Welcome to the A-Z Guidebook Link Up where bloggers from around the world can share a picture and story about a place that relates to each letter in the alphabet. It could be a city, a country, a street or an icon. It could be anywhere. If you would like to join, read the A-Z Guidebook tab at the top of the blog and write a travel post relating to the letter of the month.
Thanks to all the bloggers who joined in last month for the innaugral A-Z Guidebook. I certainly learned that there’s a lot of places I’ve never heard of, let alone been to! This month:
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The first time I went to New York City, we didn’t visit the Brooklyn Bridge. I’m not sure why. Maybe it just didn’t occur to us. That was in 2004 and in the ensuing 10 years when we next visited in the autumn of 2014, a lot had changed. A new World Trade Center was completed, The Statue of Liberty re-opened after a 8 year hiatus, the High Line had opened, Gus’ Pickles closed, Williamsburg had been hipsterfied and Brooklyn was gentrified.
Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge has always been ‘a thing’ but now it’s really a thing as that’s how you get to the cool neighbourhoods across the East River. Designed for both vehicle and pedestrian traffic, the bridge opened in 1883 with over 150 000 people crossing in the first day. It was the only land passage between Manhattan and Brooklyn. A sentinel to much that has happened in the distant more recent history of New York City, the Brooklyn Bridge just celebrated its 132nd birthday in May.
The Bridge has featured in many pop culture mediums but my favourite has to be the woefully underrated 1978 movie ‘The Wiz’. A re-imagining of the Wizard of Oz in a black, ghetto funk world. As Dorothy and friends cross over to the Emerald City of the World Trade Center Plaza, they ease on down the yellow brick road that runs across the Bridge.
The elevated walkway is still wooden, giving a lovely old fashioned feel as you walk along. Looking back across the skyline to Manhattan, it’s easy to pick out recognisable landmarks. On the day we walked across, the numbers were considerably less than opening day but between snap happy tourists and annoyed cyclists, it was still one very crowded bridge.
Please take the time to visit some of the other contributors to A-Z Guidebook, particularly if you are a participant. Thanks!