Just as you feel when you look on the river and sky, so I felt;
Just as any of you is one of a living crowd, I was one of a crowd…
What is it, then, between us?
What is the count of the scores or hundreds of years between us?
Walt Whitman, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry
The best bit of Brooklyn Bridge isn’t the walk across it at sunset.
It isn’t the sparkling Manhattan skyline stretched out before you.
It isn’t the endless East Coast sky; beckoning, forever beckoning.
And it isn’t the quiet ships plying the dark waters of the Atlantic beneath you.
The best bit of Brooklyn Bridge is reading the little letters to tomorrow carved into the walkway by thousands of travellers.
Like the Lascaux cave paintings, they speak to a deep and profound human need to say:
I was here.