How Many Bridges Are There in New York City?

When you think about NYC’s landmarks, places like the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building often come to mind. You might also picture the iconic bridges that take you over the river.

If you count all the bridges and tunnels in the city, the figure comes out to more than 2,000!

Even though New York City comprises five boroughs and countless bedroom communities, the entire area is built on a series of islands. That’s why there are so many crossing spans.

Here are some of the most famous ones that you can spot in the city.

1. Brooklyn Bridge

This bridge first open to traffic in 1883, creating the first fixed crossing of the East River. When it was finished, it was also the longest suspension bridge in the world. It’s one of the city’s icons and is one of the country’s engineering landmarks.

2. Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge

If you cross this NYC bridge, you’ll have covered the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere.  It connects Brooklyn to Staten Island while crossing the water between the Upper and Lower New York Bay. You’ll need to be on I-278 to cross it and the 13 lanes of traffic it supports.

3. Queensboro Bridge

This cantilever bridge connects Queens with the Upper East Side. It was completed in 1909 and carries State Route 25. It’s the furthest north of the toll-free spans, and the lights at night provide a remarkable sight.

4. George Washington Bridge

When you need to cross the Hudson, this double-decker is an excellent choice. It carried over 100 million vehicles in 2016, making it the busiest span in the world. Until the Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937, it had the longest main crossing in the world.

Other famous bridges in NYC include the Manhattan, the Williamsburg, the Robert F. Kennedy, and the Kosciusko.