The 5 Best Places to Take Photos on the Brooklyn Bridge

Photo by Ellen Freudenheim

The Brooklyn Bridge was created in 1870 by architects John A. Roebling and Washington Roebling. Located in New York City, this is one of the oldest cable-stayed and suspension bridges in the United States connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan. More than 4,000 pedestrians and 3,100 cyclists go across the Brooklyn Bridge on a daily basis.

Under Construction

For years, the Brooklyn Bridge has been undergoing repainting and repair. It's expected that there will be scaffolding and other construction on the bridge until 2022. Despite this, the Brooklyn Bridge is a popular spot for photo ops for both locals and tourists. Below are five recommended places to take friends and family to get great pictures of the scenery.

1. People Against the Manhattan Skyline

One of the best and most popular photo op locations on the Brooklyn Bridge is on the Brooklyn-side arch of the two massive archways. People can position themselves on the south-west corner on the side closest to the Statue of Liberty. This way, they can get a photo of themselves or their friends against the unbelievable fairy-tale setting of the Manhattan skyscrapers. This is a great opportunity for a panoramic photo, especially at sunrise or sunset.

2. People Against the Background of an Archway

Another good shot of the Brooklyn Bridge is located under one of the two archways. However, sometimes the Brooklyn Bridge gets so crowded, that those ready to photograph may be sharing the limelight with a diverse amount of tourists. Photographers should be prepared to either Photoshop them out of the pictures, zoom out, or ask them to kindly move out of the photo.

This is also a great location for a nice group shot on special occasions, such as with a bridal party all in tuxedos and gowns. Other group ideas include bikers with their jerseys, nurses in their hospital whites, and those dressed up in their Halloween costumes.

3. Midway on the Bridge, Harbor Side

On a bright and sunny day, a person framed against the sky, water, and skyscrapers makes for a wonderful shot. For those just shooting scenery, this is also a gorgeous view. It is best taken slightly toward the Brooklyn side, but facing Manhattan. 

4. In Front of the Brooklyn Bridge Historic Sign

For those wanting a photo against a sign that says "Brooklyn Bridge," both archways have prominent signs. Both amateur and professional photographers tend to flock to DUMBO's Washington Street to take shots like this, as it is known to be one of the most popular spots.

5. Statue of Liberty and Skyline

The Statue of Liberty is considerably far away, so it's challenging to get a good close-up of a person, in addition to a good shot of Lady Liberty. However, those with a great telephoto lens or zoom feature can get decent quality pictures of the Statue of Liberty. This can include shots of the boats and barges, the Manhattan Bridge, the Empire State Building, and the smaller Chrysler Building.