Things to Do in Two Bridges NYC

The Two Bridges neighborhood owes its name to its location between the most famous bridges in New York: the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge. It is the counterpart of DUMBO in Brooklyn and is located directly on the other side of the East River in Manhattan.

Much like the Civic Center neighborhood, you’ll feel the first influences of Chinatown here, which borders Two Bridges to the north. Very exciting and living proof that New York is a melting pot of nations.

By the way: you’ll find many more New York City spots in our Loving New York travel guides!

My TOP 5 in Two Bridges NYC

Best Things to do in Two Bridges NYC

  • Watch the locals playing softball at Murry Bergtraum Softball Field at the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Walk across Brooklyn Bridge
  • Enjoy the sensational views from Manhattan Bridge
  • Grab a coffee or lavender honey matcha (!) at Dreamers Coffee House (54W Henry St.)
  • Take a relaxed walk towards Chinatown

Where is the Two Bridges located?

Two Bridges is located at the East River side between Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. It is bordered by the Financial District to the south, Civic Center to the west, Chinatown to the north and the Lower East Side to the east.

Two Bridges NYC Map

How to Get to Two Bridges NYC

  • Metro: Subway lines B D to “Grand St” or J Z to “Chambers St.”
  • Hop on Hop Off Bus: Stop 10 of the downtown loop of BIG BUS or stop 13 of the downtown loop of Gray Line Sightseeing. Here you find more about Hop on Hop off in NYC

My tip: the tickets for the buses are included in many of the New York City passes – which one is the best for you, you can see in my Pass Comparison for New York!

The Best Things to Do in Two Bridges NYC

Our favorite things to see, taste and do are revealed here:

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    Enjoy the skyline of NYC including the two most iconic bridges

    Cruise in Midtown Manhattan
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    This Circle Line cruise will take you past NYC’s most famous attractions and landmarks. You will head past the Statue of Liberty, the One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, amd much much more. If you are looking to explore Manhattan from the water and learn some of the history of NYC at the same time, this is definitely the cruise for you. At a lenght of approximately 1.5 hours, this cruise will take you half way around the Island of Manhattan as well as once around the Statue of Liberty for the ultimate photo opportunity.

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    Walk across Brooklyn Bridge

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    The Brooklyn Bridge is used by over 120,000 vehicles across its 6 lanes, 4000 pedestrians, and 3000 bikes, per day. The views of NYC from the Brooklyn Bridge are spectacular and it is an absolute necessity that you walk across the bridge during your trip to NYC. Especially at sunrise and sunset this is one of NYC’s most photogenic spots. Just be prepared to be surrounded by a bunch of people.

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    Ride the Citi Bikes over the Manhattan Bridge. It's a great places to take photos of the Brooklyn Bridge!

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    The Manhattan Bridge is the second world famous bridge in Dumbo. Those who like can also cross it walking while enjoying a great view over the skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge. The bridge runs over the East River and connects Manhattan from Canal Street in Chinatown with Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. In addition, this is the bridge that gives its name to the famous area of Brooklyn known as DUMBO, short for “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass”.

Attractions in Two Bridges

The major New York attractions are all within easy reach from here, as you are super-close to Lower Manhattan.

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    01 Photo from Manhattan Bridge

    A very famous photo motif of Chinatown with the One World Trade Center in the background can be taken from the Manhattan Bridge. The view is unique – especially at sunrise!

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The Best Guided Tours

There are A LOT Brooklyn Bridge tours where New York guides show you the neighborhoods. These two are our personal recommendations:

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    01 Brooklyn Bridge & DUMBO Walking Tour

    Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and learn about the exciting and dramatic history of this world-famous New York City neighborhood, all while enjoying breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. On the other side of the Brooklyn Bridge you will discover DUMBO, a newly popular and up and coming part of Brooklyn. 

    Meeting point is 52 Chambers Street in front of the Tweed Courthouse.

  2. Bike Tours

    02 Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour

    Not many bridges have been recognised as a national landmark! The Brooklyn Bridge however is arguably one of the most popular attractions in the city. With amazing views of Downtown Manhattan at any time of day, this bike tour is a great way to explore the bridge.

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    03 Photo from Manhattan Bridge

    A very famous photo motif of Chinatown with the One World Trade Center in the background can be taken from the Manhattan Bridge. The view is unique – especially at sunrise!

If guided tours interest you, be sure to check out the Best Walking Tours NYC!

Hotels in Two Bridges

There are no good hotels in the district itself (sorry!), but you have a wide choice of accommodations in the adjacent neighborhoods of the Financial District & Lower East Side: Below are our favorite places to stay:

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    01 Andaz Wall Street Hotel

    4 Stars | The Andaz Wall Street belongs to the Hyatt Group and was completely renovated in 2012. The rooms are very clean, modernly furnished, have a rain shower and a very comfortable bed. It’s just a few minutes’ walk to the South Street Seaport and the Brooklyn Bridge.

