Until recently, it hadn’t occurred to me to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, but once I heard about it, I immediately placed it on my bucket list. That same day, my husband asked me how I would like to celebrate my birthday. Thus, a day in Brooklyn was born.
We had a gorgeous spring day after a week of cold weather, so it made for a spectacular crossing. We started on the Manhattan side in a crowd of tourists, overhearing snippets of conversation in languages from around the world.
It’s a little over a mile across, and the crowds had thinned out by the time we got to the Brooklyn side. (Where did they go?)
We strolled along the river for about an hour, enjoying the views, a soccer match, and the lovely Brooklyn Bridge Park.
We were using a phone to navigate to Coney Island, which was supposed to take us 28 minutes, but we finally caught on that the estimate was based on traveling in a car, and we would have three more hours if traveling by foot. Time to catch a subway! (I had punched in the Coney Island Grimaldi’s by mistake, which was why I thought Coney Island was nearby. Oops.)
Coney Island was busy and inviting. The Wonder Wheel offered some real thrills in our “swinging” car. We had great views of the beach and the neighborhood, but I was glad to get back on the ground.
We finished our visit off with “Sideshow by the Seashore,” which featured a “Human Gumby,” a fire eater, a sword juggler, and a woman who walked on broken glass. It was a cheesy, fun show.
Between the gorgeous weather, the fun activities, and my husband’s indulgence, I had a fantastic birthday celebration in Brooklyn. Next year is the big five-oh.