The Brooklyn Bridge

The Bridge Builder's Triumph in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

The Brooklyn Bridge under construction (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)

When the Brooklyn Bridge, originally called the East River Bridge, opened to the public on May 24,1883, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. On its first day, approximately 1,800 vehicles and 150,000 people crossed the 1.1 mile span between Manhattan and Brooklyn, with Emily Warren Roebling (wife of Washington Roebling) as the first to ride over the completed bridge. Today the Brooklyn Bridge’s pedestrian walkway, a wooden boardwalk 11 feet above the lanes traveled by automobiles, caters to more than 4,000 pedestrians and 3,000 cyclists each day, while over 150,000 cars whiz by below. And though there were serious doubts as to the stability of this bridge (probably because so many other bridges had collapsed prior to its construction), the Brooklyn Bridge has remained a dependable means of crossing the East River, and was designated as a National Historic & Civil Engineering Landmark in 1972. [Read more…]