Imagine exhilarating views of the Manhattan skyline and New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty in the distance, and ferryboats gliding to Staten Island, all inhaled from a quiet, uncrowded, car-free neighborhood brushed by ocean breezes. It’s not a dream. Just take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, probably one of the most visible and overlooked thrills in town. Strolling on the bridge’s wide boardwalk is almost like soaring. Skyscrapers seem close to eye level, the wake-streaked East River is 133 feet below, and every photo-op is framed by those great Gothic arches in the bridge’s towers or woven through the web of cables that seem to gracefully stretch the bridge skyward. All this and Brooklyn, too. Cost: zip, nada, gratis.
— Les Daly