Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge, stretched over 5,989 feet over the East River, is one of the most ancient suspension bridges found across the country. The bridge connects the two boroughs of New York City: Manhattan and Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn Bridge was envisioned and designed by a German engineer, John Roebling. It was very unfortunate when Roebling died of tetanus just a few weeks after the construction began, following which his son Washington Roebling continued his father’s unfinished work. Building the word’s largest suspension bridge of the time was certainly not a simple task, and it affected Roebling’s health significantly. Within a few years, he was unable to even visit the site due to partial paralysis, after which his wife Emily Roebling took over the job, and effectively supervised the bridge’s completion.

After the completion, the bridge came to be known as the “New York and Brooklyn Bridge.” It wasn’t until 1915 that the bridge formally came to be known as just Brooklyn Bridge, and has been a distinguished part of the New York skyline since then.

When seeing the bridge in person, one can practically visualize all the memorable New York based movies and television shows that have been made. A visit to New York is simply incomplete without a postcard-like photograph on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Interesting Fact for Kids: The Brooklyn Bridge has six lanes for cars, and a walkway on the side for bicyclers and pedestrians. Commercial vehicles are not allowed on the roadway due to weight limitations.

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