The Brooklyn Bridge unfailingly catches the eye against the backdrop of New York City's iconic skyline.
The first bridge to bind Brooklyn to Manhattan with stone and steel, this masterpiece of engineering has endeared itself to generations of New Yorkers, who often profess their passion by hanging love locks from its cables and wires. Around 4,000 pedestrians and 3,100 cyclists traverse the bridge daily. The 1.3-mile central pathway provides a decent workout, not to mention spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and the spires and skyscrapers rising above Manhattan — particularly at sundown. Best of all, it's free. The easiest access is from the Manhattan side, opposite City Hall.