The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most popular attractions in New York City. It was designed in 1870 by architects John A. Roebling and Washington Roebling. Today, it's one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. More than 4,000 pedestrians and 3,100 cyclists commute between Brooklyn and Manhattan on the bridge every single day.
Over the years, people have worked tirelessly to get the perfect Instagram shot, testing out hundreds if not thousands of spots on the bridge and all over the city. There are five vantage points, in particular, that will get you the perfect photo of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Against the Manhattan Skyline
One of the best and most popular photo op locations on the Brooklyn Bridge is on the Brooklyn side of the two massive archways. People can position themselves on the southwest corner, on the side closest to the Statue of Liberty, and pose before a backdrop of Manhattan skyscrapers. This is a great opportunity for a panoramic photo, too, especially at sunrise or sunset.
Against the Background of an Archway
Another good shot of the Brooklyn Bridge is located under one of the two archways. However, sometimes this spot gets so crowded that models may have to share the limelight with an array of tourists. Photographers should be prepared to either Photoshop the mobs out of their pictures or ask people to kindly move out of the photo (which could—forewarning—grant you some enemies).
This nifty spot is also a great location for a group shot on special occasions, such as with a bridal party in their suits and gowns. Cyclists have been known to pose with their jerseys on, nurses in their hospital whites, and the like.
Midway on the Bridge, Harbor Side
On a bright and sunny day, a person framed against the sky, water, and iconic NYC buildings makes for a memorable shot. For those who are more interesting in shooting only scenery, this is also a gorgeous view of the city. It is best taken slightly toward the Brooklyn side, but facing Manhattan.
In Front of the Brooklyn Bridge Historic Sign
Both archways feature prominent signs that read "Brooklyn Bridge," in case you want further proof that you did, indeed, visit the iconic landmark. Both amateur and professional photographers tend to flock to DUMBO's Washington Street to take shots like this, so don't expect to be the only one.
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 with Lady Liberty in the background. However, those with a fancy telephoto lens or zoom feature are more likely to capture decent-quality pictures of the Statue of Liberty from the bridge (two landmarks in one!). This can include shots of the boats and barges, the Manhattan Bridge, the Empire State Building, or the smaller Chrysler Building.