Photo by myself near the Manhattan Bridge, with the East River and Brooklyn beyond.
A photo from earlier this year. A young man stood in thought just below the Manhattan Bridge, on the edge of Manhattan.
As you can see, the edge of Brooklyn is not as built up as it could be. Only recently have developers been building apartment buildings with a waterfront view. The city is also just starting to add public parks along the water's edge.
You can get access to the Manhattan Bridge from Canal Street in Chinatown, and wind up in Downtown Brooklyn on the other side. There are walkways on either side for pedestrians, cyclists and runners to enjoy the view.
Related posts: From the Edge of DUMBO, On What's Down Under the Manhattan Bridge and Down Under and Enjoying the View of the Manhattan Bridge.