Whenever I feel like crossing the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan, I suddenly remember the throngs of tourists and the aggressive bicyclists, and I end up taking the Manhattan Bridge instead.
The Manhattan Bridge was designed by Leon Moisseiff and completed in 1909. The fancy parts of the bridge, as well as the arch and colonnade on the Manhattan side were designed by Carrère and Hastings, who designed the New York Public Library.
The B, D, N, and Q lines all run across the bridge which, in my opinion, is one of the best subway views of all time, especially at sunset while overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge.
It might not be as beautiful or picturesque as it’s Brooklyn counterpart, but it does have certain advantages. Unlike the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge divides up pedestrians and bicyclists, making it much easier to stroll across without the fear of being trampled. Bikes must take the north side of the bridge, while pedestrians take the south side, which looks downtown. Manhattan Bridge walkers also get a full and completely unobstructed look at the Brooklyn Bridge, which couldn’t be a nicer view! There are far fewer people walking over the Manhattan Bridge, so not constantly bumping into somebody is also nice.
If you want to cross from Brooklyn to Manhattan (or vice versa), but want to avoid the crowd, take the Manhattan Bridge instead.