The Brooklyn Bridge was built between 1870 and 1883 to connect the boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan. It is a hanging bridge in Neo Gothic style with a length of 1825 meters which made it the longest suspension bridge in the world by the time of its opening.
The history of the construction of Brooklyn Bridge begins 160 years ago when an engineer named John Augustus Roebling could not cross to the other side of Brooklyn by Ferry because there was ice in the East River.
Since then, he began to design the historic Brooklyn Bridge, an innovative bridge for that time, using steel cables that allowed it to support an even greater burden.
The northeast-southwest orientation greatly help avoid river erosion. Besides, having such a wide space between each tower (486.3 meters) has favoured the bridge's aerodynamics. These were ideal characteristics that make it possible, 130 years after its opening, to carry a traffic of more than 145,000 vehicles a year. It is the only bridge of its kind still safe.
And that was how on January the 2nd, 1870 the construction of the bridge began. Thanks to the work of 400 workers approximately 23,000 miles of steel cable and countless tons of granite and cement could be settled. All this effort took away the lives of 27 people due to the insecurity of the works, especially during the laying of the cable.
Film and television industry has made sure to impress this beautiful bridge in our memory, one of the most famous sites to visit when you go to New York. We can see it in movies such as Gangs of New York, Deep Impact, Godzilla, Superman Returns, I Am Legend ... and many other movies in which the bridge usually gets destroyed.
It can be crossed by car in one of the 6 lanes or by walk through the pedestrian walkway. Both options allow you to admire more closely the immense Gothic towers of over 80 meters high.
Yet one of the most beautiful views you can have of Brooklyn Bridge with New York City in the background is from the Brooklyn Bridge Park, where you can sit down and watch a memorable icon of the city of New York.