"Brooklyn Bridge & Manhattan Bridge" Brooklyn Bridge Tip by Blatherwick

Brooklyn Bridge, New York City: 191 reviews and 340 photos

  Manhattan & Brooklyn Bridges
by Blatherwick

To the right is the Brooklyn Bridge and to the left is the Manhattan Bridge. The Brooklyn Bridge goes over the East River from Manhattan to Brooklyn. It was the largest suspension bridge in the world when it was completed in 1883 and was the first steel-wire suspension bridge. The view from the Brooklyn side of Manhattan is one of the classic views of Manhattan. At various times, the bridge has carried horses and trolley traffic; at present, it has six lanes for motor vehicles, and a separate level for pedestrians and bicycles. The two inside lanes of the lower level once carried elevated trains of the BMT from Brooklyn points to a terminal at Park Row. Streetcars ran on what are now the two center lanes (shared with other traffic) until the BMT stopped using the bridge in 1944, when they moved to the protected center tracks. In 1954, the streetcars also stopped running, and the bridge was rebuilt to carry six lanes of automobile traffic.

The last of the three suspension bridges constructed across the East River, the Manhattan Bridge today is one of the most heavily traveled East River crossings. During an average day, more than 78,000 vehicles and 350,000 people use the bridge?s six roadways and two subway tracks to pass between Canal Street in lower Manhattan and Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn.

Address: Spanning the East River.
Directions: To get to the Brooklyn Bridge take the subway A, C High St. - Brooklyn Bridge or 4,5,6 Brooklyn Bridge.
Phone: (212) NEW-YORK
Website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/bridges.html

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  • Updated Sep 25, 2005
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