Venturing around Brooklyn and walking the Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

The day we checked out Smorgasburg in Williamsburg, the group of us decided to just venture around and walk aimlessly.

Gambit and I had nothing planned for the day as we just had visit Brooklyn in store.

So we started walking.

We walked through a large area inhabited by a Jewish community. I later read that this area was called Borough Park, home to one of the largest Orthodox Jewish communities outside of Israel, with one of the largest concentrations of Jews in the United States, and Orthodox traditions rivaling many insular communities.

There must have been something going on as large groups of Jewish people were walking around on the streets.  I found this particularly interesting as I don’t know much about Judaism and many of these Jewish men were walking around with these gorgeous fluffy hats.

Again, I learnt later that those hats are called shtreimel, a fur hat worn by many married haredi Jewish men on Shabbat and Jewish holidays and other festive occasions. The cost of a shtreimel can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

I could only guess that it was Shabbat as we walked past these groups Saturday afternoon.

And before we knew it, we were crossing the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Brooklyn Bridge really is a beautiful infrastructure.  I found the colour quite unique as it was a type of brown colour.

The footpath across the bridge is quite narrow, especially to accommodate the mass amount of people walking across it, and cyclist who dare to actual cycle across. These would be the only downsides.

But the views you get from the bridge are stunning.  From one side you could see the Statue of Liberty and from the other side you could see the Manhattan skyline.

I look forward to the day where I can take my in-laws across it as I think they will particularly enjoy the photo opportunity.  Although they may not enjoy the dirty looks from non-tourists for stopping and taking up the footpaths.

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