Brooklyn Bridge Tour Then and Now

When the Brooklyn Bridge was first built, it was the tallest manmade structure in New York City and offered views that were amazing to behold.

The above picture was taken sometime shortly after July of 1876, when the Manhattan tower was completed and before any of the cables were strung. Today, there are a few other structures a bit larger.

The bridge was also a magnet for photographers. Here is a view of the bridge from the top of the Washington Building, recently built (1882) at the foot of Broadway, opposite Bowling Green.  You would have a few obstructions if you tried that shot today.

Of course, it continues to attract photographers.

Our tour starts in City Hall Park, where things have also changed quite a bit since the late 1800s.

For one thing, the old post office shown above isn’t there anymore, having been torn down in 1939. And a few other buildings have been put up since.

We will talk about the buildings you can see around you, and we will show you some photographs of the what you might have seen if you had been on that spot in the distant and not-so-distant past, for example 1940.

But don’t worry, there are still plenty of wonderful views for you to see and pictures to take, including the old favorites.


So, if you like taking a walk, seeing beautiful things, and looking at old photographs, then you will definitely enjoy our Brooklyn Bridge Tour.

As stated above, we  start in City Hall Park and, from there, walk across the bridge and back. We point out the notable buildings on the skyline, give you some insights on how this wonderful structure was built, and share photographs and drawings that illustrate the way things were. We look forward to seeing you soon.

The cost of the tour is $35.00 per adult; $20.00 for children under age 12 and seniors over 65.

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We can also provide private tours of Central Park and elsewhere in New York City to meet your individual needs. Contact us by using the form below for rates and availability. We will respond promptly.

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