Whether you’re a stressed out college student, over-worked and under-paid employee, or just someone whose had a busy day, we all need a break for some time to think. My favorite places to think are sitting on the beach, watching the waves crash, or at the top of a skyscraper, overlooking the city. But sometimes the beach is miles away, and you just don’t feel like dishing out $50 to go to the top of One World Trade Center. My solution? A bridge that connects to Manhattan at sunset.
As you can see in the photo above I’ve frequented to the Brooklyn Bridge, but if you’re looking to avoid tourists definitely check out the Manhattan Bridge! In my opinion, there’s nothing quite like walking 3/4 of the way across the bridge (towards Brooklyn), then turning around to witness the beauty of the Manhattan skyline as the sun sets and the lights of the city turn on. There is something so peaceful seeing the skyscrapers from a distance, separating yourself from the chaos occurring within the streets, simply taking in the lights from each apartment, office space, or shop as they begin to illuminate the sky.
I do not recommend listening to music on this walk. Though it seems like a good idea, this location is the perfect place to tune out all of the sounds around you, and reflect on your thoughts. I’ve had some of my best ideas wander into my mind while walking along the bridge with a friend as we strolled in silence. I’ve also had some of my greatest realizations, usually realizations that I suppressed, such as: “maybe I shouldn’t have snapped at my best friend when she was trying to vent to me at work, it’s not her fault that I had a heavy workload and in that moment it wasn’t a good time for me to read a novel-esque text”.
So give it a try, maybe you need some time to reflect in order to help get your shit together!