The Williamsburg Bridge, Williamsburg and East Williamsburg Tour
Williamsburg is more than just industrial plants and a vibrant hub of hipster culture. It’s home to a variety of ethnic groups, a cradle for local art communities and an ever quickly changing neighborhood of New York City’s borough Brooklyn.
Come and explore Williamsburg to its full with Free Tours by Foot. Our three 3-hour walking tour begins on the Manhattan side of the Williamsburg Bridge as we cross over the bridge to Williamsburg. The bridge itself is a substantial chapter to tell the Williamsburg story. When the bridge was completed in 1903 it was the longest suspension bridge in the world and the first bridge made entirely of steel. The bridge provides views of the old Williamsburg industrial waterfront which was one of the most industrialized areas in the United States, and also has spectacular views of the Mid-town Manhattan skyline. You will hear tales of spying and of the large migration of people moving from the heavily congested Lower East Side to newly accessible Williamsburg.
On the Williamsburg side, we will walk along Bedford Avenue with its many places to eat, quaint shops and galleries. Also, we will visit the East River State Park, the Brooklyn Brewery and many more places of interest. The tour will include a short subway ride* to East Williamsburg which has become a center for young artists and is globally known for its’ graffiti art and murals which are constantly changing.
*bring your own MetroCard
Duration: Approximately 3 hours. Tour distance is approximately 2.5 miles (4k)
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Where: Tour begins at the northeast corner of Delancey Street and Essex Street (outside Roma Pizza). Please use our Google map for directions to the tour starting point.
Cost: The Williamsburg Bridge, Williamsburg and East Williamsburg Tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.