Are you a traveler? Do you think you know everything there is to know about The Brooklyn Bridge? If I were to quiz you, would you know the answers? Make sure you read these 10 Fun Facts about the Brooklyn Bridge and if you haven’t been there, go and experience this wonder!
I have walked across the Brooklyn Bridge several times, some of those instances being really cool and one not so cool.
The 1st time I walked (sort of) was when I was trying to Rollerblade (did I just date myself?) from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Huge mistake! I didn’t take into consideration that halfway across the bridge I would be going uphill. The other thing that was not part of my plan was that the crosswalk is all wood-planks; so imagine that, Rollerblades + wood-planks = painful experience. My knees were shot rather soon. I think I didn’t even finish going across and took the train instead.
The 2nd time was the not so cool one. Just to keep it short and not get all emotional about it, it was during September 11, 2001. During that time I was working in the city and I was part of the last group of people to cross over the bridge to Brooklyn before the bridge was closed down. And yes, I got to see from there the smoke from where hours before the Towers stood.
Lastly, the 3rd time was with my nephews. We had a great time just walking around, enjoying our city, taking some pics and creating loving memories.
Do you have any memories at the Brooklyn Bridge? Please feel free to share them in the comment section below.
Here are 10 Fun Facts about the Brooklyn Bridge:
1. Spanning the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn.
2. It’s 5,989 feet in length and soars 119 feet above the river. The two granite Towers are Gothic in design and rise 276.5 feet above the water. The walk across the bridge is 1.3 miles. The date at the top of the Manhattan tower: 1875.
3. In 1867, one-third of the Manhattan workers lived in Brooklyn and the only way to reach Manhattan was by boat, sometimes the river would freeze solid, stranding commuters and isolating both cities.
4. John A. Roebling was the designer, an engineer who had made a fortune pioneering the manufacture of wire rope made of the new metal: steel.
5. Construction took 14 years and claimed 27 lives, the first being Roebling himself. While surveying, his foot was crushed by a ferry (which, ironically, his bridge would put out of business). After his crippling affliction, Washington Roebling’s wife Emily became his aide, learning engineering and communicating his instructions to the on-site assistants. He died of tetanus. His son Washington Roebling took charge of the mammoth project.
6. The Brooklyn Bridge finally opened on May 24, 1883, and instantly became a triumphant symbol of the city. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964.
7. The Brooklyn Bridge cost $15.1 million to build (more than double what was originally projected).
8. The Brooklyn Bridge was so technically ahead of its time, many could not believe it was safe. On May 31 (a week after opening), 20,000 people were strolling on the bridge when a young woman tripped. Someone screamed the bridge was falling, and in the panic 12 people were crushed to death while hundreds were trampled in the stampede.
9. In 1884, to prove the bridge’s stability, P.T. Barnum paraded 21 elephants across the promenade.
10. The first person to jump from the bridge was Robert E. Odlum on July 23, 1886. A swimming teacher, Odlum made the jump in a costume bearing his initials. He survived the pre-announced jump, but died shortly thereafter from internal injuries.
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