Virtual Tour: Sunset Whitman Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge


Empty Brooklyn Bridge in CoronavirusKaren Karbiener and a group of NYU students on the Brooklyn Bridge at sunsetBrooklyn Bridge from DUMBOBrooklyn Bridge from above

Join Walt Whitman scholar Karen Karbiener for a sunset walk over the Brooklyn Bridge that will end with a reading and discussion of Walt Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry!" The tour will begin on the Brooklyn side of the bridge at Fulton Ferry Landing, where Whitman originally boarded the ferries that inspired the poem. The poet lived longer in Brooklyn than in any other place, and considered it his spiritual hometown; we'll discuss his Brooklyn ways and days as we walk through picturesque DUMBO on our way up to the Bridge. The Brooklyn Bridge's history will be our focus for the walk to the Brooklyn tower, where we'll read and ponder Whitman's consummate New York poem (originally titled "Sun-Down Poem") as the sun sets over his beloved Mannahatta.

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