We went down to the Bridge at 8:45am and walked to Brooklyn and back. The Manhattan side was packed with reporters and news vans, and a couple of union operated coffee stands. The pedestrian traffic coming into the city was heavy, but not September 11th or Blackout heavy-- just crowded, especially towards 9:30am. Up on top of the bridge a strong breeze had everyone shivering, including the dozens of newspaper photographers trying to get a shot of the crowd. One problem: the light coming from Brooklyn was blinding, making it almost impossible to get that perfect crowd shot. Some guys were up on ladders trying for unusual angles. On the way back, we noticed that the FDR was pretty empty, and that both sides of the bridge were light with traffic; maybe everyone got scared about gridlock and 4-to-a-car rules and decided to stay home. Five more shots after the jump.
UPDATE: for all of you lucky enough to avoid walking in to the city, we made a short one minute video of the exciting! sights! and! sounds! of the Brooklyn Bridge at 9am. Check it out!