Birthday on the Brooklyn Bridge

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge

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.

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge

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.

Love locks on the Brooklyn Bridge
Love locks on the Brooklyn Bridge

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
View of Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge
(the Statue of Liberty is in the distance left of center)

Brooklyn Bridge

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?)

Grimaldi's under the Brooklyn Bridge

Under the bridge, we waited in line to have pizza at the renowned Grimaldi’s. It was very good pizza, but we’re used to New Haven pizza (the best pizza in the world), and it had nothing on Pepe’s.

Grimaldi's Pizzeria, Brooklyn, NY View of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn

We strolled along the river for about an hour, enjoying the views, a soccer match, and the lovely Brooklyn Bridge Park.

View of Manhattan from Brooklyn

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.)

Wonder Wheel, Coney Island, New York
Wonder Wheel, Coney Island

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.

Coney Island, New York

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.

Planet Brooklyn Bridge #littleplanet

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About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.

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6 Responses to Birthday on the Brooklyn Bridge

  1. Katie says:

    Great idea for a bucket list item. Those love locks are very cool, too! Happy birthday. 🙂
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  2. This is great! The perfect day. Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had. And I’ve never been to Coney Island, so I really liked the photos. Someday I’m going!
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    • Marcy says:

      Coney Island was really cool. It seemed like it was from a much simpler, less commercial time, and it was so nice along the boardwalk too. We lucked out with a beautiful day. Thanks for your comment 🙂

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