There’s no reason to get too carried away talking about how to cross a bridge, but the experience did bring up some sound advice which needs to be passed on. The first is that you should not be discouraged by the crowd if you’ve never crossed the bridge. The perceptive you get of the city’s skyline, the view of the two other bridges, the sight of the water and the Statue of Liberty in the distance are all components that make the experience worthwhile.
That said, since it’s typically very crowded and not exactly a short stroll, you probably won’t want to cross twice. In that case, my recommendation would be to do the opposite of what I did. Instead of crossing the bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn, take public transportation into Brooklyn and walk across back to Manhattan. When you cross from Manhattan to Brooklyn, the most dramatic of the skylines is behind you, and you’ll spend a lot of your time looking back over your shoulder. And as you can see in the above photo, when you're crossing to over to Brooklyn, the most dominate sight in front of you is a massive crowd.
Crossing from Brooklyn into Manhattan, however, puts the skyline shown in the cover photo on full display for you to enjoy during your entire walk, no rubbernecking required.
[Photos: Will McGough]