to Manhattan, the best view on the skyline of Manhattan is rising just in front of you. Including the One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and everything else screaming “New York, New York” right into your face. Until your heart skips a beat because of all this magnificent beauty. Ah – and on top: the most amazing sunrise ever.

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Facts on the Brooklyn Bridge sunrise: A bit of history

As a matter of fact, the Brooklyn Bridge was built over 150 years ago by a German immigrant. After a lot of complications and tragic accidents, the Brooklyn Bridge became what it is today: one of the most iconic landmarks of New York City. It’s an attraction for everyone: Whether you are looking for a romantic spot as a couple, if you are on a family vacation or if you are into sports and want to enjoy one of the most popular running tracks in New York City – don’t miss a visit on the Brooklyn Bridge when you are in New York.

If you are a history geek, here are some books with some more in-depth information on this life-changing landmark of New York City:

The Bridge: How the Roeblings connected Brooklyn to New York

Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, the Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge

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Do you want to read more about New York? I’ve been there several times and wrote even more articles on this magnificent city!

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