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    02 citizenM New York Bowery

    4 Stars | The citizenM New York Bowery is my favorite hotel in this area, because it combines a lot of things I like: stylish, bright rooms, a sensational bar and even a rooftop bar with a fantastic view. 

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    03 Courtyard by Marriott New York Downtown Manhattan

    3 Sterne | Eine weitere Empfehlung der besten Hotels am One World Observatory ist das Courtyard by Marriott Hotel. Das sehr chice Courtyard by Marriott New York hat ein Restaurant, eine Bar und auch kostenfreies WLAN in allen Bereichen. Nur genau 322 m vom World Trade Center entfernt, könnte man kaum näher am höchsten Gebäude der Stadt übernachten, oder? Jedes Zimmer in diesem Hotel ist klimatisiert und mit einem Flachbild-Kabel-TV ausgestattet.

    Das Frühstück könnt ihr sogar mit Aussicht auf das One World Trade Center genießen. Ebenfalls hat dieses Hotel am One World Trade Center ein Fitnessstudio, welches ihr auf eurer Reise nutzen könnt.

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    04 PUBLIC Hotel

    4 stars | PUBLIC Hotel is one of the newest and, in my opinion, most beautiful hotels in New York. It is located in the Lower East Side neighborhood, right on the corner of Nolita and the East Village, and thus has many trendy bars and restaurants to offer.

    The ambience in the PUBLIC Hotel is really nice: harmonious colors, stylish interior and many plants create a very relaxed atmosphere. The hotel’s restaurant and bar are amazing and you can end the evening in the rooftop bar.

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    05 Eurostar Wall Street

    4 stars | This boutique hotel is located in New York’s financial district, in the heart of Wall Street, just a few meters from One World Observatory, the 9/11 Memorial and the Brooklyn Bridge. 

    The Eurostars Wall Street offers spacious rooms equipped with every comfort, including cable TV, microwave and refrigerator. In our opinion this hotel is, thanks to all these services and its rooms of different sizes and capacities, an ideal hotel for families.

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    06 Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Downtown Manhattan

    3 Stars | Fab location: Just two blocks from One World Trade Center you’ll find this popular 3-star hotel. The rooms are relatively large by New York standards and the value for money is pretty excellent.

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    07 Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

    5 Stars | Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown is one of the 5-star hotels in this area, offering luxury on all levels: a great bar, swimming pool, spa and a restaurant by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. So if you are looking for a very special hotel, you should check this one out.

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    08 Holiday Inn Express Wall Street

    3 Stars | The Holiday Inn Wall Street is located directly at the One World Observatory and is a really great budget hotel. Holiday Inn’s in New York are always rather bare, but in no way bad. The Holiday Inn Wall Street has relatively small rooms, but they are definitely clean. The Holiday Inn Express is less than 800 meters from the New York Stock Exchange, the New York City Police Museum and the South Street Seaport. Even a small gym is available.

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    09 Hotel Indigo Lower East Side New York

    4 Stars | The rooms of the Indigo Hotel are stylishly furnished and each bathroom has a bathtub. And notable for anyone that isn’t the greatest fan of air-cons: The windows in the rooms can be tilted. Where else do you find that in a Manhattan hotel? 

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    10 Millennium Hilton Hotel Downtown

    4 Stars | The Millennium Hilton is a four-star hotel in Lower Manhattan and is one of the best hotels near One World Observatory. The new Oculus shopping centre and train station and Ground Zero are directly opposite. From the Millennium Hilton Hotel you definitely have a first-class view, because some rooms are directly facing the One World Observatory.

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    11 Mr C Seaport

    5 Stars | No other hotel on this list is as close to the Brooklyn Bridge as this one. You have the most perfect view of the bridge from some of the rooms. The Seaport (hence the name) is right at this here as well, Wall Street and One World Trade Center are also within walking distance.

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    12 Off Soho Suites

    2 Stars | Each of the modern suites has a chic living room with a flat-screen TV, a dining area and a sofa bed. For all gym fans among you, there is a fitness centre which you can use free of charge.

Neighborhoods Nearby

Two Bridges is bordered by the Financial District to the south, Civic Center to the west, Chinatown to the north and the Lower East Side to the east.

Neighborhoods that are Similar to Two Bridges NYC

Two Bridges is truly unique in New York and there is no neighborhood quite like it. Only the Lower East Side can be compared (a little) with Two Bridges.

About the author
Steffen

I'm a true New York fan! Not only have I visited the city over 20 times but also have I spent several months here at a time. On my blog I show you the best and most beautiful spots of the city, so that you have a really good time! You can also find lots of insider tips in our New York travel guide. Also check out my hotel finder for New York!

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