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Brooklyn Bridge Facts staff

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the City's most iconic landmarks. How much do you know about it? Get started on becoming an expert with these fun facts (and watch the video above).

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About 10,000 people walk across the Brooklyn Bridge each day.

The span features pedestrian and bike lanes. Be sure to stay in the correct one—your fellow bridge crossers will thank you.

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The walk takes about 20 minutes.

Spend the time taking in views of New York Harbor, the Brooklyn and Manhattan skylines and the Statue of Liberty.

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The span is nearly 6,000 feet long.

Bring your step counter, if you're into that kind of thing.

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It opened in 1883.

Back in 1866, Brooklyn Bridge designer John Roebling oversaw the completion of the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Covington, Kentucky, which was sort of a test run. You can see the resemblance.

At the time, it was the world's longest suspension bridge.

In 1903, it was surpassed by the Williamsburg Bridge. In 1964, after the title had changed hands a few more times (the George Washington Bridge held the designation at one point), NYC's Verrazano-Narrows Bridge became the world's longest. That's still the record in the United States, though Japan's Akash Kaikyo Bridge is the longest in the world.

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It's still the most famous.

So you'll definitely want to see it. And once you do, you should check out the fun attractions on each side. Learn about some of them below, and check out this guide to the Brooklyn Bridge for even more info and ideas.

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