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How far form Times Square to Brooklyn Bridge- and is it safe

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How far form Times Square to Brooklyn Bridge- and is it safe

Hi,

Planning a 5 night break to NYC later this year and have booked Casablanca Hotel just off Times Square.

I was thinking of walking from Times Square to and over the Brooklyn bridge - taking in the sights along the way - the village, Little Italy and Chinatown - stopping in Katz Deli along the way.

I will be with my wife - is this a very long walk and is it safe.

Please let me know what you think

thanks

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1. Re: How far form Times Square to Brooklyn Bridge- and is it safe

It's definitely safe. Without stopping to see the sights, I would be quite a long walk but one that is doable by fit people. But if you plan to stop and experience the sights on the way, you better start about 2 days before you want to get there.

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2. Re: How far form Times Square to Brooklyn Bridge- and is it safe

That is a very long walk though it can be done. I would probably hop on and off the train at various points rather than make the long trek.

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3. Re: How far form Times Square to Brooklyn Bridge- and is it safe

The way I've done something like this (when not walking the whole thing) is to catch the 1 train at 42nd St & Broadway south to 14th or Christopher St, wander around there and then head east on 8th St, catch the Astor Place 6 train downtown to Canal St, which will put you right in the heart of Chinatown. You could walk to the Brooklyn Bridge from there or get back on the 6 to City Hall, which puts you right at the Manhattan entrance to the bridge.

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I did something similar last time there, but I took the bus from Times Square Area (I think it was 7th Street, but not sure, can anyone help) to Union Square. I got off there and walked down broadway (lots of great shopping, especially liked Pearl River), all the way down to Chinatown. Chinatown isn't that far from City Hall and WTC below that. You can then walk to Staten Island Ferry, catch the ferry there and back (for one of the most scenic and inexpensive boat tours of Manhattan that you can imagine. The views are fantastic. While at WTC, if interested, there is an Irish Immigrants Memorial just off to the West of WTC. Then walk north again and walk the Brooklyn Bridge. Katz's is not to be missed, especially if you like the fake orgasm scene in "When Harry Met Sally". There used to be a very nice Kitschy store in the area of Katz's called Las Venus, all 50s, 60, and 70s kitschy home furnishings. If you don't mind a good stretch of the leg, it is doable.

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5. Re: How far form Times Square to Brooklyn Bridge- and is it safe

To walk from Times Square to the Brooklyn end of the Brooklyn Bridge is about five miles -- with one mile just being the Bridge itself.

A better thing to do would be to take the subway to Brooklyn Heights, explore that neighborhood, walk the bridge, and then either walk through Chinatown to Katz's, or else take the subway up there. After Katz's you could take the subway to Times Square, or could continue the walk.

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6. Re: How far form Times Square to Brooklyn Bridge- and is it safe

Thanks Guys for the replies..

Looks like I bit off more than I can chew (no not in Katz yet!!)

I'd probably be better splitting into two 1 - Chinatown and Little Italy

and 2 - train to Brooklyn Bridge to walk, katz for refreshment then a rest on the Statten Island ferry.. is WTC site close by to pay respects?

Does this sound more manageable.. We are going for 5 nights, but there's so much we want to do shopping/ sights / show , its hard to fit everything in.

Great fun planning though

thanks a million for all your help

Slaínte

DUBLINforSam

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7. Re: How far form Times Square to Brooklyn Bridge- and is it safe

Hiya Dubs,

Once there, I'm sure you'll be surprised at just how compact Lower Manhattan actually is! Chinatown, Little Italy, City Hall, WTC, Staten Island Ferry, the tour boat to Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge are all easily within walkings distance to each other. Perhaps if you took the subway down to the Staten Island Ferry, took that, then walked a few blocks north after that to the WTC, then a jaunt over to Chinatown and Little Italy, then walk across the bridge, then take the subway back to Midtown you could do it all in one day. But as you said, since you have 5 days, why rush it. Are you including your arriving day and leaving day in that 5 day count? If so, don't really count on doing much your check in day, and check out day. Good luck.

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8. Re: How far form Times Square to Brooklyn Bridge- and is it safe

Actually, your new plan is not more manageable because while the old plan was lengthy, it was all in the same direction -- your new plan hassome unnecessary backtracking.

Little Italy, Chinatown, and Katz's are all close to each other, with Katz's being north of Little Italy, Little Italy north of Chinatown, and Chinatown north of the Cicvic Center and the Brooklyn Bridge. Meanwhile, The WTC is a little south of the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Ferry is further south still. You can therefore easly combine the Bridge with either Katz's OR the Ferry, but NOT with both. I recommend that when you do visit downtown, look into taking the tour of the gold vaults at the Federal Reserve Bank -- VERY interesting, and off the beaten tourist path.

And have you gotten a map yet? Plotting these sites on a map makes it much easier to understand.

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9. Re: How far form Times Square to Brooklyn Bridge- and is it safe

DevDC - tell me more about Las Venus!!!! Is it still there?

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10. Re: How far form Times Square to Brooklyn Bridge- and is it safe

Hiya CTSunshine.

They are still listed in the phone book. Address is 163 Ludlow St, NYNY 10002 tele. 212.982.0608.

Another good place used to be Mr. Pink at 223 W 16th. nyny 10011. Tele. 646.486.4147. Great antique glassware and stuff.

There was another place I remember, but I get the spelling confused. It was something horribly difficult like Mxyxplyxz (I've tried every weird spelling variation I can think of but cannot find their number or website. Perhaps someone on the site knows...?)

Then, whilst downtown, one of my favorite stores is Pearl River on lower Broadway, a little before you get to Chinatown. Really great, fun stuff.

Damn, I'm ready to hop on a chinese bus and head to NY and go shopping!

Cheers,

Dev