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Brooklyn Bridge New York City

New York City 2009

Thanksgiving Tour

New York City | New York

30 Nov 2009 | Mon

Day 06 of 11

  • Brooklyn Bridge New York City
  • Top of the Rock NYC Observation Deck Rockefeller Center

Brooklyn Bridge New York City

The Brooklyn Bridge is an iconic and beloved landmark of New York City. Constructed in 1883, it was the world’s first steel-wire suspension bridge and remains a symbol of human ingenuity and perseverance. Spanning the East River, it joins the two boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Bridge New York City

At 1,825 feet (0.56 kilometers) long, the bridge is not only a marvel of civil engineering but also a beautiful work of art. Its multiple Gothic-style arches and intricate stone carvings have been admired by locals and visitors alike throughout its many years of standing strong in NYC. A stroll across the pedestrian walkway offers some of the best views in all five boroughs, as well as a chance to take part in one of New York City’s most iconic experiences.

The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge in New York City, spanning the East River between the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Opened on May 24, 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was the first fixed crossing of the East River. It was also the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time of its opening, with a main span of 1,595.5 feet (486.3 m) and a deck 127 ft (38.7 m) above mean high water. The span was originally called the New York and Brooklyn Bridge or the East River Bridge but was officially renamed the Brooklyn Bridge in 1915.

Proposals for a bridge connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn were first made in the early 19th century, which eventually led to the construction of the current span, designed by John A. Roebling. The project’s chief engineer, his son Washington Roebling, contributed further design work, assisted by the latter’s wife, Emily Warren Roebling. Construction started in 1870, with the Tammany Hall-controlled New York Bridge Company overseeing construction, although numerous controversies and the novelty of the design prolonged the project over thirteen years. Since opening, the Brooklyn Bridge has undergone several reconfigurations, having carried horse-drawn vehicles and elevated railway lines until 1950. To alleviate increasing traffic flows, additional bridges and tunnels were built across the East River. Following gradual deterioration, the Brooklyn Bridge has been renovated several times, including in the 1950s, 1980s, and 2010s.

– Wikipedia Brooklyn Bridge New York City

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