The Brooklyn Bridge has always fascinated me! After a long Sunday brunch, I thought the time had come to find out why! A perfect spring day meant we were not alone! Bikers, runners, walkers and joggers all had the same idea as this small group of Australian tourists.
Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the States. It’s spans the East River connecting Manhatten and Brooklyn.
There’s a sad history to the bridge with the original designer, John Roebling, sustaining an foot injury whilst working on the bridge. He eventually died from tetanus as a result of this and his son, Washington Roebling, took over from him as the driving force. He too suffered a debilitating illness so his wife Edith became the the liaison between Washington and the site’s foreman. This only happened after she had learnt higher maths to cope with the drawings she had to interpret. Smart lady!
You can see why the views attract millions of visitors to walk over the bridge…they are stunning.
The best views are seen by walking from Brooklyn to Manhattan. If you are aware of this, remember to keep looking back if you start out from Manhattan! Walking both ways solves the problem!
From our dedicated walking and biking paths, we see the cars rushing back and forth on their six lane roads below.
The bridge is an amazing engineering feat. Two huge masonry towers stand eighty four metres tall but it is the distance between them – 486 metres- that made this the longest suspension bridge in the world for twenty years.
Roebling made the bridge six times stronger than it needed to be. Four of the strongest cables have diameters of eleven inches and are anchored to the ground but even if they collapsed, there are enough cables to support the bridge.
Brooklyn is a thriving neighbourhood and whilst you are here, you should explore the area. Just at the foot of the bridge is the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Near here, you’ll find the The River Cafe, the perfect spot for lunch with a view or head to Grimaldi’s Pizzeria on Front Street for their famous pizza.
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