The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the symbols of New York. Completed in 1883, it provides a walkway for pedestrians above and throughway for cars below, and is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. At 1,825 metres long and 84 metres high, the bridge connects the southern districts of Manhattan to Brooklyn by spanning the East River. Crossing the famous bridge presents you with one of the best views of Manhattan. Though it is away from the most frequented pedestrian areas of the city, it is worth crossing the bridge on foot or by bike. Walkers have a reserved lane, above the cars, so you can look as closely as you like at the imposing steel cables above and to feel your soles vibrating due to the passing of the yellow cabs below. Crossing early in the morning or at sunset will give you a great view of the skyline of the Financial District and the glowing city. This is also the best time to trade in the excitement of Manhattan for the more relaxed atmosphere of Brooklyn. Make the most of the opportunity to discover the best of Brooklyn in Brooklyn Heights and the Brooklyn Bridge Park just off the end of the bridge, or, if you have good walking shoes, by descending Smith Street and exploring “BoCoCa”, short for the neighbourhoods of Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, and Carroll Gardens.