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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Julia Damtoft (7 months ago)
A lovely walk and the best view of Manhattan and Brooklyn too! There are also vendors selling souvenirs and things along the bridge which is fun browsing. The walkway is set above the road which is great because you can actually have a conversation with people instead of all voices being drowned out by loud cars and supersonic motorbikes.
Stephen Kowalchuk (9 months ago)
Definitely worth a walk up. In my 30+ years of visiting this great city this was my first walk up the bridge. So glad I did it too. I did it at night in late September. It was a bit chilly & windy but we’ll worth it. The views on both sides of the river are nice. Highly recommend this & it’s free!
Juliana Nunes (9 months ago)
Brooklyn bridge is one of my favourite places in NYC right now. Beautiful and well maintained besides the history behind it. I loved knowing a bit more about Brooklyn and its bridge. My golden tip is for you to go early! We went to catch the sunrise (we got there around 6:30am) and it was spectacular. Almost nobody was there, was pretty easy to shoot as many photos as we wanted and videos as well.
Anthony O'Connell-Gros (11 months ago)
Great Bridge from where you can see a lot. Best to go for this walk in the morning when there are fewer people. The lats are not all fastened down fully and this just adds to the experience and shows the age of the bridge. Obviously the bridge is free and let's you get from one side to the other so it has great views and serves a purpose. Check it out if you have the time.
Ankit Saini (11 months ago)
It's one of the iconic locations in New York City, and you can see the fantastic view of the city's skyline. You can enjoy the walk and can cross the bridge and see the beautiful pictures. If you are planning to do that, then I would suggest going early morning when you won't find many people and can enjoy the walk
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