"Brooklyn Bridge" Brooklyn Bridge Tip by bct341

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

  Brooklyn Bridge
by bct341

Considered a brilliant feat of 19th-century engineering, the Brooklyn Bridge was a bridge of many firsts. It was the first suspension bridge to use steel for its cable wire. It was the first bridge to use explosives in a dangerous underwater device called a caisson. At the time it was built, the 3,460-foot Brooklyn Bridge was also crowned the longest suspension bridge in the world.

The bridge opened to the public on May 24, 1883, at 2:00 p.m. A total of 150,300 people crossed the bridge on opening day. Each person was charged one cent to cross.

The bridge opened to vehicles on May 24, 1883, at 5:00 p.m. A total of 1,800 vehicles crossed on the first day. Vehicles were charged five cents to cross.

Today, the Brooklyn Bridge is the second busiest bridge in New York City. One hundred forty-four thousand vehicles cross the bridge every day.

Address: Spanning the East River.
Directions: 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/infrastructure/brooklyn-bridge.shtml

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 10, 2004
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