Brooklyn Bridge

New York, United States

The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge spanning the East River between the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Opened in 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 486.3 m and a deck 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.

The Brooklyn Bridge is the southernmost of the four toll-free vehicular bridges connecting Manhattan and Long Island, with the Manhattan Bridge, the Williamsburg Bridge, and the Queensboro Bridge to the north. Only passenger vehicles and pedestrian and bicycle traffic are permitted. A major tourist attraction since its opening, the Brooklyn Bridge has become an icon of New York City. Over the years, the bridge has been used as the location of various stunts and performances, as well as several crimes and attacks. The Brooklyn Bridge has been designated a National Historic Landmark, a New York City landmark, and a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.



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Founded: 1869-1883
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in United States

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Marie (10 months ago)
Definitely worth a visit, especially at sunset. Here I have taken the most beautiful pictures from all over NYC. Finally, the road for cyclists is separated from the pedestrians, and has its own separate line on the side. Unfortunately, you cannot enjoy the view of the city from the bicycle line because it is located below the level of the bridge and secured by a high wall. My advice: around 5:30 p.m. cross the bridge towards Brooklyn with a city bike, take wonderful pictures of the Manhattan Bridge from Washington Street and the old Pier 1, and return around 7 p.m. via the Brooklyn Bridge on the sidewalk towards Manhattan. - you definitely have the most beautiful view of the city. - valid for the period Mai - September.
linh Thái (10 months ago)
The intricate design and intricate details of the Brooklyn Bridge showcase the craftsmanship and dedication of its builders. Its Gothic arches and stone towers exude a timeless charm that complements the modern cityscape. As I strolled across the bridge, I felt a sense of history and connection to the past. The experience of crossing the Brooklyn Bridge was both exhilarating and peaceful. The bustling city noise faded away, and I was immersed in a serene atmosphere. Watching the city lights illuminate the night sky from the bridge was a sight to behold. The Brooklyn Bridge is more than just a transportation link; it is a symbol of unity, bridging the gap between boroughs and people. Its timeless beauty and significance make it a must-visit attraction in New York City. I highly recommend taking a leisurely walk or bike ride across this iconic structure to fully appreciate its magnificence and historical importance.
Paul D (10 months ago)
Beautiful bridge in New York! I was next to it on a pier with a nice park you can walk through and take pictures. Another small little park like area as well by the ice cream shop. Good place to check out if you're in New York and want something low key. Accessible by ferry. Family friendly.
Michael Allamby (11 months ago)
Walk in the walk lane and bike in the bike lane and you'll enjoy this bridge to the fullest. It's easily the most traveled bridge in NYC for pedestrians and cyclists. Sunrises are the best to look at from the middle of the bridge. The views are unobstructed there. Grab a light breakfast go and enjoy. Like I do.
Emilie (11 months ago)
Really stunning views of the city. My husband and I walked part of the pedestrian path after dinner one night on our recent vacation to NYC. We walked from the NYC side to maybe about halfway across, then came back. The views were just beautiful! Lots of places to grab photos with a beautiful backdrop. It looks like there are little vendor booths or something during the daytime, but everyone was packing up or had already left by the time we got there, which was fine by us. We were curious if it would be very safe, especially if it was night time and potentially deserted, but it was still very populated even at around 10pm, so it didn't feel very sketchy. Although I will say, the path from the restaurant to the bridge was a little less comfortable feeling at certain points. Still, I'd recommend walking at least part of this path during your trip, if you're able! The view of the city lights on the water was a beautiful sight to see! And of course it's a public bridge, so walking across it is free. Definitely add it to your itinerary if there's room!
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