Manhattan Bridge

Manhattan Bridge, view from Brooklyn

View from Brooklyn, courtesy of Wikipedia

The Manhattan Bridge connects Manhattan near Chinatown to Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood (acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) near Flatbush Avenue Extension. The northernmost of the three suspension bridges connecting Manhattan to Brooklyn (Brooklyn Bridge is most southern followed by the Williamsburg Bridge in the middle), the Manhattan Bridge was completed in 1909.

Manhattan Bridge Map

Some key facts about the Manhattan Bridge:

  • Main span: 1,470 ft (448 m)
  • Length of suspension cables: 3224 ft (983 m)
  • Total length: 6,855 ft (2,089 m)
  • In 2007, the Manhattan Bridge carried approximately 36,000 vehicles in each direction daily

The B, D, N, and Q subway lines all cross the Manhattan Bridge and the bridge carries vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic. Check out the diagram below to see which lanes carry all this traffic.

Manhattan Bridge, Cross-Section of lanes

Manhattan Bridge, Cross-Section of lanes

Read more about the Manhattan Bridge on the official NYC DOT site.

TOLLS: No tolls in either direction.


From Manhattan: enter from Bowery near Canal St, going either Southbound or Northbound

From Brooklyn: enter from Flatbush Avenue Extension

Walk Across the Manhattan Bridge!

From Manhattan, bicyclists access the North Bicycling Path at Canal Street and Forsyth Street. Pedestrians access the South Walkway on Bowery between Canal Street and Bayard Steet.

From Brooklyn, bicyclists access the North Bicycling Path at Sands Street and Jay Street.  Pedestrians access the South Walkway on Jay Street between Sands Street and Nassau Street.

Find out more about walking and cycling across the Manhattan Bridge from Transportation Alternatives.


with a few select NYC garages.