Manhattan Bridge

South Street and FDR Drive, New York City

The Manhattan Bridge is a suspension bridge that crosses the East River in New York City, 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). It is one of four toll-free bridges spanning the East River; the other three are the Queensboro, Williamsburg, and Brooklyn Bridges. The bridge opened to traffic on December 31, 1909. It was built by the The Phoenix Bridge Company and designed by Leon Moisseiff, and is noted for its innovative design. As the first suspension bridge to employ Josef Melan's deflection theory for the stiffening of its deck, it is considered to be the forerunner of modern suspension bridges, and this design served as the model for many of the long-span suspension bridges built in the first half of the twentieth century. The Manhattan Bridge was also the first suspension bridge to utilize a Warren truss in its design.
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  • Aakash Saravu Kukkemane

    - 21 August 2018 -

    One of the best views of Manhattan is seen from here (when you take the walk way from Manhattan side). Dumbo and 2 bridge area is where you can spot this beautiful bridge from close quarters. A must visit if you are in Manhattan and a MUSTT visit for photographers.

  • Robert T

    - 07 August 2018 -

    The Manhattan Bridge offers awesome views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the NYC skyline. We began our trip across the Manhattan Bridge as a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, which is also not to be missed. Once we arrived in Brooklyn, we contemplated turning around and retracing our steps, or perhaps catching a subway back to Manhattan, but ultimately decided to loop around to the Manhattan Bridge and return to Chinatown that way. While the Brooklyn Bridge was packed with tourists, the Manhattan Bridge was sparsely peopled. On the downside there are non-stop trains crossing the Manhattan, but it is worth it to get the awesome views. Good exercise, too.

  • Vidhyanshu Yaduvanshi

    - 20 July 2018 -

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  • Marek Němeček

    - 17 July 2018 -

    Stunning views from this bridge towards Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan. The only minus is the noise when trains pass around, which is every minute 😁 but the views are excellent 🙂

  • Jehuda Ish-Shalom

    - 15 July 2018 -

    I get to go on this bridge that goes over the East River both when I drive my car and when I go on the D subway. While the subway traveling on the bridge you can get cell phone connection for sufficient time to make a short phone call, send and receive text messages and get 4G internet connection. When I drive, getting on from the South is very easy but getting off on the Manhattan side and getting onto FDR to continue North is a challenging, even late at night. Brooklyn bridge is much easier but was closed in this direction in late night for repairs for a long time. Entrance to the Manhattan bridge looks very impressive on the Manhattan side. Highly recommend to see.

  • Keerthi Chandra P

    - 12 June 2018 -

    Where else than to get a good view of Manhattan than the Manhattan bridge? Must see for tourist and a good place to begin your NY adventure. I would recommend getting a walk across the bridge, maybe a subway ride, and catch one of those open top tourist buses after sunset, perfect!!

  • Sum Alv

    - 29 May 2018 -

    Very pretty bridge! Super close to the Brooklyn bridge which is right beside it. Kick-Ass view from both the Brooklyn side and manhattannn side. It has gotten me places multiple times as bridges should. 👍

  • Eric Roest

    - 26 May 2018 -

    My favourite bridge linking to Manhattan. This 108 year old (2018) suspension bridge is a forerunner of modern suspension bridges and a great example of superstructure engineering in the early 1900’s and is rightfully listed as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

  • James De Franco

    - 09 May 2018 -

    The Manhattan Bridge is one of the most architecturally beautiful structures in the NYC area. The view from Washington Street in DUMBO is unbeatable and one of the most picturesque scenes of this bridge. You can also walk or bike over it which is a plus.

  • Samuel Schneider

    - 06 May 2018 -

    We walked the Manhattan Bridge to Brooklyn and then Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan. The Manhattan Bridge can be scary for those afraid of heights and the ground you walk on shaking. The metro is passing by on the left and the water is far below you on your right. If you're afraid of heights then there is nothing to worry about walking the Brooklyn Bridge. You walk in the center of the bridge on a secure wood path that has a walking lane and bike lane. The views you get of Manhattan are amazing and the experience is well worth the walk.

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