Walking Across the Brooklyn Bridge

I was walking home on 9/11, and I passed by the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge. There are always a lot of people walking across the bridge, but it seemed to me like there were way more than usual. I later learned that there is now a new bike lane so pedestrians have the walkway to themselves. Maybe it had just opened recently when I walked by.

It’s been a while since I’ve walked across. Maybe it’s time to take a stroll and see what it’s like now.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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5 thoughts on “Walking Across the Brooklyn Bridge

  1. 9/11 — was that maybe, on that day, some kind of memorial walk? I know lots of people walked across that bridge on that day.

    Anyway, I’d also like to say “Hello” and let you know I recommended DAMNATION ISLAND to a friend of mine up at a writer’s retreat who happens to be very interested in the history of psychiatric care (he’s a nurse). I don’t know if he got it yet, but he did put it on his “to read” list.

  2. I’m still not used to seeing crowds of people, even outside. How is the pandemic progressing in NYC these days? Hope you are well.
    p.s. wow that’s a beautiful bridge. That’s a neat photo, there’s a lot going on in it.

  3. Kristi, maybe it was a 9/11 memorial walk of some sort. Thanks for recommending Damnation Island!!

    CR: Thank you. The pandemic is going mostly well. A judge lifted the block on the mayor’s vaccine mandates and a ton of people who had been holding out have been getting vaccinated, so that’s good. I have mixed feelings about mandates though. I don’t like making people do them, but when they are around vulnerable people (teachers and healthcare workers, for instance) I guess I think its warranted. We have all sorts of vaccine mandates, and now we hve new ones.

  4. I am vaccinated, but don’t really expect/demand everyone else to be so, and am not a fan of mandates. To some extent, yes, they work, but I think in the end they lead to more divisiveness and bad feelings going forward. Personally I am really frustrated by the lack of cooperation/innovation OTHER than the vaccines–specifically, I think if you don’t want a vaccine you are somewhat obligated, if you want to consider yourself a decent person who sometimes thinks of others, to wear a mask. It’s amazing how little schoolchildren complain about their masks (I know, I have two and am around many more, and not one of them has ever complained). I wonder when we turn that corner to kid who can suck it up for everybody to selfish adult who must have everything their own way. I also think the CDC/companies have completely dropped the ball on easier and cheaper testing or less invasive treatments other than vaccines–things I’ve been reading about for a year now but which have never materialized, like saliva tests you can do with a strip of paper or nasal sprays to help block the uptake of the virus in your nose.

    That was all more than you needed to know. I’m glad to hear things are going mostly well there and hope that continues!!

  5. No, I see all your points. In NY testing is free. I thought this was nationwide. I got the less invasive test, but yeah, I would prefer the saliva test.

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